Wounded Duck Explained

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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, over the weekend I was reading a very informative Paipo Interview with Trevor Yamamoto where he explained:

“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.” 

Eureka!

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3 thoughts on “Wounded Duck Explained

  1. Yep, reckon it looks easier than what it actually is riding Wounded Duck since it distributes your body-weight more evenly over the surface of your board, it actually flattens out your planing surface. This is contrary to what one tries to achieve on a bodyboard, since your whole mission is to stay on the rail… Think I’ll try it on my Paipo first.

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