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Re: Ways to stop surfing sideways ?

I know, I know, I shouldn't have been there - but..... I got surprised by a swell that was much larger than all of the rest and was unable to turn or move quickly enough to get out of its way (I didn't want to surf with the wave).

I realise that rolling was an option (not prefered, as its the middle of winter down here), but wanted to know if its possible to "paddle" out of this situation. I've seen surfers swerve out the back of waves - is this an option? (I would have thought that with no lateral movement, this would be hard to achieve).

thanks, Steve