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In this video #2 we look at weather forecasts, tides, and how to find the best locations to get you on the water for your first successful downwinder. This video is done in a vblog style and we aim to provide you with all the information and inspiration needed to give downwinding a try.

Downwinding is great fun, and to give it a go for the first time you really don’t need to have the latest specialist kit or be a super athlete. We really hope that this video series will give you the confidence to get out on the water in the wind with the kit you’ve got in the garage, and give downwinding a go!

About the series & other information
This new SUPboarder video series is all about feeling the wind on your back and how to get into one of the most exhilarating sides to our sport… Downwinding. It’s one of the simplest SUP disciplines and it can be done almost anywhere, from narrow rivers to open seas. This series of 3 videos is going to give you all the downwind information you need to get you on the water safely.

Watch part 1 here : Get into Downwinding series # 1 The basics & getting started

If you want to find out more about the route paddled in this video check out the paddle on GeoSUP for the full detail, and also look at the web link here, to finds out the highlight information : www.geosup.com

Boards used
Lucy on SIC Bullet 14’x27”
Reuben on SIC RS 14’x26”

 

This new SUPboarder video series is all about feeling the wind on your back and how to get into one of the most exhilarating sides to our sport… Downwinding. It’s one of the simplest SUP disciplines and it can be done almost anywhere, from narrow rivers to open seas. This series of 3 videos is going to give you all the downwind information you need to get you on the water safely.

Starting off with this video #1 we talk about what exactly downwinding is and we take a look at the basic gear needed to get you on the water safely for the first time. Look out for video #2 where we will be doing a small estuary/river downwinder and giving you all the information you need for a successful first downwinder. And in #3 we will be talking about going on more adventurous paddles in more open water/sea states.

Downwinding is great fun, and to give it a go for the first time you really don’t need to have the latest specialist kit or be a super athlete. We really hope that this video series will give you the confidence to get out on the water in the wind and give downwinding a go!

For the northern hemisphere winter is the time for wind and swell, and the two together can mean one thing… great SUP downwinding. We’ve got hold of arguably one of the best downwinding boards in the business – the SIC Bullet 14′. As well as doing a full SUPboarder review we’re going to be doing a series of videos using the SIC including a ‘getting into downwinding series’ teaching the downwinding basics and more. Starting on lakes and estuaries on windy days then moving out into open ocean swell to catch some endless glides.

The SIC Bullet may be the ideal board for downwinding but that doesn’t mean you need to have it to go downwinding. We will be talking about taking your 10’5” downwinding too.

Downwinding is a fantastic side to our sport and it’s so simple. It involves travelling in one direction only, downwind with the waves and wind on your back. It doesn’t have to be about crossing oceans. It really can be for everyone. We look forward to showing you what downwinding is all about.

Length 14′
Width 27.25”
Volume 269L

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.

We thought this was coming but didn’t think it would happen this quickly or go this far. After Kia Lenny’s first SUP foiling video was released 4 months ago, foiling has allowed the world of SUP downwinding to go from 14’+ boards to smaller 10′ boards. And now Kai is showing us something very different… downwinding on even smaller boards with foils. It’s so different it’s a whole new sport! And looks pretty fun too!

In the future there may be SUP downwinding and surf downwinding. Surfers are always on the look out for the endless empty wave and as Kai says, this could be it…

“Harnessing the power of the open ocean swells, the hydrofoil allows you to levitate above the surface of the water and ride the worlds longest waves. Surf spots are getting more and more crowded so why not have the option to escape it all. In this video I am riding a 5’6″ shortboard on the North Shore of Maui using only using my arms and swell energy to soar for miles upon miles.”  Words Kai Lenny

SUP foiling on the Hood River is still a new thing, but by this time next year it definitely won’t be! Alex Aguera and the SUP brothers Finn and Jeffrey Spencer have been all over the SUP foiling scene since the beginning. Check out these cool shots from Micheal Petrikov of the guys downwinding the Hood River with foils.

And it looks like Alex is riding his Starboard Hyper Nut with footsteps!! Good to see that they are all taking it seriously and riding with inflatable belt lifejackets too. Find out more about these great bits of safety kit here.

The Hood River is an amazing place for all things powered by wind, including the SIC Maui team. And on a recent tour of the States, they headed to the windy Hood River gorge for a bit of downwind SUP action.  This video just shows you how far you really can go on just a few paddle strokes and some good board trimming.

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Great on-board footage of downwinding in 40 Knts with French Fanatic rider Didier Leneil.  The downwinder from La Ciotat to Six Fours (just south of Marseille) saw these guys absolutely flying along in a solid 2-2.50m swell. They also demonstrate why wearing a leash is a must when downwinding.

Marie Buchanan ultimate week of Downwinding Down Under

Fueled by wind and swell, there is no other SUP discipline quite like down winding. With the wind on your back this exhilarating and technical side to the sport gives you a fantastic sense of freedom and the ultimate feeling of being at one with the ocean. There’s nothing quite like it. And until you’ve experienced it, you won’t truly understand it.

Starboard international team riders Marie Buchanan and Paul Simmons are well known on the UK SUP race and surf scene. However downwinding is another one of their passions, with hundreds of miles of experience on their boards, gliding wave to wave. Although you can downwind anywhere given the right conditions, one place to get a truly guaranteed downwind fix is Australia. So this winter Marie and Paul headed Down Under for the ultimate week of downwinding. Here Marie tells SUPboarder all about her trip and stoke for SUP downwinding…

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Photo : Foliobox

Most standup paddlers who’ve paddled an efficient board downwind in a decent breeze will have quickly become engrossed in this technical and thrilling area of the sport. With nearly 8000 miles of UK coastline, we have an abundance of superb locations plus a growing number of downwind SUP enthusiasts. To organize or plan a successful downwind run or race it’s essential for the wind to be blowing consistently from a specific direction and within a suitable range: approx. 18-30 knots.

While the extremely variable nature of the UK’s weather may make it our most common topic of conversation, it unfortunately limits the potential for organizing consistent downwind SUP racing here in the UK. With such changeable weather systems and a lack of regular “trade” winds or thermals, it’s no surprise that we don’t yet have a specific SUP downwind race series here in the UK.

Paul & I both love downwind paddling and spend a fair bit of time scanning the forecasts for ideal wind and direction, to grab every opportunity we can. So, when Starboard announced they were sponsoring a couple of big downwind races in Western Australia in November and December 2014, our ears pricked up in an instant. Our decision was confirmed after chatting to some of the Australian pros like Angie Jackson and Beau O’Brian at the BOP last year who were extremely encouraging. Flights, visas, boards sorted within a couple of days. We were keen!

On Landing in Perth, we were welcomed by 36C temperatures, sparking concerns about how our unacclimatised bodies would cope with racing in such heat arriving fresh from the UK winter. Our initial concerns soon eased, following a couple of humid, thundery days, when temperatures settled down in the pleasantly warm mid to high 20’s with unbroken sunshine.

One of the attractions for overseas competitors like ourselves, was the opportunity to take part in four or more downwind races and several practice downwind runs in just over a week, all within easy reach of Perth & Fremantle.

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This was my first, long awaited trip to Australia and my first real experience of downwind racing. A true celebration of down-winding down-under… Photo : Foliobox

The Riviera crew might have just found the ultimate downwinding training tool. All you need is a massive boat which produces a massive wake, a sh#t load of fuel and a load of mates to ride the bumps… job done! It sure looks like fun, apart from the diesel fumes! Nothing beats a true downwinder.

But if any of you guys have a nice boat that would do the job please get in contact!