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How to Duck Dive

Posted by Rick | March 19th, 2007 | Filed under Outdoor Sport


The secret to surfing Oregon beach breaks in the winter is being able to dive deep under broken waves while paddling out. If your board isn’t too floaty, you can actually come out the back of whitewater without being pushed toward the shore. Here are five simple things to remember:

1. Paddle hard, directly at the monster, even if it seems like you’ll get creamed.
2. When the wave is about ten yards away, push the nose of your board as deep as it will go.
3. When your nose is down deep, use your knee or toe to sink the tail, leveling the board under water.
4. At this point, the broken wave will almost have reached you. Pull your body down to the surfboard, so you’re under water with it.
5. As you feel the wave pass above, angle the nose upward slightly, so you come out of the back of the wave nose-first.

Like any challenge, the key to success is facing it head-on, without fear. Charge it with confidence, and you’ll be surprised at the trouble you can avoid. And don’t forget to keep your eyes open down there. It’s an amazing view.

5 Responses to “How to Duck Dive”

  • March 20, 2007 at 9:12 pm | The Snaz says


  • March 21, 2007 at 10:45 am | Asterisk says

    You’re right, it definitely is an amazing view…


    I can’t remember seeing too many views like this in Oregon, though.

  • March 21, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Rick says

    Nope. Most likely if someone is next to you he/she is either in a black suit or a gray one…

  • March 23, 2007 at 8:09 pm | Slaphappi says

    Don’t forget to pull your hoody up!

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