Caught on Film: Surf Launching Techniques with Jim Sammons

Launching is the easier part of the surf equation, just point and go, go, go. Okay, there's a little more...
Launching is the easier part of the surf equation, just point and go, go, go. Okay, there’s a little more…

Caught on Film: Surf Launching Techniques with Jim Sammons

Words and Photos By Paul Lebowitz

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A bad surf launch or landing can cause you to lose more than your lunch, but it is a trial that we gladly face to chase trophy fish.

Jim Sammons of the Kayak Fishing Show stepped in front of the Kayak Fish cameras to share some wisdom. Jim’s well known for venturing into wild water for his show, seen on WFN TV and the NBC Sports Network. In this episode, he covers the easy part: the launch. Scroll down for photos showing the launch sequence.

For more of Jim Sammons, catch The Kayak Fishing Show on WFN TV and the NBC Sports Network, and the KayakFishingTales YouTube channel.


Jim Sammons has been watching the surf as he sets up his boat. He's looking for the pattern, and watching for lulls.
Jim Sammons has been watching the surf as he sets up his boat. He’s looking for the pattern, and watching for lulls.
JIm wades out to knee deep water, ready to hop on and go, go, go when he spots a lull in the waves - usually right after the set swell breaks.
JIm wades out to knee deep water, ready to hop on and go, go, go when he spots a lull in the waves – usually right after the set swell breaks.
Now that he's committed, there's no stopping or hesitation. Jim plants his paddle and powers through oncoming waves.
Now that he’s committed, there’s no stopping or hesitation. Jim plants his paddle and powers through oncoming waves.