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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Paddle Your SUP Out Over Surf Waves

Trying to figure out how to paddle a SUP out over surf waves?  

Here's a few tips..

- Aim directly at the incoming waves.

- Gain speed in forward or surf stance using short strokes similar to a race start.

- As the wave approaches - if in forward stance - put one foot back to raise the nose out of the water a bit.  Make sure both feet are on each side of the center line.  Both on the center line will be unstable.

- When the wave hits your nose, squat down - but keep paddling.

- When the wave crests or breaks under you board - keep paddling.  Here, many stop paddling mistaken, thinking they're over the wave.  On big powerful waves, if you stop paddling here - they'll kick you backwards, and you'll have to start over.  Keep the speed, don't stop paddling til you're 100% over the wave.

- One tip here is to push a rail down on one side of the board to angle board over the wave crest. This allows the board to cut through the wave and releases wave energy on the upside of the board, especially if you have a round nose board.  Pointed nosed boards slice through waves easier.

- If there's more waves coming - keep paddling for the next one.

                                           Watch my video of paddling over several waves.

Safety Tips:

- Don't paddle out directly behind another surfer.  If they get kicked backwards, they'll crash into you.

- Don't paddle out where others are surfing in.  Use the sides of the surf area to paddle out.

- Always use a leash.  If you fall or get kicked back, your board will take off and possibly collide with others behind you (loose ski effect).

- If you're a beginner in the surf, find your own wave away from experienced surfers. Unless you can turn with pinpoint precision out or down a face, keep your distance.


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