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Beginner’s Guide
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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Imagine Surf’s Dave Kalama points out that many of us rely too much on our knees while trying to balance on a standup paddleboard.  This can result in overcompensation and an uncomfortable experience.  Instead focus on your hips for balance and movement and you will in turn, increase your comfort and stability on the water.
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Pro Tip Dave Kalama To Increase Speed and Efficiency
Dave Kalama gives a great tip from for paddlers who are unknowingly swinging their paddles out too far to the side and wasting time and effort to get their paddle forward again. His tip will increase efficiency and speed once practiced. Check it out:
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8 Beginner sup tips
Learn key standup paddling tips in these short clips by Sam Ross where he teaches us the basics of sup, how to improve your stroke and become a better paddler, how to use your core for optimum performance, how to perform a reverse paddle turn and finally, the step-back or pivot turn. This is a...
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“Poorly fitted paddles and poor biomechanics are the root causes of many stand up paddling injuries. To avoid overuse injuries it is important to use a paddle with the correct length, blade surface area, and shaft flex. It is equally important to use a paddling technique that is in harmony with the natural biomechanics of...
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Dave Kalama of Imagine Surf gives us a pro tip One of the most common mistakes people make while standup paddling involves slashing the paddle blade at the start of the paddle stroke. This creates a pocket of air behind the paddle which prevents the paddle from truly gripping the water and being effecient. Basically...
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One of the first lessons I learned (the hard way) while standup paddling was how to fall off my board properly. Luckily I was learning in a beach break that had little to no rocks or hazards. I noticed when I was falling in, my natural instinct to fall feet first would kick in. Doing...
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Imagine Paddlesurf points out a common mistake most new paddlers make by gripping their standup paddle incorrectly which can cause injury and how to fix it
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Sean Poynter takes us step by step through the finer points of learning to catch a wave on your sup including how to spot where the wave will break, how to align your board in the wave, your stance at different parts of the wave, and finally, what to do with your paddle. More tips...
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Before you head out standup paddling it is important to know what type of break you will be heading into as well as where the waves are breaking. 1. Beach Break Beach breaks tend to be fairly inconsistent breaks with waves breaking in multiple locations along the beach as well as further in and outside....
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Riding ocean waves looks so cool, and the experts make it look so easy. This video gives you the four golden rules to help you get started on the right learning curve. You need to hone your flatwater paddling skills before heading into the surf zone. Practice without a lot of other paddlers or swimmers...
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Dave shares his technique for improving your stand up paddling stroke with his soft jab boxing technique. Let us know what you think!
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Dave Kalama discussed tips on how to save your lower back while standup paddling—from the QuickFit paddle series from Quickblade Paddles // Shot by Chris Aguilar.
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Kick turns or buoy turns are an important skill for the standup paddler to learn and master. There is a wide application for this skill in our sport from racing to wave riding to just being a more skilled sup’er in any body of water. Here Beau O’Brian gives you an easy step-by-step walkthrough on...
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