#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.  

#00.Surf Ski Coach Introduction

On the 1st July 2017, Paddle 2 Fitness launches a new surf ski coaching podcast, called Surf Ski Coach. The podcast will be a world first with tips on how to become a more efficient surf ski paddler, exercises to assist and paddler interviews. Our aim is for you to either listen to the podcast on the way to training or while paddling on the water. Our coach, Julian Norton-Smith has a combined elite athlete and coaching background of over 30 year. We know from the thousands of surf ski paddlers that we have coached over the years that you will improve from these podcasts and we look forward in hearing about your results. Be sure to follow us on Instagram: p2fcoach and Facebook: @surfskicoach.p2f