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…