Surf Technique: Backside Paddle Transition in the surf by Paddle Barbados


Surf Technique:  Backside Paddle Transition for smooth turns in the surf.

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Some folks make it all look SO easy.  Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados is not only a skilled sup surfer but an articulate coach as well.  Check out his tutorial on Backside Paddle Transitions here.


Improve your surf technique:  Learn how to smoothly transition your paddle to turn on the wave with this video on Backside Paddle Transition created by Jason and Sarah Cole of Paddle Barbados.

Jason Cole, the 2015 Barbados National Sup Surf Champion, describes the 3-step approach to backside turns.

1. Switch the paddle to the backside on the drop into the wave
2. Touch the paddle to the water on your bottom turn and rotate around it.
3. Stab the paddle into the water at the top of the wave to pivot off of

4. Release the paddle and surf on …

For MORE instructional videos to improve your sup surf technique, check out:   Kai Lenny’s Pro Tips on How to Top-Turn

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.