Surf Technique: Backside Paddle Transition in the surf by Paddle Barbados


Surf Technique:  Backside Paddle Transition for smooth turns in the surf.

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Some folks make it all look SO easy.  Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados is not only a skilled sup surfer but an articulate coach as well.  Check out his tutorial on Backside Paddle Transitions here.


Improve your surf technique:  Learn how to smoothly transition your paddle to turn on the wave with this video on Backside Paddle Transition created by Jason and Sarah Cole of Paddle Barbados.

Jason Cole, the 2015 Barbados National Sup Surf Champion, describes the 3-step approach to backside turns.

1. Switch the paddle to the backside on the drop into the wave
2. Touch the paddle to the water on your bottom turn and rotate around it.
3. Stab the paddle into the water at the top of the wave to pivot off of

4. Release the paddle and surf on …

For MORE instructional videos to improve your sup surf technique, check out:   Kai Lenny’s Pro Tips on How to Top-Turn

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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.