Reframing Balance

Erik Antonson
Erik Antonson
June 6, 2016July 30, 2016

Take your paddle and put the blade in the sand.  Just enough so it won’t slide away.  Now stand in front of your paddle and push it up so that it goes almost all the way up to vertical, but still falls back to your hand.  The closer you try to get to vertical the higher the chance that it will go over and fall to the beach.

That’s stability on a small paddle board.

It’s not balance.  It’s controlled falling.  If you’re doing it correctly, you’re always slowly falling and erring to fall on the paddle side.  The margin of error you need to maintain varies due to chop, current and wind.

You can learn new and stronger tools to grow the margin for error.  The micro-adjustment that I journaled on last week is a push back towards neutral, so is your stroke.  If you go too far over you can lower your center of gravity to a squat.  These are tools to control falling, not balance.

More volume, width and length slow fall speed and increase the margin for error.

This is a deep change in the understanding of  surfing small paddle boards and opens up new drills and practices to further that goal.

Being balanced means being vulnerable to variables.  Controlled falling equals stability.


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