SUP Surf Instruction – How to Paddle Through Breaking Waves

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watersports products. One of the most challenging aspects of SUP surfing is paddling out through the whitewater,
or recovering after you’ve been caught inside the brakes zone. So that’s what we’re going to take a look
at in this video. We’re going to assume that you’ve already developed a solid foundation of
paddling skills, because you shouldn’t be heading out in the surf zone without
them. The first thing to mention, is how
important it is that you be aware of your surroundings. As a rule when you’re learning to surf
or if you’re unsure of your ability to control your gear in the surf zone, DO NOT surf where there are other
surfers, swimmers, or even waders. It’s simply too
dangerous for both you and those around you. Whether you’re
recovering from a fall, or just paddling out, you have three real
options for getting through the surf. One option is to lie down on your board
and paddle out with your paddle on the deck in front of you. This can work in smaller waves, but big
waves will knock you over and wash you back in. The best way to deal with big waves from the lying down position, is to get off
your board, push down on the tail, and push the board over the foam as
you dive under the foam while holding your paddle. The second option is the paddle out in
kneeling position and ride over the whitewater by leaning
back and taking a hard stroke as you hit the foam. Once again, this technique will work in smaller
waves but it won’t be very effective when waves get over, around, three feet. The third, and best option, for getting
out through the surf is to actually stand up and paddle. But you need to learn how to punch over
the whitewater first. When standing and paddling out through the surf, you’ll want to assume a hybrid stance, with
your front foot pointed forwards and your back foot more sideways. You’ll also
want to have your feet slightly staggered; one towards the nose, and one slightly towards
the tail. You’ll also want to be standing a little
further back on your board to make it easier to get the nose on top
of the whitewater when you’re punching over the top of the waves. Now what you’ll want to do, is take a few solid but smooth strokes on the toe side of your board to create some board momentum toward the incoming wave. Having forward momentum is extremely important because without it you’re much less stable. As the foam
approaches, you’re going to want to keep your center of
gravity low by bending your knees. Just as the foam is approaching the
nose of your board, you’re going to plant a solid stroke and
you’re also ging to want to put pressure on your back foot, but don’t lean back, but put pressure on your back foot
keeping your center of gravity over your board. You’re going to take that stroke, and that
pressure on the back foot is going to lift the nose over the foam. You might find it helpful to move your back foot further back as you do this. If all goes
as planned, your board will skip up onto, and over the
foam pile, The key to making this work is keeping
your knees bent and your center of gravity over your
board. You are going to want to also maintain an active paddle That means you are going to have that paddle blade in the water or you’re going to have it on the surface of the water acting as a brace. If you get knocked off balance, you may
have to drop to one knee. But you’ll need to get up as quickly as
possible and get ready for the next wave. If you’re interested in learning more
about BIC stand up paddleboards, or if you’re looking for advice on how to choose the
right board for you, check us out at Visit and check out the full range of stand up
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13 thoughts on “SUP Surf Instruction – How to Paddle Through Breaking Waves

  1. remember,, unlike surfing a wave, you can get hundreds of trys at this per hour, and consequently, get good quick!!!, its strangely good fun!!, thats why I'm here!!. good vid this, can't knock bic stuff either, though many try!!..

  2. Great tips ! I delved in an purchased a used carbon ocean race sup.

    Totally in love with it ,

    It catches waves effortlessly and on smooth water with the wind and tide it like your standing on an engine.

  3. I'm pretty confident in standing up with 1-2 foot chops, but Hurricane Nicole is giving us some pretty heavy swells in Boca Raton and I'm pretty stressed out with life so SUP'ing is my relief. Thanks for the vid.

  4. and go to breaks where surfers cant surf, if you go to crowded surf spots you'll be so well hated and vibed out of there fast.

  5. This vid is pretty old so not sure who will see this comment. I surf with an iSUP. One technique that has really improved my ability to get over the foam pile is borrowed from river surfing.
    Do everything you see in this video but DON'T let your paddle hang back when you hit the foam. As your nose starts to go over the foam reach as far FORWARD as you can with the paddle, plant it in the foam and take a hard stroke. This will help pull you up and over the foam pile.

  6. Hi, we're students working on a thesis project for a stand up paddle, this survey will only take you a couple of minutes but it will help us very much, thank you for you help!

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