Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stand Up Paddle SURF TIPS!!!

 How to make it to the Outside Line-up
     Do you Stand Up Paddle but you want to start surf SUPʼing?  First 
thingʼs first, you need the proper board. A stand up paddle surf board is 
incredibly different from a flatwater SUP board. Itʼs shape and size 
drastically affect a boardʼs glide in the water so make sure you have a SUP 
that was shaped by an actual surfboard shaper that has plenty of surfboard shaping
experience. We love our 9'0 Siren Sojourn for the surf and our 
12'6 Flatwater Paddle Co. race board for flat water training. You will also want
 to make sure the length of your SUP is shorter than a flatwater SUP in order
 to “make the drop” onto a wave and to also ensure that you will be able to turn
 your SUP once youʼre up and riding.

      Now that you have the right board, youʼll need to resize your paddle, 
or better yet, have a paddle that you use for surfing and one that you use 
for flatwater SUPʼing.  I love my Kialoa Pipes Paddle for surfing as it has a more 
narrow blade which for me works the best for surf sup'ing.  For flat water paddling 
I love my Kialoa Hulu Race Paddle.  Paddling in the ocean is different from paddling
on a lake so I like my surf SUP paddle to be a few inches shorter than my 
flatwater paddle. You will be utilizing shorter, quicker strokes in order to 
catch a wave and then once on the wave you donʼt want a long paddle that 
may get caught up in the whitewater which could jam your shoulder as you 
stroke throughout your ride.

     Okay, your equipment is set and you are ready to hit the surf and you 
ask yourself...how the heck do I make it beyond the breakers to what surfers call the 
outside line-up? This is tricky, especially if you donʼt have a lot of experience on 
the ocean.  If you can and there is a channel where the waves are not
breaking, paddle around the waves to the outside, where you can easily 
catch waves.

      If you are not that lucky and youʼre faced with white water wave after 
white water wave, then walk your board until you are knee deep in the 
water making sure to point the nose of your board directly at the waves 
coming towards you.  Even one inch off-center matters when punching the
nose of your board through the surf.  Your board will get ripped out of your 
hands and get tossed towards the shore.

     Next, slide your knees onto your board and do what I call the 
"Pocahontas paddle," while still maintaining a direct course with the 
oncoming surf and paddle to get your momentum up.  You can either 
paddle to the outside on your knees which is easier than standing up 
through the surf or you can wait until the first wave passes through you and 
then stand up immediately before the next wave hits you.  Once up, keep
your momentum strong and the nose of your board on a direct 90 degree 
angle to the oncoming surf.
"Pocahontas Knee Paddle"



     Just as the next wave is about to crash onto your board, slide one of 
your feet back towards the tail of your board, bend your knees slightly, 
while at the same time pivoting both of your feet so that your toes are 
pointing at a perpendicular angle to the rails of your sup board putting you 
into a "surfer stance."  Try not to lift your feet off the sup while doing this 
maneuver as every time your feet leave the board you will have less 
control, so slide and pivot instead of jumping.  Brace for the oncoming 
wave and paddle through it as it passes you by.  Your paddle will help keep 
your balance and you need that momentum to make it through the surf to 
the outside.  Quickly slide your feet back to your regular SUP stance and 
paddle towards the next wave and repeat.

Sliding foot back to "Surfer Stance"


     Once you are on the outside, beyond where the surf breaks, wait for
a good wave, pivot back into a surfer stance while at the same time 
paddling to do a "quick turn," then pivot back to a SUP stance as you paddle 
to catch the wave.  Paddle hard and fast.  As you feel the wave lift the back 
of your board, slide your foot back into a surfer stance one more time, 
stroke hard and you will catch the wave.

"Quick Turn" and paddle hard
 to Catch Wave

and surf!

Your paddle helps to keep you stable

so don't forget to use it as you surf!

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