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Launching a SUP in waves can be a daunting task if you don’t know how. But with a basic understanding of how best to control your board and paddle in the surf, you will soon feel confident and feel able to go out in bigger waves. Whether it’s a surf SUP or race board the basic principles are the same…

  • Don’t put your leash on until you get to the waters edge
  • Consider where is best/easiest to launch
  • Keep your board at 90º to the waves at all times
  • Stand to one side and use 2 hands to control your board
  • Ensure your paddle blade is pointing towards the shore at all times
  • Keep your fingers away from handle when in the waves
  • Push down on the tail of your board when the wave approaches
  • Don’t get on your board until approx waist depth
  • Paddle hard and get out back as quickly as possible
  • Stand up as soon as you feel confident to do so
  • Get you confidence up launching in smaller waves before you attempt the big stuff!
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