Duck diving a longboard is a little challenging and, in some case, not always necessary. When the waves are smaller, and you don’t need to go under the wave, the best way to get outback is to go over. As you can see from the image sequence, it’s quite a nice way to get out back, and with our hints and tips, you should have no trouble getting over the waves and outback. Let’s get to it then.
Izzy Henshaw pops over the breaking wave.
As you paddle towards the wave you want to go over, it’s time to get your hands in the pop-up position, head up, shoulders forward and your eyes looking in the direction you want to go. Placing your hands on the board will help keep you stable through the process.
As you begin to get closer to the wave, it’s time to start adding more weight onto the back of your board. Use your knees to guide you and keep your board stable. Keep your hands in the same position as before. The aim is to get the nose out of the water slightly; it’s very different to the start of a duck dive.
Over you go
Now you’ve begun to go over the wave, your hands are still firmly fixed on your board, and your knees are pushing down a little more. Keeping your chest up and open with your eyes fixed on the horizon will help keep your stability through the final stage.
The final push
It’s now time to bring your knees up a little more. See how Izzy has positioned her knees; they are pretty bent at this stage, giving the board the final drive up and over. Once you feel like you’re over the wave, it’s time to start pushing down with your hands, still keeping them in the pop-up position.
Back to paddling
Now you’re up, and over the wave, it’s time to resume your paddle position and either get ready to do the same again on another wave or find your spot to wait for the next set to roll in. The key to this manoeuvre is to stay strong throughout the entire process. Believe you can do it, trust in your ability and go for it!