If you’re wondering why the site is looking different this morning you’re not alone.  I’ve gotten a few emails wondering.  I call it an un-theming.  Normally you theme a website and the old paddlewoo looked pretty good.  But as I’m so focused on dedicated practice, efficiency and conservation of effort in my surfing right now, the site and its fanciness just didn’t fit anymore to me.  So I uncluttered and stripped it down to its absolute essentials, which is exactly what I’m trying to do with my surfing, mindset and businesses right now.  And it feels good!

Someone asked me yesterday why I’m giving away all this free advice when I own a paddle surfing school and do private coaching.  That’s an easy one for me…  I’d much rather we focus on your turns and performance than getting waves while you here for a week surfing incredible waves, and this is stuff you can practice in a lake, river, wherever before you come down.  So… here comes another freebie…

If surf stance is #1 mistake I see while coaching, the #2 is that folks are never on their tail when they think they are…  Today I was coaching a good friend, Pim, whose been to our area a few times.  He is a good paddler and confident in big surf.  He works in a lineup well, and we have a lot of fun surfing together.  We just wrapped up a video session.

Pim, I love you buddy, but I’m gonna throw you under the bus here for the betterment of our sport 🙂  Pim is a good enough surfer to know that he should be back on his tail… and we talked about it a bit before surfing this morning.  Here are 2 screenshots from video showing foot position.

Paddle surfing foot position on tail

Notice:  Front foot on the heel side rail and back foot in front of front fins.  Correction would be to have front foot on the stringer and back foot over front heel side fin.

Not getting back to the tail on a SUP

Here again, front foot is on the heel side of the board, this throws in all sorts of problems on future maneuvers and back foot is forward on the board.


The fix starts with paddling into the wave in surf stance.  If you are in a semi surf/race stance with your front foot still on your heel side rail and not on the stringer it throws off balance to move around on your board.  So, get your front foot on the stringer before you paddle into the wave and then you can just move back on the board.

Heres some reasons to get on your tail:

  • You can take later drops.
  • Your tail rocker is more aggressive than your mid-rocker so you’ll turn harder with less effort.
  • That’s where your fins are, so you’ll hold tighter on the wave and pivot the board faster.

When you think you’re on your tail, move back another foot and maybe you’ll be there!

If you haven’t listened to the Jamie Mitchell podcast yet, your missing out.  I guarantee it will inspire you to be a better you today and tomorrow.

Here’s what Dave Kalama said about it on instagram yesterday:

Just listened, it’s really good stuff. Must listen.

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