Coaching surfboat crews is very challenging. It combines scientific and technical factors in an ever changing environment. Surfboat coaching includes surf skills essential for safety and competitiveness. Surfboat coaches must prepare competitors to respond to the unexpected with a sense of adventure.
A crew is made of five members: four rowers and a sweep. The sweep stands at the back of the boat and steers using a long oar. The remaining four crew members have one oar each – it’s their job to haul the craft out through the swell.