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To make it out to the lineup and catch that blissful wave, you’ll first have to maneuver through the impact zone and white water. A good duck dive technique is hard to master, but with practice will get you outside the breaking waves faster.
The three elements of a great duck dive are proper timing, submerging your body and board, and resurfacing.
|Practice on land and flat water to
perfect your duck dive technique.
Properly timing your duck dive will make it easier to perform the maneuver. Paddle hard to gain momentum. Start your duck dive early enough to fully submerge your board and body before the wave comes. As a general tip, give yourself at least a boards length distance.
At this point, you and your board are completely submerged. As the wave passes, point the nose of your board towards to surface of the water. Keeping the tail low and nose high will help you avoid popping up backwards. Start paddling again as soon as possible to get out of the impact zone faster.
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