Breaking Down Stroke with Larry Cain, Podcast

John, from Distressed Mullet, posted this video a while back –

I use it as inspiration to focus on stroke while surfing.  After a few weeks of using Larry’s stroke as a model for power and hinge I thought it would be great to get him on the show.  I asked.  He was into it.  And here it is…

Our discussion could have been broken into two shows.  The first half is a technical stroke discussion.  The back half is a window into the mindset needed to win gold in the olympics.  Both are valuable.

Published by Erik Antonson

Erik is the founder and host of the PaddleWoo podcast, 2X Costa Rica National SUP Surf Champion and owner of Blue Zone SUP Camps.

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  1. Hello, Erik. Thank you for this podcast episode. Larry is truly a legend.
    I have some competitive flatwater canoe background and I enjoyed Larry’s explanation of the paddling technique and the “feel of flow”. That’s exactly how I have been taught to paddle by my coaches. That said, I SUP surf only and I think I have a pointer for surf paddling specifically that works for me.
    – Sprint: When trying to catch a wave and I need a burst of speed. While I have most of my weight on the paddle, I don’t do a full stroke, but series of short fast strokes (3/4 of a regular stroke) just to get the board moving. I still apply the same technique that Larry explained: keep my hands straight, wrists relaxed, initiate the stroke from my legs in a wave-like motion, open shoulders up.
    thanks again!

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