Triple World Short Champion and four-time Lorne Pier to Pub winner, Lani Pallister, shares her tips on navigating the flat water vs the surf.
“The difference in strategy from a race like Pier to Pub (flat open water) compared to a Summer of Surf race (surf race) is how I start the race out,” said Lani.
“The Pier to Pub race is a water start so it is more of a sprint straight away out in the open water, whereas Summer of Surf is a run start which means you have a little bit more momentum going into the swim.
“I am fairly used to swapping between distances, considering I race the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle in the pool.
“For me, doing the longer swims sits a little closer to my heart and it’s a lot easier for me to get a rhythm going by the end of the race.
“I do think the Summer of Surf races are a bit more splash and dash and there is a little bit more luck involved with the waves on the way in. So because of that, I try to make sure I am at least two waves ahead so that I have my pick and people don’t catch waves on me.”
Lani’s top open water vs surf swim strategies
- In-water starts you need to go hard from the start to sit in the front pack
- For a run start use the momentum from your run to carry into your first few strokes
- Because surf races can be involved luck make sure you are ahead of the pack
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