Board Paddling Skills and Techniques

The knee paddling stroke can be broken down into five phases - reach, catch, pull, release, recovery.


The Reach


    • Reach out and take a full stroke.thereach
    • The arms should extend to the maximum.
    • Look forward and keep the head and chest close to the hoard, your butt should be up.

 Common Errors

    • Not fully extending arms
    • Keeping head and chest too high.
    • Looking down instead of forward.
    • Sitting back with your butt on your legs


The Catch


    • There should be a feeling that your hands have caught something solid as they enter the water and you are pulling the board over it.
    • thecatchPropulsive force on the hands should go from zero to maximum load instantly.
    • Keep your hands relaxed and you should feel the water on your fingertips.

Common Errors

    • Maximum power is not applied.
    • You don't feel the solid grip of the water on your hands.


The Pull


    • The hands are driven deep and the arms are buried up to the elbow.thepull
    • Maintain an even pressure with maximum power.
    • The hands should travel parallel to the centerline of the board.
    • Chin and chest remain close to the board with your butt up.
    • Do not lift or throw the water.

Common Errors

    • Not burying arms deep enough.
    • Allowing the head and shoulders to move up and down. This causes the board to hobby horse and slows you down.
    • Hands not traveling parallel to the centerline of the board.
    • Not taking a full stroke.


The Exit


    • Do not lift or throw water back as it wastes energy.theexit
    • The exit should be quick and smooth to eliminate any drag.

Common Errors

    • Throwing or lifting water
    • Hand exit is not smooth and quick


The Recovery


    • The elbow is bent and high.therecovery
    • The hands are close to the surface of the water and close to the board.
    • The hands are relaxed and they move straight forward.
    • Look straight forward and keep the head and shoulders close to the board.
    • This keeps the board on a smooth even glide.
    • Keep your movements relaxes, easy and smooth.
    • The best way to check an efficient recovery is from head on.
    • The hands should travel a straight line.
    • This is the shortest most relaxed route.

Common Errors

    • Elbows are not bent.
    • Hands and arms travel to the side or up instead of straight forward.
    • Looking down at the board instead of straight forward.
    • Shoulders, arms and hands are not relaxed
    • Duration of recovery is too long.
    • Head and shoulders are lifted causing the board to rock nose to tail.