Biomechanics of Surfing Essays

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How do biomechanical understandings influence the learning of and performance in surfing?
The problem with my surfing is my paddling technique.

Understanding the fundamental relationships in mechanics, helps form a foundation for the analysis of human movement in surfing. The main principle or law of motion I am going to look into is Newton’s Law of Action and Reaction. This law of motion is mainly applied when paddling. It helps me understand how the application of force to my arm and hand determines the speed and movement of my surfboard and this allows such movement to become more efficient.
The most important skill in surfing is learning the correct paddling technique. A good paddler catches plenty of waves while poor
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According to Newton’s Law of motion, the forces that 2 bodies exert on each other are: * Opposite in direction * Equal in magnitude
Newton’s third law of Action and Reaction states that every force produces an equal and opposite force, which is evident in drag force and lift force, when paddling. An appreciation and knowledge for these two forces allows and helps me to develop a better paddling technique and how to improve it.
The objective of paddling is to create enough propulsive force and momentum to catch a wave. Paddling helps you get through the waves without being exhausted. My video footage shows me falling off the back of plenty of waves; this was mainly due to my poor paddling technique and lack of momentum.

We are now going to look at a proper paddling technique. * Video footage
Highlight key areas and techniques the professional surfer used: * His/hers feet are together and his toes are on the end of the board whilst paddling, * His/hers body position is in the sweet spot, meaning no drag. * Paddling speed is explosive for the first 5 strokes * Long effective strokes from the top of the surfboard * He/she keeps arms in contact with water for as long as possible * Caught plenty of waves

How to improve my paddling with the information and understandings of biomechanical principles:
Show improvements through video footage: * Video of improved paddling technique