#10. Downwind Paddling – See it!

All the best surf ski paddlers are able to see and link the swells effortlessly, how? In our second part of Downwind Paddling, we talk about seeing the swell. Once you know what to look for and maintaining your average pace (Podcast #09), you will be dancing between the swells like the pro’s in no time.



#09.Downwind Paddling – Maintain Your Average Pace

This month we thought its time to start teaching our listeners how to paddle the perfect downwind. For us, there are several main fundamentals all paddlers first need to understand so over the next couple of podcasts, we are going to break each of them down so you can master each one before moving onto the next. This month’s podcast is all about ‘maintaining an average pace’. Too many paddlers drop below their average pace making a downwind paddle more like a resistance paddle. If you can master this first step, you are well on your way to becoming a great downwind paddler. You will find a graph on our web site under the Podcast tab. www.paddle2fitness.com.au/podcast


A graph on what happens when you drop below your average pace (Downwind Paddling)

#08.Breathing Rhythm

Are you breathing correctly? Do you have a rhythm when you paddle slow or fast?

In this month’s podcast, we’ll be talking to you about the importance of breathing and how we can get more oxygen into you body without changing the process but by increasing (or decreasing) the rhythm in which you breath.

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Happy Paddling.

#07.Footplate Connection

This month we would like you to think about your footplate connection.

A solid, forward pressure connection will improve your balance, control and handling of your ski or kayak. Our coaching advise is that you should always have some forward pressure from your toes and heels and simply apply more pressure to the single heel when leg driving.

We trust you enjoy and get benefit out of our latest podcast.

#06.Paddling Through Waves

With the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving season in full swing and a number of surf ski paddlers around the world having to paddle off a beach to get access to open water, we felt that this month we would discuss ‘Paddling Through Waves’. A simple skill once mastered, can be performed on any size wave. 

Its all about the 1, 2, 3 / L, R, L and for you to keep paddling no matter what size wave is in front of you. 

So we hope that this months ‘Surf Ski Coach’ podcast helps you get off the beach a little faster so you can enjoy the open water that little bit more. 

#05.”STOP” Focusing on Leg Drive

All great coaches find / have a number of different ways in which they communicate to their athletes, while I would not say I deserve ‘great’ tag, I am always looking to find new way to communicate technical advise to my athletes. 

This month, I would like you to STOP focusing on leg drive. The action of leg drive ‘DOES NOT’ assist with rotation. It is in fact the twisting of the hips that straighten the legs. If you would like to know more, then please listen to this months Podcast. 

In addition, we have 10 x Vaikobi paddling hats to give away. To receive one, we would like you to write a positive review on either iTunes or Soundcloud and we will send you a Vaikobi / P2F hat. Listen all the way to the end of the Podcast and we have another free gift for you but you will need a Vaikobi / P2F hat first.

Merry Christmas and hope you all have a great 2018. 

Surf Ski Coach

#04.Get Off The Wash

For us at P2F, to be a great downwind paddler, you have to find your catch.

We have coached, and see, a number of paddlers on the water and the one thing we have noticed is the same paddlers are almost always riding the wash, never taking a lead. While these paddlers feel that they are going faster and keeping up, to us, this is a sign that they struggle to find a solid catch and need the wash’s assistance to make up for this technical fault.  

Downwind paddling is all about hitting the catch and accelerating the ski on to a swell / runner. If you don’t have a good feel for the catch, downwind paddling is almost impossible. 

Please note, we are not saying not to ride the wash is training, we are just saying to keep it to 30-40% of the session. 

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Get off the wash to improve your feel on the ‘Catch’

#03.Paddle Length

Ever wondered why a 6’2″ paddler has the same paddle length as a 5’10”?

This episode of Surf Ski Coach will explain why and give you a way to work out your own paddle length depending on your paddling height and what model of surf ski you paddle. A correct paddle length will enable you to produce more power, give you the ability to rate higher when needed i.e. downwinds and in the end, give you better control and make you more efficient. 

This is a photo of a paddler with a near correct paddle length for his torso high and model of surf ski

#02.Paddle Angles

Before we start talking about technique, lets make sure you have the correct paddle angle. Over the years I have seen too many paddlers, paddling with the incorrect angle for the type of paddle they have or due to physical limitations. This podcast will show you how to set YOUR correct paddle angle, giving you a 100% catch and setting you up with a more powerful stroke. 


Here you see a paddle with their right blade too open at the catch.

#01.Hand Positioning

I see a number of development to elite paddlers always looking for that 1% that will help them go faster. When I ask “where do you place your hands on the paddle shaft” they come back to me with a blank look or some type of 90 degree rule when you rest your paddle shaft on your head. At P2F we believe in a balanced approach and this podcast will have your hands in the right position, paddling stronger and more efficiently straight away.