Become a Paddling Pro in 4 Easy Steps

Become a Paddling Pro in 4 Easy Steps

Surf Lessons

Do you love the sun and the sea and do you want to improve your paddling technique for your next surfing or kayak session? In this case, paddling training will do the trick!

Surfing and kayaking, which involve paddling, strengthen your core and boost cardiovascular fitness. On top of that, they tone your arms and shoulders, burn fat, and ward off stress.

Learning to paddle is easy. Sure, it does require some practice, but it’s well worth the effort. Follow these steps to become a paddling pro:

Maintain Good Posture

Good posture is crucial when paddling. It not only helps improve your technique but also reduces injury risk.

Relax your shoulders, sit straight, and look straight forward. Remember to breathe and open your chest. Keep your feet against the foot pegs when kayaking and your legs together. And keep your feet together on your surf board. Your knees should be slightly bent. This allows you to move and rotate your torso with ease.

Practice Different Strokes and techniques

Whether you’re using a kayak, stroke as close to the centre line as possible. Experiment with different strokes, such as sideways draws, sweep strokes, low braces, high braces, and reverse strokes. As you progress, add more power to your stroke. Start with the basics and try new techniques along the way.

When surfing try to paddle with one arm after the other, don’t use two arms at the same time, make long and deep strokes, keep your hands relaxed and minimise any rolling from side to side.

Exercise outside the water

The water is not the only place to improve your paddle skills. Perform exercises in the gym or at home that target your back, shoulders, arms, and core muscles. This will boost your performance in the water and keep you injury-free.

Sprint training

Once you learn the basic strokes, paddle as fast as possible for about 20 yards. Slow down and repeat. This will increase your paddling strength and improve overall fitness.

Here you go! Now you know what it takes to start paddling like a pro! The more you practice, the better you’ll get.

Double Island Point – The perfect place to learn to surf in Australia

Double Island Point – The perfect place to learn to surf in Australia


If you’re new to surfing, then it may seem a little overwhelming trying to figure out where book your surf lesson. Which beach will have the easiest waves for you to master your skills on. Stop doing too much thinking and listen to those who know.. We have already found the perfect break for you! Double Island Point is an untouched and serene location, known for Australia’s longest beginner waves.

The secluded location can only be reached by 4×4 vehicles and once you’ve reached this hidden gem in the middle of the Great Sandy National Park, just the views and crystal clear water will be worth it! The panoramic views are matched by the spectacular beginner waves. This secret amongst pros and surfing enthusiasts alike is the ideal place to learn or even refine all of the tips and tricks needed to be surfing like a champ within days. Come on down for a surfing adventure with Epic Ocean Adventures and be surrounded by the enchanting wildlife of the Great Sandy National Park and have the surf adventure of a lifetime.

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Learn to Surf Epic Style!

Learn to Surf Epic Style!


We couldn’t be more excited summer is here and the team from Epic Ocean Adventures are as keen as every to get in the water and improve your surfing! From first time surfers to more advanced surf guidance we have the team to make you progress fast. Our surf instructors are highly experienced, fully accredited and take the time to work with each participant personally to not only get them surfing but enjoying a rewarding experience in a fun, safe environment. What are you waiting for? Come surf with us at Double Island Point!

Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing

Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing


The minute you get on that board, you’re engaging your core, not to mention the cardio it takes to get into position to catch a wave.  Surfing is an excellent sport to choose for someone who wants to have fun while they get their daily exercise.  The water provides the perfect environment to relax and get in-touch with your own body. 

For those who feel a little intimidated or overwhelmed by the physicality of surfing, there are some great workouts you can do while at home to make things easier.

Improve your Balance

You don’t need amazing strength to surf proficiently, balance is where you’ll want to focus most of your training into.  The majority of surfers out there put a lot of time into working out and strengthening their balance at home or in the gym.  You’ll see a lot of exercises regarding squats, but you should invest in a balance platform to improve the strength of your feet and ankles, as well.

Getting more Core Strength

Core and balance go hand-in-hand for surfing, you must have a strong core if you want to climb up and stay up on your board.  You can apply some easy exercises at home without the use of any equipment.  Planking is a solid core workout, as well as sit-ups.  Switch things up by doing some side-planks, which require you to lay on your side, elevate yourself onto your elbow, then hold yourself above the ground for two seconds before dropping back down.  Repeat this 20 times before switching sides. 

Upper-body and Paddling

Working out your arms and upper body is key to an enjoyable and long surfing session.  You can do paddling workouts in a pool or you can stick to traditional upper-body workouts in your home.  If you can bring your surf board to your local pool, start doing laps of 100 yards.  Repeat 2 times or until you feel exhausted, then follow that up with a set of 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for 2 minutes and repeat another round of reps.

This will help train both your endurance and your power when paddling. 

If you can only train on land, replace those 100 yards of paddling with jumping jacks, punching up with 2lb free weights, and push-ups.  We recommend 50 jumping jacks, 20 reps of free weights on each arm, then 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for two minutes and repeat again.

These workouts will be very challenging for beginners, but this should not deter you!  You will experience great progress with your surfing abilities within weeks.

Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour

Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour


We were lucky enough to be greeted by an adolescent Humpback Whale on our casual paddle at Double Island from Noosa and Rainbow Beach. As you can see the whale approached super close and then swam under our kayak for a better look. This isn’t an everyday occurrence but when it does happen everyone gets pretty excited! We are still seeing most whales passing by heading north keen to get up to migrating waters but we can confirm that we are already starting to see some whales migrating south again. Sometimes when they do come south they swim a little closer to shore and rest in the bays with their new born.

As we always say on our tours and in the wild, you never know what you might see in this spectacular National Park but there is always plenty of activity. Conditions have been no less than ideal for our tours and we a wrapped to be able to showcase this stunning region to so many new travelers and holiday makers.

Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia

Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia


Humpback whales make their presence known along Australia’s east coast every year, between April and November, as they migrate to go mate and give birth after a summer of feasting on krill in the Antarctic.  This makes for a unique opportunity for residents of the surrounding coastal towns and visitors all across Australia.  A one-of-a-kind whale-watching where tens of thousands pass by, many within plain sight!

Catching a Glimpse

The wide range of months that humpback whales can be spotted making their way across the eastern coastline of Australia is due to the variation each year, usually influenced by water temp and the conditions of their feeding grounds when they are down under. The first appearances, the young males, are usually in June closely followed by pregnant whales with calves in tail.  Fully grown adult males fill in the gaps in the middle of the migration. You can quickly identify humpback groups of younger males by their playful behavior and dynamic jumps out of the water. The last whale sights are usually in November, when the whales are migrating back home.

A Lucky Sight

Humpback whales were nearly driven to extinction at the height of whaling from the 19th century and into the height of the 20th century.  After the International Whaling Commission banned humpback whaling, the humpback whale population was reduced to less than 5% of their original numbers.  Experts believe that if the ban were a year later, the numbers may have been too low for the humpback to ever recover.  Thankfully, that isn’t the case, now the humpback whales have grown tremendously in population size since the 1960s when they were still illegally hunted enmass.

Making it Count

Researchers continue to track the population growth, thanks in part by the Australian public’s volunteers who go whale watching every year to count whales from sunrise to sunset.  With oversight from scientists and expert whale watchers, the community volunteers are able to get a good count on the many thousands of humpback whales that migrate each year along Australia’s east coast.

Sydney, Eden, Port Stephens, Narooma and Byron Bay in New South Wales are some of the most popular gatherings for whale watchers, while volunteer counting is mostly focused in smaller gathers at places like Cape Solander in the south of Botany Bay and Cape Byron Lighthouse in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area.  Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia holds official census gather for both population numbers and any noticeable changes of health or behavior of whales.

This season the humpback whale tally is expected to reach over 30,000 members.  What an incredible story of resilience for these beautiful animals.