In stand up paddle, the pivot turn or the step back turn is a great technique to use, ideal for buoy turns or turning quickly to catch a wave when in the surf. It is very efficient and, by reducing the amount of board in the water, is also the quickest way to turn your board around. In this video, Sam Ross from Red Paddle Co demonstrates the key elements of this manoeuvre using his 10’6″ explorer.
When approaching the pivot turn the leash foot should be the foot that is furthest back. So when you are anticipating the turn, step back into a surf stance, push on the back leg so the nose of the board is slightly in the air. Then make large sweeping strokes with the paddle. Once the manoeuvre is complete move back to the centre and assume the paddle position.
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