3 Tips That Will Change Your Take-Offs For The Better

16 Nov 2016 15 Share

COASTALWATCH | SURF COACH 

Episode 003 / Series 001
Duration 2:26 

Hosted by Matt Granger of Manly Surf School & NSW High-Performance Coach 
Additional footage provided by Craig Halstead, Matt Grainger & Victor Cestari

In this series, Matt Grainger will walk you through the common mistakes and three tips to improving crucial surf skills. These videos are exclusively available for Coastalwatch Plus subscribers - Join now and you could win an ALL EXPENCES PAID, luxury Indo surf trip with 3 mates thanks to Sumatra Charters. ENTER HERE.

Catch a new episode & drills each Wednesday for the next 6 weeks covering these areas;

Episode 1 - Paddling 
Episode 2 - Duck Dives
Episode 3 - Improving Takeoffs 
Episode 4 - Generating Speed
Episode 5 - Bottom Turns
Episode 6 - Cutbacks 

SERIES 2 WITH NICK CARROLL
Episode 1 - Relaxing The Upper Body

Episode 2 - Paddling Faster & Smarter
Episode 3 - Positioning & Reducing Line-Up Anxiety 
Episode 4 - Delaying The Turn
Episode 5 - Weight & Balance
Episode 6 - Six Killer Drills

VIDEO OVERVIEW

The reasons why you might be having problems with take-offs is generally because you're not paddling hard enough, not getting enough speed and dropping down too early and not building enough speed to make the first section. 

On your backhand, you want to paddle hard and put the weight on your inside shoulder (right shoulder for goofy and left shoulder for regular-footer) as your paddling and as soon as you jump up to open up your shoulder to open up the line. 

COMMON MISTAKES WITH TAKE-OFF TECHNIQUE

- Not paddling hard enough
- Not paddling on an angle 
- Dropping down to the bottom of the wave too early

TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR TAKE-OFFS

1. Paddle hard to generate your momentum and speed (See paddling drills)
2. Position your board on the angle in the direction you will be going to ease the drop and to help continue the momentum you've built in the paddle.
3. You need to get your speed in the top third of the waves so it's important not to drop down to the bottom of the wave as soon as you jump up. 

DRILLS

Again this week we are focusing on body weight and body movement exercises because your take-off is a fast, controlled movement. We need to build speed, agility and strength and the best way to do that is with this mini fitness circuit.

WARM UP
Lie on your back, curl up in a ball and roll around to loosen up your lower back for one minute. Have a 20-second break and repeat 3 times. 

DRILL #1 - Mixed Body Movement Circuit

20 second rests in between each activity 
Repeat 3 times 

  • 45 seconds of pop up burpies
  • 45 seconds of squats (advanced: 1-legged squats)
  • 45 seconds of push ups
  • chin ups to failure
  • 45 seconds of commando crawling
  • 45 seconds of dynamic lunges

Have you got questions about improving your Take-Offs? Ask Matt Grainger in the comments area below...

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