Back in the early Eighties there was a small band of Bodyboarders who had a peculiar style of riding called the “Wounded Duck” style. It was always somewhat of an anomoly to me. Why would a hand-full of guys have this same style and where did it come from?
“Then there were the guys who made the transition from paipo to bodyboards and became some of the first pro stars of bodyboarding – Jack Lindholm, J.P. Patterson, and Pat Caldwell. The later 2 guys were prone riders who rode paipo style on a bodyboard – hips forward – legs lifted, inside hand back or in the face of the wave and outside hand forward – opposite of most bodyboarders today. The bodyboard/surfing media called it “wounded duck style”, but it was the same style most paipo riders had been using for years.”