I surf a lot of shallow reefbreaks and am unable to paddle my foilboard out traditionally. Instead I resort to having it on it’s side and I do a one-arm paddle/kick like a lifeguard rescue. It’s not very efficient. Whenever I try and flip the board over and paddle it I just slip off.
Are people actually waxing the bottom of their boards? Anyone putting a little grip on it? I’m worried about the drag effects. Any other techniques?
I put a few of the RSPro hexatraction stickers on the bottom. They provide some minimal traction for an easy paddle out, but if its choppy or if I need to get through whitewash theres a high probability I’m going to slip off. Its pretty awkward to paddle a short board like this because you aren’t really centered.