Steering and boat control drills

Steering and boat control: in waves and rough water

Set-up/entry

Fast-Zero: quickly enter the water maintain as much forward reach and rotation as possible so that the blade reaches a stable stationary position as fast as possible.

Heel!: place blade in water at your heels, then on next strokes slowly move the entry forward until the paddle “plops” (i.e. no longer quiet) on the entry or your elbow flexes on the entry

Entry/catch

Heel II: feel force application act through your heels in pushing the hull forward from catch onwards into the whole pull

Non-catch: enter quickly and cleanly and let hull move past paddle without pulling. Used in surfing when you let waves pass

Pull

Rough water single side: paddling on only one side keeping top arm locked in place for the pull and recovery (feather blade and slide forward over the water). Do an even pattern (10 strokes left, 10 right, 10 normal or 20 seconds left, 20 second right, 20 seconds normal) or a descending pattern 10L10R 10 normal, 9L9R 10 normal, 8L8R 10 normal, etc.).

Block: Top arm stability- keep your top arm hand in front of your face from catch to exit. Stabilizes in rough water.

Power stroke: enter, catch, pull and exit at normal speed then slow down recovery (glide phase) for 1-4 seconds. While surfing

Set square: top arm elbow angle remains fixed (set at 90-135 º, suggest you start at 90º and move outwards as skill, flexibility and strength increase) while doing figure of eights.

Zero2sixty: overemphasize acceleration to exit/de-emphasize catch/pull for exit.

T-10%: lili dip the initial 90% of the stroke with good technique then finish with solid acceleration of the hull thorough the exit

T-25%: lili dip the initial 75% of the stroke with good technique then finish with solid acceleration of the hull thorough the exit

T-50%: lili dip the initial 50% of the stroke with good technique then finish with solid acceleration of the hull thorough the exit

T-75%: you must have figured this out by now…

Eyes closed: paddle with eyes closed for 10-20 strokes and feel for the catch and resultant boat movement while turning figures of eight.

Rough water- eyes closed: as above in rough water, both into waves, with waves and in side waves.

Heel III: feel force application act through your heels in pushing the hull forward through the whole pull

Accelerations: practice applying 1-3 powerful strokes to accelerate hull as fast as possible with downwind.

Exit

Zero-Fast: Exit the water as quickly as possible so the blade goes from stationary in the water to hull speed as fast as possible.

Single side: paddling on only one side keeping top arm locked in place for the pull then quickly exiting into an ear touch then return back down and slide blade back forward (feather blade and slide forward over the water). Do an even pattern (10 strokes left, 10 right, 10 normal or 20 seconds left, 20 second right, 20 seconds normal) or a descending pattern 10L10R 10 normal, 9L9R 10 normal, 8L8R 10 normal, etc.).

Heel IV: feel force application act through your heels in pushing the hull forward right up until the exit is clear of the water

Recovery

Ear: in rougher water after exit reach up and touch your ear with the exiting hand.

Parallel: in rougher water allow exaggerated glide with paddle parallel to water at chin/shoulder height (hold 1-2 seconds: see power stroke)

Power stroke: enter, catch, pull and exit at normal speed then slow down recovery (glide phase) for 1-4 seconds.

Metro-surf: same drill in rough water to learn how to move with waves; lean forward slightly when going up a wave and lean back slightly when going down.

Steering Drills

Figure8: steer figure of eights in a variety of wind and wave directions.

Surfing Drills

¼ : practice surfing waves at a 45° angle to direction of wave travel. Practice to left and right.

Speed reader: practice downwind paddling in fast surfing conditions where hull speed is less than dominant wave speed.

Slow reader: practice downwind paddling in slow surfing conditions where hull speed exceeds dominant wave speed.

Multi-tasking: practice reading and linking wind waves to ground swells

Linking: planning ahead to build speed on 1+ wave(s) in order to bridge onto a faster wave(s)

Hip in: pushing hip into the direction you’re surfing

Hip out: pushing hip away from the direction you’re surfing

Re-entry: practice a deep water re-entry after falling off deliberately

  • In flatwater
  • In rough water
  • In shore break
  • When tired
  • Mid-way through an intensity piece

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