How to push through waves
- 23 May 2018 | Surfing
The push through, or punch through technique allows surfers to get past a small broken wave and reach the lineup without having to duck dive or turtle roll.
With bigger board, it is often more challenging to get out-the-back. However, sometimes, the turtle roll is not necessary. Sometimes, you don't need to get into the water to survive an incoming wave.
All you need is to paddle hard toward the whitewater, and with the subtle, yet technical push-up skill, you will get over the wave faster and effortlessly.
This technique should be performed in flat water areas and perpendicular to the wave, and requires little practice. As you approach a rolling wave, around six feet before impact, do the following:
1. Paddle toward the broken wave;
2. Get your legs together;
3. Put your toes on the tail;
4. Grab the rails with both hands near the pectorals;
5. Push up, arch your back, and allow the whitewater wave to roll on top of your board;
6. Continue paddling out-the-back;
Remember that it is easier to push through waves when you carry enough speed. You don't want to stop and wait for the wave to reach you. Otherwise, you'll lose your balance and fall off to the side.