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Tips and How To’s

Stop and read this before your next standup paddling excursion. Lots of insider tips and info to keep you on your game and ahead of the crowd!

When the Hawaiian watermen come together to offer their mana’o, or wisdom, in order to keep you safe, it is generally a good idea to listen. Here are foil pioneers Kalani Vierra, Leleo Kinimaka and Sam Pa’e joining together for a talk story session to promote foiling safety. Foil Safely:  Tips from Blue Planet Surf...
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Coach Sey Chelle from Paddle Monster has a wealth of wisdom on exercises to help you become a better paddler. Check out this short video (and those guns!) to gain more extension through your thoracic spine to improve your reach as a racer or recreational paddler. Sey Chelle:  Thread the Needle, warm up “This is...
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A great video from 2X Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer. Learning How to Paddle Board with Zane Schweitzer Learn the basics from one of the greats:  Zane Kekoa Schweitzer in this great video by Starboard Sup. Zane takes you through the start ups of stand up paddling in this short but informative video.  Covering everything from...
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Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados has a knack for reading the mind of a beginner sup surfer and telling him/her what to do at the right moment. He is articulate, skilled and a true gentleman. Here’s his quick sup surfing video for beginners to help you get out in the surf and begin riding a...
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HOW TO FLY:  Foilboarding has taken stand up paddling by storm. The pros are all obsessed by it, are developing their technique and everyone wants to try it. Here is a great tutorial on Tips and How To’s for foiling from Signature Surf team rider 15 year-old Nate van Vuuran. Signature Surf 15-year old team...
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BIC Sup legend, waterman and ACA Sup instructor Jimmy Blakeney walks us through strategy for standup paddling out into the surf through breaking waves in this video. Tips from the Top:  Jimmy Blakeney on Paddling through Breaking Waves Here’s the overview.  Be sure to watch the video above to see demonstration of the tips found...
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How OWN President Learned How To Sup Foil With Waterman Legend Dave Kalama
Have you Tried Sup Foiling Yet? Here’s a “My First Foiling Attempt” account from our friend Erik Logan, president of the Oprah Network in Southern Cal. Erik is one very stoked sup paddler, who, with his buddy Dave Kalama’s guidance, has just discovered that foiling on a sup is like: “Learning Again” It is tremendously...
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Learning how to surf is one thing.  Bringing your performance to the next level requires thoughtful progression of your skills.  In this video, see how moving your feet can improve your bottom turns, cut backs and get you to the nose. Sup Surfing Tips:  Moving your feet to drive your turns Turning your sup surf...
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Chuck Patterson Naish Malolo foil Puerto Rico
Chuck Patterson, Greg Carson, Thomas Kosmoll and Russ Scully are legendary guys who keep their egos in check and put their energies into healthier pursuits like big wave charging and learning the nuances on how to foil on their stand up paddle boards.  Big men all, but if you catch them in an unguarded moment,...
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What’s Sup with FOAM boards, anyway? Congrats! You took a lesson, tried a rental and/or borrowed a board to play with and are FINALLY thinking of joining the tribe of happy paddlers on the water by purchasing a board of your very own. And then, you realize … there are SO MANY choices. Here’s the...
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Ever lose your paddle while trying to prone stroke your board out into the line up? Here’s a great video from Nate V. of Signature Surf on securing your paddle to your board! The Sup Velcro Project from Signature Surf Take it from the grom:  Paddling through the white water can be tough.  Especially if...
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We asked Starboard’s team rider and World Champ Connor Baxter if we could sit in on his stroke clinic at the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup yesterday.  As ever, the champ welcomed us. In the few short minutes we were there, he dropped a few gems on technique I’d never heard spoken before. Here’s the...
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BEWARE OF WINDS BLOWING OUT TO SEA/LAKE! Spring/Summer Sup Safety Starts TODAY It was almost a year ago that I found myself hearing the tragic news… then the next tragic news. Then a day later, yet another tragedy. Three sup paddlers died over a long weekend in varying locations across America. They each were caught...
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In this video Jimmy Blakeney explains the various types of stand up paddleboard fins and how to install and remove them from your board.
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In this video Jimmy Blakeney from BIC SUP explains various types of leashes for use when Stand Up Paddleboarding and how to attach them to your board and leg.
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TJ Big Winds Pack your inflatable sup
Did you know to FOLD your inflatable rather than ROLL it when you pack it?  Listen to TJ from Big Winds talk about the do’s and dont’s of inflatable storage and care. Most people think that when they pack their inflatables they should roll it in order to fit it back into the bag.  However,...
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Jessica Bellofatto is a pioneer in the Sup Yoga movement.  Before it became all the rage, Jess was playing around on her paddle board perfecting her poses.  She’s a water gal and she combined the two things she loves most (besides her children ;):  Yoga and Paddling.  Over time, Jessica has developed this side of...
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Now, there are those of us who would never paddle in temps less than 60 degrees. That’s cool 😉 But then, if you live in the North East or the PNW and you have a penchant for paddling, you have to make accommodations to paddle in a variety of seasons. It’s all about the gear....
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Stand up paddle yoga or sup yoga has taken yoga to the water all over the world.  A practice that combines breath technique, balancing, strength and water is a combination sure to bring about higher bliss for all of us.  Each pose is a journey.  Every movement a nuance to help you get there.  Sometimes...
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Kialoa Paddles team rider Paul Clark knows whitewater. Living and breathing in the Pacific North West, Paul is an explorer and spends his water time in Oregon’s rivers whitewater paddling. He’s a pro in his field and even helped design the new Big Eddy white water paddle released from Kialoa, newly designed with stability and...
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Dan Gavere knows paddling.  White water paddler, racer and all around technician, Dan has been involved with the sport from every angle from design to distribution.  So, when a guy like Dan says he’s releasing a DVD called, “The Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling”, we sit up and take notice.  Check it out. The...
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Jessica Bellofatto sup yoga
Liquid bliss. Float your yoga. Mermaid yogis. Standup paddle yoga had become quite a movement throughout the country. About eight years ago when I took my yoga practice onto the water, it was seen as something odd and people thought I was a little crazy. Today, try googling Stand Up Paddle Yoga (aka ‘Sup Yoga’)...
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Starboard team rider’s Sean Poynter finds a sweet spot on his 6’10 Starboard Hypernut foil prototype on a sunny afternoon on Amelia Island in Florida. “It combines flying with riding waves, it’s pretty insane to say the least.”  – Sean Poynter When we asked Sean how he felt about the new sup foil popularity taking...
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Ian Cairns is a legend.  Sorry, I don’t know how else to say that. So, when I asked for his help in gathering some sup surfing guidelines for Standup Journal online and he got back to me within a half hour, I was pretty stoked.  He’s watched this sport from it’s inception.  He’s been on...
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Focus Sup Hawaii’s Team Rider Omri Hazor gives a step-by-step instruction on executing a cutback in the surf. Sup Tricks – How to do a Cutback: 1. Generate speed down the line with your legs 2. Look for the point where you will start your cutback 3. Put your weight into your heels and push...
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