IN SURFING, THE DUCK DIVE ENABLES YOU TO PASS UNDER THE WAVE WITHOUT BEING WASHED BACKWARDS
The duck dive is a move that allows you pass under the wave without being washed backwards.
It is performed in a single movement. The technique consists in diving down at the right moment, i.e.:
– not too soon, otherwise you will come up to the surface of the water before the wave arrives;
– or too late, otherwise your duck dive will not be effective and you will get washed backwards . . .
The aim is to do a duck dive at the right time and at the right place: about 2 m from the wave’s breaking point.
THE DUCK DIVE: A SURF MOVE MADE UP OF 3 STEPS THAT FOLLOW THROUGH IN A FLUID SEQUENCE
To pull off the duck dive you have to hold the surfboard rails (the edges)at chest level.
1 – Push the board under the water while stretching your arms out.
2 – Push with your foot at the back of the board, keeping your bottom up. The other foot is stretched out of the water and helps you keep your balance. The leg and the foot push the board down into the water, as deep as possible.
3 – Once the board is submerged, point the board’s nose upwards so you go back up.
Finally, you move your hands towards the nose and press the board against your body so that it pulls you upwards.
Well done: you have just done your first duck dive!