paddles out to ride the wave

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Does "paddle out" here mean "to swim with bare hands" or "to use an oar"? She is a surfer, who doesn't seem to need an oar or paddle. I'd like to know if "paddle" here means "oar". And she is one-armed, handicapped.

7) Once again, Bethany faces off against Malina, her fierce rival. She needs one more big wave to beat Malina.
With only two minutes left, however, the waves suddenly die down, and the surfers can only wait while counting down to the end of the competition. However, Tom's belief in his daughter's instinct
is proved when Bethany is the only one to sense a big wave forming
and she alone paddles out to ride the wave. Indeed, a big wave forms. .....She rides the wave using her one-armed surfing techniques.
 
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Does "paddle out" here mean "to swim with bare hands" or "to use an oar"? She is a surfer, who doesn't seem to need an oar or paddle. I'd like to know if "paddle" here means "oar". And she is one-armed, handicapped.

7) Once again, Bethany faces off against Malina, her fierce rival. She needs one more big wave to beat Malina.
With only two minutes left, however, the waves suddenly die down, and the surfers can only wait while counting down to the end of the competition. However, Tom's belief in his daughter's instinct
is proved when Bethany is the only one to sense a big wave forming
and she alone paddles out to ride the wave. Indeed, a big wave forms. .....She rides the wave using her one-armed surfing techniques.

You can paddle with an oar/paddle or, as surfers do, with your hand(s). As she's surfing, it probably means the latter here.
 

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Surfers lie face down on their surfboards and use their hands to paddle out, away from shore. Once far enough away, they try to "catch a wave" and ride it in while standing on their boards. Yes, you also paddle a boat (like a canoe) with oars, but that is not what this is talking about.
 
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