How to Remount Your Surf Ski or Ocean Ski

How to Mount Your Surf Ski or Ocean Ski

Learning how to remount your surf ski or ocean ski is one of the most important skills you must learn. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend that you learn to master this skill very early; it will make your paddling more enjoyable and could avert disaster.

Fortunately for me, I watched a YouTube video on how to remount a surf ski before I paddled for the first time. I say fortunate because it was only a matter of seconds before I fell off. Had I not watched the video, I would not have had a clue on how to get back into the ski.

In the first two weeks I spent a lot of time trying to get back into my ski after falling out. Within half a dozen or so attempts I became quite adept at the remount.

After about two weeks of paddling, I ventured out to sea with a couple of fellow paddlers. The sea was quite rough and it wasn’t long before I found myself in the water again. This time it was more challenging to remount. The wind and swell played a big part in making the remount more challenging and of course, once in the seat, you have to stay there.

OK, so now I consider myself very skilled at remounting. After all, I’ve done it so many times.

Ski Remount Technique

Let’s talk through the fundamentals of the remount.

  1. Face the ski into the wind or the swell.
  2. Position yourself alongside with your paddle in your hand on the far side of the ski.
  3. Place your far side hand on the edge of the ski at the widest part of the seat
  4. Place your nearer hand on the near side of the seat and a little forward, so that your hands are shoulder width apart.
  5. Tilt your ski towards you and using your legs to push, slide your torso over the seat making sure to keep your head down.
  6. You can now rest here as you have your ski balanced.
  7. You may need to re-position your near side hand to prepare for the next move.
  8. Now, keeping the ski steady and level with your hands, lift your bum and slide it into the seat.
  9. I like to swing my inside leg over the ski and place it in the water on the other side of the sky. This aids in stabilizing the boat.
  10. When you’re ready, lift one foot into the ski and then the other and away you go.

When you’re in the swell, you might like to wait for the swell to lift your ski at the same time that you complete step 5 above. Then wait for the next swell to lift your ski before attempting to slide your bum into the seat.

Here’s a video of me remounting my ski.


Alternative method.

Some people prefer to swing one leg over the back of the ski in step 8. I can’t comment on this method as it’s not one I’ve attempted. It just doesn’t feel right to me. However, it may prove to be more comfortable for you.

Another tip is to practice sliding into your seat while at the shore. You can just slide into the seat from a standing position near the shore line. This will help you to practice getting stable in the ski as you slide in.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to learn this skill. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be to spend more time in the water than is absolutely necessary.

Finally, can I suggest that you take all safety precautions while learning? It’s easy for your ski to blow away from you in the wind or for you to get so tired that you just can’t get back in.

In the above cases, please wear a flotation device and a leg rope that attaches you to the ski.

I hope you found this helpful and happy paddling!

More about the Author
Keith is a guest blogger and a beginner in the ski paddling sport. He is a partner in a business that provides Ski Paddling Courses online. You can find more at