I need you to meet someone who will probably change your surfing life. He definitely changed mine. I found Rob Case, surfing paddling expert, quite accidentally. He came up in a Google search my boyfriend did when I was devastated about my paddle being too weak to catch any waves. Next thing you know, I’m sitting enthralled by a 45 minute webinar of the sort of technicality I didn’t think could possibly exist in surfing. Four quadrant paddling? S-stroke? Catch phase? I felt like taking notes!
Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out Case’s analysis of what makes Slater’s paddle so powerful and you’ll see what I mean. Meet you on the other side. You might want to grab some paper and a pen.