Mo Freitas is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in our sport, whether it’s in a race or on a wave. But even the best paddlers—some might say especially the best paddlers—have to protect their bodies from injury. One important way to do that is stroke technique.

In this video, Freitas gives you a single simple tip: drop the wrist of your top paddle hand toward the paddle shaft when entering the power phase of your stroke. This pointer will not only prevent you from over-gripping your paddle but also engage the correct, larger muscles in you core to help you paddle stronger for longer. This engagement has the added benefit of also protecting your shoulders and back from wear and tear. Simple and powerful, just the way a stroke should be.

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