The key points are:
- You’re not pulling the paddle through the water. You want to be thrusting the board through the water while the paddle slips as little as possible.
- Keep the shaft vertical when pulling the blade through the water. To do this, keep your top hand OVER the water, off the side of the board. Think of the blade almost going under the board. If the top hand is over the board, then the blade is farther away from the board, and that will make the board turn, which is good when you want to turn, but really hurts your ability to go straight quickly.
- Enter the blade into the water well in front of you, with both the top and bottom arms about straight, and a relatively straight line from your bottom arm to your top shoulder.
- Start pulling the paddle out of the water when the paddle crosses your foot. All your stroke power comes from the the time the blade is in front of your feet.
I really like this new video from Jim Terrell of Quickblade:
Here’s part one of the series: