We take a look at the science behind why we start in a squat position on a surfboard, and how it can help us stay balanced while paddling.
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The squat position is the most stable position on a surfboard.
When you are paddling out to catch a wave, the squat position is the most stable position on a surfboard. You will be balanced over the center of the board and have more control. When you are paddling for a wave, you will want to be in a kneeling or standing position. The squat position is also the best position for beginners to start in because it is less likely that you will fall off of the board.
The squat position helps you generate more speed.
The squat position on a surfboard helps you generate more speed. By squatting down low on your board, you create a smaller profile in the water, which helps you move through the water more efficiently. This position also keeps your center of gravity low, which helps you maintain balance on your board.
The squat position helps you get up on the wave early.
The squat position on a surfboard helps you get up on the wave early. When you are in the squat position, your weight is focused over the center of the board, which gives you better balance and control. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart and your knees should be bent. You should lean forward slightly from your waist and keep your back straight.
The squat position gives you more control over your surfboard.
The squat position is the most stable position to start paddling. It gives you more control over your surfboard and keeps the nose of your board from dipping into the water. The higher up you are on your board, the more likely you are to fall off.