The board kick is a great manoeuvre to have up your sleeve. Not something you want to be doing all the time, but a great way to help you get out back and over those larger looking broken waves that you think you’ll struggle getting over standing up. Kicking your board up and over the white water will mean it is less likely to get caught in the white water and you and your board are less likely to get washed back in towards the beach. If done correctly your board will stay pointing in the right direction and the right way up, ready for you to jump back onto quickly when you pop up behind the wave. Not having to swim around after your board or reposition your board means you’ll be conserving energy, and be ready to get back on and paddling again before the next wave arrives.
Remember, when SUP surfing it’s important to always be aware of other surfers. SUP boards are big and can be very dangerous in the surf if not kept under control. So always look around you and know who’s near you, particularly if you’re thinking about doing the board kick. Remember, you know what you’re planning to do, but someone else won’t.