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Now obviously, the more you do something, the better you’ll get at it. But unfortunately spending all day at the beach is just not an option for most of us. But there are afew things you can do in just one session that can really improve your SUP surfing. You just have to remember to do them! So next time you head into the surf, make sure you give them a try if you’re not already.

Other videos you might find useful :

Tuning your thruster fin setup / How to video

SUP surf fins explained / How to videos

Centre fin placement for your SUP / How to Video

SUP surfing paddle height / How to video

 

Aqua Marina Beast 10′6” x 32” / From £380

In this SUPboarder review we look at a cheaper price point SUP to get you into the sport. The Aqua Marina Beast is a great size for an all-round SUP being 10’6” long and 32” wide. The bag and pump may be more basic than other iSUPs (inflatable stand up paddleboards) on the market. But with its good finish and cool graphics the Aqua Marina Beast could be a good board to look at as an entry level SUP.

Aqua Marina Beast 10′6Board details:
  • Length        10”6′
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      304l
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       9.2 kg
  • Rider size   50-115kg
Aqua Marina Beast 10′6Read on for brand video, details and website www.aquamarina.com

Aqua Marina Beast 10′6''With the heart of a race SUP and the generous size, the Beast is a versatile, all-round SUP for paddling at speed in all water conditions. It has empowered with our Super Tough Dual Stringer(STDS) technology, making the board extraordinary rigid yet lighter with superior stroke power, control and balance. While our 3/4 EVA deck design with kick pad at tail make sure the critical cutbacks and turning can be perfectly done. In short it is an all-conditions SUP that delivers ultimate fun.

It’s always good to see SUP action from all over the world. And this event held in Japan Kakegawa shows there are some great fun waves to be had there, and surfers of all levels to make the most of them.

Looks like Japan also has a good level of juniors coming into the sport which is always great to see.

Below is a highlight video of the race event which saw some close finishes.

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Riber are back!  After bringing out 2 boards, 2 years ago, they have afew new boards in their range for 2018. In this first look video we look at one of the smaller boards in their new range – the 9’7” or 295 as they call it. It’s an entry level board designed to get people into the sport at a low price.

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

Length 9′6”
Width 30.7”
Thickness 4′
Price £390

Find out more about Riber’s SUP here : www.riberproducts.com

NWF 2018
Photo by : Sarah Elizabeth Thornely

This year’s National Watersports Festival (NWF) at Rutland Water, East Midlands, UK 8th-10th June 2018 saw a large increase in the number of paddleboarders taking to the water. There was loads going on including races, skills clinics, tours, parties, as well as making use of the large demo equipment on offer across the whole weekend from Starboard, Red Paddle Co, Fanatic, Naish, Jimmy Lewis and O’Shea.

“NWF 2018 –  epic, inclusive, competitive, parties and fun for all the family”

As part of NWF, race 3 of the GB SUP National Series took place which saw paddlers taking part in sprints and a 10k distance race.  For new people to the sport, there was also a Challenge Tour distance of 5k, with paddlers heading out across the reservoir and down the north shore.

Results: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=140025

While the adults were out racing, Sam Ross ran a series of short races and skills session for juniors and there were skills clinics throughout the weekend.

Windsurfers, divers, dinghy sailors and kayakers were also keeping the water busy at Europe’s largest manmade reservoir, with foiling demos showing the future to a captivated audience.

As with last year, the weekend also saw teams of four taking part in Dragon and XL time challenges as well as SUP Polo!  Points for these were added to sprint results and the team with the most points won

•1st Place Central SUP

•2nd Place SUP North

•3rd Place Bray Lake Watersports5 words – competitive, inclusive, epic, parties, families

Provisional dates for next year’s NWF is 7th–9th June 2019. So get it in the diary now to make sure you don’t miss it!

 

The words SUP Touring can mean many things when it comes to types and shapes of SUP boards. But for us the Starboard Touring Deluxe 12’6” epitomises what a real touring iSUP should do. The Deluxe Touring board can carry lots of weight and is shaped for easy paddling and good speed. And having Starboard’s Double Chamber technology in it too, makes the board the safest inflatable board the market has ever seen… good job Starboard!

2018 Starboard Touring Deluxe 12’6” / £1175
Board details:
  • Length        12′6”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      321l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12.2 kg
  • Rider size   60-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 31″ = 354L
11′6′ x 30″ = 299L

Find out more about GeoSUP the paddling app here : www.geosup.com

Read on for brand video, details and website www.starboardsup.com

Fast, stable and amazing glide.

  • Perfect shape for cruising and exploring.
  • Features packed with bungee tie down, FCS insert, Scotty Mounts and Star Mount.

14’0″ x 31″ Touring A fast stable outline with the longest  glide. Equipped with two bungee tie-downs and two FCS inserts.

12’6″ x 31″ Touring A highly efficient shape for cruising and exploring with good glide to cover distance.

11’6″ x 30″ Touring The shorter length is easier and more manageable to maneuver.

The inflatable Touring board is the explorer’s favorite transportation.

  • Target rider: up to 120 kg explorers.
  • Key features: Scotty mounts (only on 14’0″),FCS and Star Mount and bungee tie-downs to pack your gear for the next adventure.

 

Bruce Smith

Sport was elite ironman athlete Bruce Smith’s life. But when a debilitating injury robbed him of being able to run, he found himself at rock bottom. Stand up paddleboarding became the 44-year-old’s salvation, paving the way not only for a great sporting comeback, but, he says, saving his life as well. 

Training and competing in ironman contests and 100-mile plus ultra marathons had steered Bruce from a toxic cocktail of excessive drinking and smoking as he battled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Crippled with low self-esteem and anxiety following a vicious attack which had almost cost him his life, Bruce admits he was in a dark place before he began running.

“It was a horrible time,” said Bruce. “I was in the pub every night drinking 15 pints and smoking 60 cigarettes a day. It was a journey of self-destruction. I knew I had to change my lifestyle and for years, running and training was what I did. Basically anything long and painful, that was my escapism and coping mechanism for me to deal with life.”

This crutch was taken away when Bruce sustained a serious cartilage injury to his ankle. 

“I thought I was going to have surgery then have four weeks off for recovery. I woke up from the general anaesthetic to be told I could never run again. The shock just hit me and I found myself spiraling back into my old lifestyle. I was in a pretty bad place. It was massively hard to deal with.” 

But a chance meeting with biomechanics coach and stand up paddle enthusiast Anna Little threw him a lifeline. 

“She basically said, as you can’t run any more, why don’t you start stand up paddling?” said Bruce. 

“Anna took me out on the water and I really enjoyed it. She suggested that while my ankle was getting better SUP would be superb for me to do. I found it amazing and pretty much fell in love with the sport there and then.”

Bruce Ironsmith

Bruce, from County Durham, started paddling with Anna on the River Tyne, helping her train for the races she had entered on her N1SCO board. It wasn’t long before he started to experience the adrenaline buzz of having a purpose to train for again. 

“It gave me motivation and drive. The more we trained the fitter I started to become – and also the happier and more focused I became. 

“I was going out on a Red 10.6 touring board, but it was when I started going out on one of the N1SCO Naish boards that it really took off and I became focused on race training.

“Training on the SUP brought me back. It gave me a purpose again. When I’m on my board all I have to focus on is my performance and training.” 

Bruce, who now runs his own business Ironsmith Sports Therapy, has become an integral part of the newly formed Northern SUP Race Team, helping with training programmes, taster sessions as well as motivating and encouraging members. 

“I want to be able to give what I have found to other people and to give them a shared goal and to benefit from the experience” says Bruce.

April saw Bruce complete his first GB SUP National Series event, Battle of The Thames, passing through the Blue Chip arch in the strongly contested N1SCO Race (10km) male category to take a creditable 8th place. 

Said Bruce: “The whole buzz of this weekend made me feel alive again. I just want to get fitter, faster and have fun at the same time.  Being part of the Northern SUP Race Team is great. Whereas running and triathlon were very solitary sports, I’m really enjoying training within a team and having that support structure. 

Bruce Ironsmith

“It (being a part of the team) has massively benefitted me. It’s the tips you learn, like preparing you for a race, your paddle stroke and technique. Training together with other people and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone forces you to keep going.”

He added: “Crossing through the arch of BOTT was a relief, but it made me think, this is what I love – I love racing, that’s why I train. Races aren’t about the actual race itself. It’s about the training journey and knowing you have done your best.

“I feel stronger, faster and more focused. SUP has made me fall in love with exercise, health and fitness again. It has rebuilt my life and is pushing me on to do more.”

“I want to keep racing and see how far I can go and be the best I can be. I want to do a 100-mile paddle board race as well as compete in the N1SCO races and represent the club and be part of their team.”

Bruce is vocal in his support of Naish’s N1SCO race series. He said: “It’s a fair platform as it puts everyone at the same level playing field. It’s a great, all-round board to race on for everyone, from families and novices through to top end racers.”

Northern SUP Race Team founder Anna Little said: “Bruce’s story is the very reason why I wanted to set up the club. 

“I had a passion for letting people experience the joy that racing on the water gives to me – it’s like oxygen to my soul. You’re outdoors in the fresh air, you’re improving your fitness and, quite simply, it makes you happy. 

“Finding like-minded people who love racing on a board is why I did it. I wanted to put people together who have the same mind set to race with and who can push each other while getting stronger and better. 

“I could not have won the UK SUP series last year without Bruce pushing me. It’s having the support of people who say ‘let’s get out’, no matter what the weather.  Training with other people inspires you to do better. I want other people to experience that – it’s winning in the game of life.” 

Back on his home north east turf after BOTT, Bruce said: “A few years ago I hadn’t even heard of SUP. Seeing people standing around on boards in the sea on holiday made me laugh – it looked pointless. There was no physical challenge. 

“How mistaken could I have been? 

“Little was I to know SUP would save my life.”

“It has pulled me and given me a whole new life changing challenge. It makes me focus everything else that I am doing to make me a better paddler. Pushing myself to see what I can do makes me feel alive. It’s a whole new experience I wouldn’t have found, if it weren’t for SUP.”

Words by Claire Thorburn (member of the Northern SUP Race Team)

Thankyou Bruce for sharing your remarkable story. A tough and truly inspirational journey. The SUPboarder team wishes you all the best in future events and a happy and healthy time on the water. 

Has SUP changed your life? If so how? We’d love to hear your SUP story. Get in contact via email – lucy@supboardermag.com

We take a ‘first look’ at the Rapid white water board from inflatable SUP brand Aqua Marina. This is the first Aqua Marina board we have unpacked and with its stand out graphics, solid feel and cheaper price point, this board has impressed us already. We look forward to getting this board on the river for a full review soon.

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

Length 9′6”
Width 33”
Thickness 6′
Volume 289L
Price €510

Read more on the Aqua Marina website here : www.aquamarina.com

Red Paddle Co is definitely one of the worlds biggest iSUP brands, and many of their paddlers would say the best too. They have been making high quality inflatable SUPs since 2008. And now in their 10th year they have launched their Red Original range of accessories to go alongside their top end SUP board range.

From drinks bottles to dry cool bags they have brought out a great range of quality products to suit every paddler and their needs.

Read more about the Red Original range on their website here : redoriginal.com

Whether you’re a complete beginner to SUP surfing or an experienced surfer it’s important we all play by the rules of surfing. But as well as that, there are some things you can do on and off the water that can make SUP surfing a busy surf break/line up a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for everyone. After many years of being in and on surfing line ups, Reuben from SUPboarder talks about what you can do to make friends in the line up on a SUP.

Read the full surfing rules in this SUPboarder feature : SUP Surfing Etiquette