A duck dive may be one of the most important skills to help you become a good surfer. It is the way that a surfer dives under an oncoming wave as he or she paddles out to the lineup. It makes paddling out faster and save energy as you surf. Learning to duck dive ensures that all of your progress made by paddling out is not lost by being washed backwards by the wave. You get farther faster and have more time to enjoy the waves.
How to Duck Dive:
- Take a deep breath while paddling hard towards the wave to gain momentum.
- About 3′ from the whitewater, keep your hands on rails and push the nose of your board downward under the water. Think of this as doing a push up while dipping the tip of the surfboard under water.
- Lean forward with your arms. This will help you move under water with your board.
- As the wave gets just above you, put pressure on the back of the board with your knee or foot. This will also push down the back of the board to help you completely submerge the board. Try to get down as flat as possible on the surfboard when you get covered by the waves.
- Once the wave passes over you, pull up the nose of the board to resurface and continue paddling.