How To Duck Dive With A Bodyboard

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When it comes to bodyboarding, the ability to duck dive is crucial. This advanced technique allows surfers to go beneath oncoming waves, rather than getting pummeled by them. If you want to become a more skilled bodyboarder, mastering the duck dive is essential. In this article, we’ll discuss how to duck dive with a bodyboard, step by step.


What is a Duck Dive?

Before we delve into how to duck dive, let’s take a moment to define the term. A duck dive is a technique used by surfers and bodyboarders to dive beneath incoming waves. The goal is to get below the wave and resurface on the other side, which allows the rider to maintain their forward momentum.


How does a Duck Dive Work?

A duck dive is a technique used in bodyboarding to pass through breaking waves while minimizing the impact and maintaining control of the board. It allows the bodyboarder to go beneath the wave instead of being pushed back by its force. Here’s how it works:

  1. Timing: As a wave approaches, it’s important to time your duck dive correctly. You want to start your duck dive just before the wave reaches you to ensure you have enough time to pass through it.
  2. Positioning: Position yourself on your bodyboard in a prone position with your hands gripping the rails (sides) of the board. Arch your back slightly and shift your weight forward.
  3. Spotting the wave: As the wave approaches, keep your eyes on it to gauge its size, speed, and the direction it’s breaking.
  4. Paddling: Start paddling with strong and powerful strokes, building up speed to generate momentum.
  5. Timing the dive: As the wave is about to reach you, perform a strong kick with your fins to propel yourself downward and simultaneously push the nose of your bodyboard down into the water.
  6. Submerging: As you kick and push the nose down, use your hands and forearms to push the front of the board underwater. Lean forward and arch your back to keep the board submerged as much as possible.
  7. Depth control: Control the depth of your dive by using your body positioning and adjusting the pressure on the board. Ideally, you want to be deep enough to pass beneath the breaking part of the wave.
  8. Resurfacing: Once the wave has passed overhead, release the pressure on the board and allow it to naturally rise to the surface. Kick your fins to help propel yourself upward and regain control of the board.


What Equipment Do You Need?

To duck dive effectively, you will need a quality bodyboard that’s the right size for your height and weight. You’ll also need fins that fit properly and a leash to keep your board attached to your ankle.


How to Position Your Body for a Duck Dive

When preparing for a duck dive, there are a few key steps you need to follow. First, as the wave approaches, paddle towards it with speed. Next, as you feel the wave lift your board, arch your back slightly to shift your body weight forward. Then, take a deep breath and hold it.


How to Dive Your Board Under the Wave

When you feel the wave is just about to crash on your head, it’s time to duck dive. First, use your hands to grip the sides of the board as hard as you can. Then, with all your body weight, push down onto the nose of the board, driving it underwater. Finally, quickly release your hands and glide your body under the wave.


How to Resurface Safely after Duck Diving

Once you’ve gotten below the wave, you need to resurface safely on the other side. As you approach the surface, use your fins to kick your board upwards. At the same time, lift your chest up off the board and keep your head down. Exhale forcefully to clear your lungs of any water.



In conclusion, duck diving is an essential and advanced technique for bodyboarding. It can be challenging at first, but with enough practice, you can perfect this move and feel more confident in the water. We hope this guide has helped you understand how to duck dive and inspired you to take your bodyboarding skills to the next level. Remember to always stay safe and have fun out there!

Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell

"I live and breath boardriding"

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