How to Duckdive on a Surfboard

How to Duckdive on a Surfboard
An essential part of learning how to surf, duck diving will keep you from being washed backward by oncoming waves. As the waves start to roll in and the crowds grow, being able to execute a smooth duck dive becomes more crucial. Requiring repetition and practice, duck diving takes time to successfully master.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Surfboard Waves
  • Surfboard
  • Waves
Step 1
Paddle hard to gain momentum when you see approaching waves. Place your hands on the rails to the side or slightly in front of your body. Keeping your arms straight as you push down, use the weight of your body to push the nose of your board under water. Leaning forward as you push will help submerge your surfboard.
Step 2
Take a deep breath before the wave breaks over your head. Your surfboard should be almost completely underwater by this point.
Step 3
Create little resistance as possible as the wave breaks over your body by holding your body flat against the board while continuing to push down with your back foot or knee to level the board out under water.
Step 4
Hold on to your board even if the wave jerks you around. Remaining relaxed will allow you to stay with the movement of your duck dive. If you lose your board at any time, be sure to protect your head and keep your body as relaxed as possible so you can float toward the surface.
Step 5
Aim your board back toward the surface as the wave passes overhead. If you have executed the duck dive correctly, you should resurface and be in position to start paddling again. Remember to keep your forward momentum in case you have to duck dive again.

Tips & Warnings

Do not try to execute a duck diving while on a long board; instead try using the "turtle-roll" to quickly and safely get you through waves.
To prevent injury, never release your surfboard while other surfers are nearby.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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