Rob Casey is the owner of SUP school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle, co-founder for the PSUPA and is the author of two paddling guides.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finless Surfing

Surf kayakers and wave skiers have been surfing finless for years, but they have the advantage of a two bladed paddle which can be used as a rudder (or skeg/fin).  Surfing kayaks since the late 1990's, I didn't use fins until I started to SUP in 2007.  Check out Jeff Burlingham surfing Skook and Steamer Lane,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0JEgrSk98Y

A year ago I came across a video of Aussie Derek Hynd surfing a custom surfboard finless, doing some sweet 360's.  Pretty epic seeing him dance on the triple overhead faces sliding and spinning with ease,  video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjlk-ZiCiF4&feature=related

A few years ago we saw an explosion of finless surfing with Tom Wegener's re-introduction of the Alaia and other finless wood boards.  Here's one of Tom surfing a finless 16' Toothpick, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjlk-ZiCiF4&feature=related

This week I came across a great video of SUP surfer Ryan Helm, working it finless in Mexico - some fun stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0JEgrSk98Y

Here's Arnaud Frennet ripping it on a Naish..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-_5Vy-Hkc



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you messed up your links.

Rob Casey SUP & Kayak Instructor, Writer & Photographer said...

really, how? one link starts with a microsoft ad, but a few secs in continues to a piece on tom wegener.