What's the most valuable tip you've received from another woman in SUP?

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  • #55899

    annalevesque
    Participant

    Who are your SUP female role models/teachers and how have they boosted your confidence and skills!? Let’s share our knowledge so that we elevate each other! Woot!

  • #55974
    alexasuess
    alexasuess
    Participant

    Evelyn O’Doherty was one of the first people to tell me that not every racer has the same stroke. Yeah – a complete duh moment (I know – you couldn’t figure that out by yourself?!) but a lot of new racers are so stuck on trying to emulate that “perfect” stroke that you forget that everyone has different assets as an athlete. Some people have a great reach with long powerful arms, some people have a really stable torso with which to use that great torque twist method ect. A woman’s stroke will be different than a man’s. The reality is that everyone has a stroke – or two or three or four – that work for them – that may not work with anyone else. Mine happens to be a high cadence which I once thought was a sign of weakness. Now I know it’s not. It’s just what works FOR ME.

  • #56207

    Lynda1818
    Participant

    Every time I receive just one knowledgeable piece of advice it gets me through a race. Recently I began to do more interval training, April Zilg gave her opinion to me at a race this year. She felt as though many are doing our intervals with maybe a false sense of projection. We do intervals with a race pace in mind. It was her advice and opinion to train with a strength goal in mind. That Being said if for each interval we focus on using our muscles instead of the speed frame of mind it makes us stronger paddlers. Personally I must agree and using the Speed Coach it seems that by doing this our speed is about the same but rather than sprinting like crazy the strength you use for each stroke brings the speed to par, gets our heart rate up just the same, and builds our muscle strength. Thank you April!!

  • #57365
    evelynodoherty
    evelynodoherty
    Keymaster

    LOVE this conversation! More please …!

  • #57403
    Seychelle
    Seychelle
    Participant

    One thing I love about this sport is peoples openness and willingness to help each other. Even though I am now probably considered a female sup “role model.” I still love talking to other paddlers and receiving tips and advise. We are always making improvments. April is a good example. She has helped me a lot in the surf, as well as Candace, both before big events where I could have been viewed as “competition.” Instead they offered helpful tips. I thought that was really nice.
    I think Lina Augaitis is my biggest female role model. She has a similar back story to mine. She came from an endurance, not a surfing background. And worked hard and learned the ocean and powered her way to being #2 in the Wolrd before stopping to make a family. That’s pretty much my goal and life dream 🙂 It seems daunting to try and compete agains people who have been surfing their whole lives when you are only just learning those skills. But, it can (and will) be done!

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