The fastest bodysurfing take-off

A quick start is vital for a human to reach maximum speed in any short race, either in the water or on the ground. And usually is done with one breath.


Being able to rely on the momentum generated by the legs against a solid body, makes the start time and turns on swimming competitions account for up to 26% of the total race time!


A magicseaweed article tells that “the most important part of surfing, isn't actually what you do on the wave, it’s more to do with how you get into that wave. The take-off sets the entire tone to that ride. Put simply, a solid start leads to a solid finish!”


Could not be more correct. However, bodysurfers can’t rely on the edge of the pool or starting blocks. Also, unlike surfers and bodyboarders, bodysurfers don't have a board to minimize drag. Speeding up from inertia is really hard.  The video on the left presenting the performance of Mauricio Fernandez a finswimming champion, shows that if he can speed up from inertia vertically, reach fantastic propulsion and jump out of the water surface.

Bodysurfers by the underwater body undulation plus dolphin kick using LeblonFins in a streamlined body position, already achieve astonishing fast acceleration from the inertia, that can blow your mind.

We already can dispute and win the wave' priority in the lineup. For decades the bodysurfers have to settle for the remains of the party and stick with the waves abandoned by surfers and bodyboarders.This reality has already changed.  In this video to the right, the swimmer with LeblonFins without using the LeblonFins kick-off, wins easy from the bodyboarder who is also a professional lifeguard.

Who came first, the egg or the chicken?


As bodysurfing was just a playful activity, it seems that people have only limited themselves to imitating what has been considered correct. Front crawl have been the number one choice for starts and take-off.

But front crawl is really outdated and inefficient. The turbulence and drag generated delays the start and disrupts the take-off in such a way that the bodysurfer can not advance to the point where the whole body is free from the foam. But even so, it have been the swim technique used by 99% of bodysurfers. As a result, today's collective visualization regarding bodysurfing is built by thousands of images where only the head, and upper body of the bodysurfer appears. The rest is swallowed by the wave' foam. 


The bodysurfing starts


We broke down the bodysurfing swim-start/take-off into its component phases, and it has been fun to develop techniques that allow bodysurfer to acquire the so necessary propulsion from the inertia.

We believe that "starts" it’s the moment when preparation for catch a wave begins to the moment when the arms and head break out the wave surface (the take-off) when the bodysurfing pattern starts.

A good swim-start are going to positively influence your coordination after take-off, into the wave line. Also, swim-start velocity its related with the speed of your body displacement on the wave line. During the swim-start, bodysurfers need to accelerate and traveling the maximum distance in the shortest time. Also, must following the wave's momentum, at a correct angle to be able to make a clean take-off.

Swim-start is classified in accord:


With or without fins.

On the surface or underwater.

Strokes styles.

Kicking style.

With or without a hand board, and so on.


The last video is about a powerful entry that combines front crawl arms and fish kick. This drill improves arm technique and coordination, and it is one of the fastest ways to catch a wave generating low turbulence.

Keep in mind that it is very important to maintain the arm (shoulder) that goes forward attached to the ear.


The point here is that by using this side dolphin kick, you avoid your fins breaking out the water' surface and lose propulsion. Also, you are close to the surface and can fast visualizing what is going on.

To be continue...


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