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Getting up on a surfboard

Getting from the paddling position to the standing position is extremely difficult for beginners. Getting up requires split second timing, athletic movement, balance and lots of practice. Click on the arrow to the right to see Pat O'Connell do it in a clip from the movie Endless Summer II.

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  • Paddle until the wave lifts you.
  • When the nose tilts down, it's time to get up.
  • Push up & off.
  • Jump to a squat.
  • Stay low.
  • Lean in & turn.
  • Now stand up and enjoy the ride.