Reviewing some equipment we are using.
Using the correct paddling technique affects your ability to travel on the water with ease, progress your SUP skills and minimise muscular injury. ASI Master SUP Trainer, Will Anido demonstrates the 5 phases of the paddle stroke.
Last spring while Dan Gavere was in Hood River he showed us the latest whitewater SUP moves and we’ve been practicing. I’m excited to share some photos and descriptions, but first I want to talk safety. 1. “SUP-ping is swimming” so you need to be a solid whitewater swimmer. Think about getting elbow pads, knee pads, and any other body armor you can find. When you fall off your board, you must keep your feet up to avoid a foot entrapments. This dangerous possibility happens when your foot gets pinned in underwater rocks and is very difficult to recover from. 2. Wear a quick release coiled leash waistbelt and practice using it. You’ll need a coiled leash (not just a rope) to get your board back when you fall off (and you will fall off). This leash needs to have an easy to use quick release waistbelt. Ankle leashes are dangerous because they can't be easily released. If you keep SUP-ping, eventually your board and/or leash will create some sort of entrapment so your life may depend on your ability to quickly separate from the leash. 3. Finally, be whitewater safe. Wear a PFD, helmet, and bomber river shoes. Never SUP alone. Watch out for man-made water features and avoid trees and bushes. And now for the move…
Brit sup’er slasher Glyn Ovens checks in with, “We’ve had a bit of swell over here in the UK, so we broke out the Fanatic inflatables.” (YES, you will not believe these are inflatables in the surf!)
Thanks to Starboard Team Rider Beau O'Brian for a short course on how to perform the best race starts. Race organizers around the globe use varying race starts and Beau takes us through some key tips to get off to the best start.