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, April 30, 2015

Seasickness Tips for Paddlers

Here's a great article on Seasickness for Paddlers (Kayakers and SUPs) from

Any paddler who has suffered the green-gilled demon of seasickness, with the dizziness, nausea, excessive salivation (or worse!) has wished he were instead sitting under a stationary shadetree.
Kayaking SeasicknessWhat is Seasickness?
Seasickness is characterized by dizziness, vertigo, nausea, and/or fatigue brought on by a perception of chaotic motion such as the pitching and rolling of waves. These are debilitating enough for sailors, or airplane or train passengers. But for open-water kayakers, who rely on their own ability to remain upright and under control, the problem can be downright dangerous or even life-threatening.
Preventing the onset of seasickness, or coping with it once it rears its ugly head at you or others in your party, can be a matter of life and death …
What Causes Seasickness?
Seasickness or motion sickness is caused by a part of the inner ear sending signals to the brain that do not match the sensations of motion generated by the eyes. For example, while seated comfortably reading a magazine aboard a ship or plane, your immediate surroundings appear to be a stable, motionless place, when in fact the vessel is pitching and rolling. Your eyes see one thing while your built-in motion/balance sensors detect something very different.  Read Rest of Story...

Author Info: 
Jeffrey Lee edits Superior Paddling, a kayaking website that seeks to inform, inspire, and compel sea-kayakers to explore and appreciate the endless possibilities of paddling and kayak-touring in the upper Great Lakes region. He considers himself an "enthusiastic student" of the art of sea kayaking.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review - Imagine Surf Mission 14' - Inflatable SUP

Review - Imagine Surf Mission 14' - Inflatable SUP

Admittedly this was the first 14' inflatable SUP (iSUP) I've been on and it was a blast!

Board Dimensions: 14' x 6" x 30"

Rider: 6'-5" x 230lbs, Experienced rider.

Test Conditions: 3 different days - 1 - flat calm; 2 - light wind to 15kts; 3 - flat calm with large tug waves.  

Product Link: Imagine Surf - 14' Mission iSUP

Benefits of this board:
- Tracked really well even with a 9" plastic surf fin.  

- Will float small to large paddlers. Large = over 6' and 230lbs.  
- Bright color for on water visibility
- Only a short pump or two was required to keep it fully inflated after a few days.
- 4 tie-down rings on the front deck. 1 ring on tail plus fabric strap for alternative or double leash attachment.

- For my 6-5 230lb frame, I felt 100% stable on flat water and in bumps.  The 6" thickness displaced my weight well and the rails provided secondary stability in bumps.
- At full PSI the board was super stiff which helped stay stable in bumps.  

Single fin, takes any fin.  I used my standard ProTeck 9" rubber fin for rocky bottom conditions then tried the stock Imagine plastic click-in fin which worked well both for quick release and for stability/tracking.  

Directional Control:
Super straight control with little effort.  I think the straight rails in the deck area allow for easier forward control.  

The nose doesn't have much rocker so you have to pay attention to avoid pearling. Luckily my tug waves last week were steep enough the nose was clear on the drop. The board accelerated easily to catch the wave then it took the drop well and bottom turn down the line.  My first time surfing this board (or any board) I expected to wipe out, but didn't, nailed the wave (tugs waves are tricky) and had several fun rides before wiping out on my own accord.  No worries of being clocked by my soft inflatable board or plastic fin.  

Getting Back On:
Like any inflatable 6" thick, I had no problem getting back on but a smaller person may struggle. I recommend waxing the rails to help get on any 6" inflatable board.  Ready my post on Inflatable safety                     tips for more info:

Like most inflatables, it was light to carry versus a fiberglass board of the same size (I am getting a 14' Mission epoxy soon to review). The only con is that the carrying handle is too tight against the board thus was difficult to get my neoprene glove (yes it's cold here) underneath. But easy to lift on the car, drop on the ground with no     worries, etc. Would be fun in rivers.

Tug wake surfing the Mission in Seattle 2015 >

Thursday, April 9, 2015

5 Hand Stretches for Paddlers

Here's five easy stretches for your hands.  Each will help loosen your hands and arms before and/or after paddling.  Make sure to only pull lightly, it's easy to over do it thus leading to injury.  These are also benefitial for those typing on a computer.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to do a Backside Helicopter on a SUP

Helicopter? This means doing a 360 on your SUP while surfing down a wave.

I found this great instructional video on Stand Up Journal's website.

This is a great video minus the advertising from racer Chuck Glynn showing this maneuver in 8 easy steps.  As he says in the end practice is what makes it successful.  The more you paddle and surf, the better you'll get.  Be willing to make mistakes, wipeout, then try again.