Founded in 1979 by the Bic family of BIC pen fame, BIC SPORT grew from a passion for watersports and world renowned expertise in sustainable manufacturing. Visit www.bicsport.com and learn more about our full range of watersports products. One of the most challenging aspects of SUP surfing is paddling out through the whitewater, or recovering after you’ve been caught inside the brakes zone. So that’s what we’re going to take a look at in this video. We’re going to assume that you’ve already developed a solid foundation of paddling skills, because you shouldn’t be heading out in the surf zone without them. The first thing to mention, is how important it is that you be aware of your surroundings. As a rule when you’re learning to surf or if you’re unsure of your ability to control your gear in the surf zone, DO NOT surf where there are other surfers, swimmers, or even waders. It’s simply too dangerous for both you and those around you. Whether you’re recovering from a fall, or just paddling out, you have three real options for getting through the surf. One option is to lie down on your board and paddle out with your paddle on the deck in front of you.This can work in smaller waves, but big waves will knock you over and wash you back in. The best way to deal with big waves from the lying down position, is to get off your board, push down on the tail, and push the board over the foam as you dive under the foam while holding your paddle. The second option is the paddle out in kneeling position and ride over the whitewater by leaning back and taking a hard stroke as you hit the foam. Once again, this technique will work in smaller waves but it won’t be very effective when waves get over, around, three feet. The third, and best option, for getting out through the surf is to actually stand up and paddle. But you need to learn how to punch over the whitewater first. When standing and paddling out through the surf, you’ll want to assume a hybrid stance, with your front foot pointed forwards and your back foot more sideways. You’ll also want to have your feet slightly staggered; one towards the nose, and one slightly towards the tail. You’ll also want to be standing a little further back on your board to make it easier to get the nose on top of the whitewater when you’re punching over the top of the waves.Now what you’ll want to do, is take a few solid but smooth strokes on the toe side of your board to create some board momentum toward the incoming wave. Having forward momentum is extremely important because without it you’re much less stable. As the foam approaches, you’re going to want to keep your center of gravity low by bending your knees. Just as the foam is approaching the nose of your board, you’re going to plant a solid stroke and you’re also ging to want to put pressure on your back foot, but don’t lean back, but put pressure on your back foot keeping your center of gravity over your board. You’re going to take that stroke, and that pressure on the back foot is going to lift the nose over the foam. You might find it helpful to move your back foot further back as you do this. If all goes as planned, your board will skip up onto, and over the foam pile, The key to making this work is keeping your knees bent and your center of gravity over your board. You are going to want to also maintain an active paddle That means you are going to have that paddle blade in the water or you’re going to have it on the surface of the water acting as a brace.If you get knocked off balance, you may have to drop to one knee. But you’ll need to get up as quickly as possible and get ready for the next wave. If you’re interested in learning more about BIC stand up paddleboards, or if you’re looking for advice on how to choose the right board for you, check us out at www.bicsup.com Visit www.bicsup.com and check out the full range of stand up paddleboards, paddles and accessories. .