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Paddling Tip of the Week

August 6, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

You never want to exhaust yourself by fighting the wind if you don't have to, so one of the most important techniques to learn as a paddleboarder is how to lay down and paddle against the wind, surfer-style. If the wind picks up, and you can no longer move forward, lay down, put the paddle under your chest, and paddle with your hands using alternate strokes with cupped hands - left then right. This method is similar to swimming freestyle, and should decrease wind resistance enough to help you move slowly closer to your destination. The weekly paddling tip is provided by the Ocean Tribe Paddling Club, which is affiliated with the Sanibel Sea School. For more information, visit

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