Speed, power and flow. If you’re a competition surfer you’ll be aware of these words as it’s what the judges are looking for in any surf competition, with or without a paddle. But it’s not just for competition surfing, it’s what separates the good surfers from the very good surfers.
What’s this all about on a wave? Speed – keep as much speed up on the wave. Power – surf with a powerful style and look solid and planted on the board. Flow – this is the real art, being able to use all of the wave with your manoeuvres and being able to link them up together to make a complete flowing wave ride.
Riviera SUP surfers Ryan Helm and Brandon Rambo both have a great style. And in this video you can really see that when the waves are on, putting them together with the three little words (speed, power and flow) makes a session worth watching!
So next time you go SUP surfing think about those three little words, speed, power and flow. Then get a friend to film you because what you think you might look like and what you actually look like can often be very different! By understanding these key components you’ll become a better surfer and you’ll get more out of every wave, regardless of whether it’s 1 foot or 10 foot. Give it a go.