SAN DIEGO, California - As much as getting into a wave is important to standup paddle surfing, getting out of a wave can be just as critical. Knowing the ways to get out of a wave can help you avoid running into objects and other paddlers/surfers, get you back out to the lineup quicker, and instill more confidence in your agility among the waves. Once you're in a wave, getting out of a wave can be relatively easy. Here are a few methods from SUP surfing expert, Sean Poynter.
The Turn Out
The turn out is as simple as shifting your weight onto the rail of the direction you want to go. Just as you would with a turn. If you want to turn out frontside, shift your weight onto your toes, as this will turn you right and out of the wave. Turning out backside, shift your weight onto your heels and this will turn you left out of the wave. Of course you can use your paddle to shift more weight onto to do more drastic exits out of the wave.
The turn out is as simple as shifting your weight onto the rail of the direction you want to go. | Photos: Matty & Elena Schweitzer
This method involves shifting your weight to the tail of your board to stall yourself and let the wave pass you by. The best way of doing this is to shift your weight to your back foot with your paddle on the water in front of you. Your weight back on the board is going to slow you down and your paddle on the water is going to provide a brace for you to stabilize and center yourself as the whitewater -and turbulent at times- passes you by.
The Passerby involves shifting your weight to the tail of your board to stall yourself and let the wave pass you by. | Photos: Matty & Elena Schweitzer
The Jump Out
This is my last and probably most favorite of all kick outs, the jump out. And it is as simple as that. It's the act of jumping out of the wave. The jump out is great for a close out wave when you don't have enough time to turn out of the wave or you don't want to wait around to ride the whitewater for an eventual 'passerby' kick out. As evident in the photo, you can also have some fun with the kick out, the more hilarious or stylish the better, and points are awarded if you can do a full barrel roll or flip by the time you hit the water, as it's all about having fun, so go FLIP OUT!
The jump out is great for a close out wave when you don't have enough time to turn out of the wave or you don't want to wait around to ride the whitewater for an eventual 'passerby' kick out. | Photo: Dubock/Standup Journal
After trying these various exit strategies, which one works best for you? Tell us in the comments below!
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