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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”

 

Knowing how to do certain wave manoeuvres is great, but knowing exactly where to do the manoeuvres is even better! Doing the right moves in the right part of the wave is not only going to make your SUP surfing look and feel better but make your wave length go to the maximum time too.

In this video we explain how to choose the right moves for the right waves.

Remember if you want more advice on exactly how to carry out certain manoeuvres check out the previous SUPboarder Pro features below.
The frontside top turn
The backside top turn
The backside cutback

 

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!

In this becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer video we answer a question that got sent to us… Is it better to look at my paddle blade during a manoeuvre like a top turn or is it better to look the opposite way towards the rotation of the turn? This is definitely more of an intermediate/advanced question but something that even the more beginner SUP surfer will benefit from thinking about.

Reuben talks about the pros and cons from his experience, for example looking at the paddle blade to produce paddle power and looking away from the paddle to help with rotations.

Being aware of this will make you become a better SUP surfer for sure.

Watch the other SUPboader Pro – Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer videos here.

In this the third video from our Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer SUPboarder Pro series we look at the paddle change. Probably the simplest manoeuvre to practice but if not done smoothly can completely ruin the flow of the surf manoeuvre its being done on. Whether it’s a complete paddle change or just rotating your body and paddle across your board to help the rotation of the turn, it’s important to get it right. It’s a simple part of SUP surfing that if done correctly will make you a better SUP surfer for sure.

Watch the other SUPboader Pro – Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer videos here.

 

In this new SUPboarder ‘How to video’ series we are looking at ‘Becoming a SUP surfer’ and showing you the best manoeuvres to practice and things to be aware of to help get you catching more waves. Also look out for the SUPboarder PRO series of how to videos called ‘Becoming a better SUP surfer’ which will run alongside these videos giving you even more things to think about on the water that will be sure to improve your SUP surfing.

In this second part we look at getting you understanding basic foot placement on the board when surfing. Knowing the basics of where to stand on the board to produce speed and where to stand to help turn the board is key to becoming a good SUP surfer.

Check out the last ‘Becoming a SUP surfer’ video Becoming a SUP surfer – Practicing SUP surf stance / How to video

Check out other SUPboader Pro feature titles here : SUPboarder Pro titles

In this the second video from our Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer SUPboarder Pro series we look at something that is very overlooked when SUP surfing – knowing what your board is designed for and how to best surf it. There is no point trying to surf a 12′ longboard like a 7′ Pro surf shape. By surfing your board in the way its designed for, you will not only find surfing your board easier but it will look better too!

Watch the other SUPboarder Pro – Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer videos here.

 

In this the first video from our Becoming a ‘Better’ SUP surfer SUPboarder Pro series we look at the most important thing you need to be doing as a surfer – bending your knees. This is key if you want to progress your surfing. The more you bend your knees, the more manoeuvres you will make and the more enjoyable your SUP surfing session will be.

In this new SUPboarder ‘How to video’ series we are looking at ‘Becoming a SUP surfer.’ Showing you the best manoeuvres to practice and things to be aware of to help get you catching more waves. Also look out for the SUPboarder PRO series of how to videos called ‘Becoming a better SUP surfer’ which will run alongside these videos giving you even more things to think about on the water that will improve your SUP surfing.

In this first part we look at getting you paddling in SUP surf stance and why it’s a great manoeuvre to practice on inland waterways and have mastered ready for the next time you’re heading to the beach.

Check out other SUPboader Pro feature titles here : SUPboarder Pro titles

 

Our race doctor Bryce Dyer has an informal chat asking the question which many are asking ”Are narrow race boards nuts?!!” Bryce has been borrowing a 21.5” wide Starboard Sprit race board from top SUP athlete Ryan James to help him answer the question. Race boards have been getting narrower for the past few years as Bryce has told us in his previous videos. But are narrow race boards something for only the high performance racer or are they something that an average racer can and should be looking at too? As a taller paddler at 6’3” and 88kg Bryce is the perfect person to answer this.

Apologies about the wind and background noise. This is a very informal chat with Bryce and as always very interesting stuff.

Feature image Josh Sampiero

A big thank you to all our SUPboarder subscribers for your support over the last few months/years. We are super excited about the new SUPing season ahead. We have loads more top PRO features, reviews and some great head to head kit tests planned.

But we also have new filming gear to use too, thanks to you guys and girls. Your SUPboarder PRO subscriptions have allowed us to buy a new piece of camera gear to help us produce better quality and even more video features. The new Solo Shot Optic 65 self tracking camera will allow us to collect more video footage so we can produce more video content.

So a BIG thanks to you all for the support. It really does mean a lot to the SUPboarder team, and it allows us to continue doing what we do.

Remember… please let us know about any particular features you’d like to see or gear you’d like to see tested. It’s important to the SUPboarder team you receive the content you want to see. We have a few interesting video features coming out soon following the SUPboarder PRO questionnaire. Watch this space!

If you’ve grasped the basic paddling techniques such as those in our other ‘How to SUP’ basic SUP series videos, it’s definitely time to try the step back turn (pivot turn). This turn is the fastest way to turn around and the best turn to impress your paddling buddies or those on the beach… if you stay dry!

Practice makes perfect like any SUP manoeuvre but just remember… the key to successfully moving around the board is timing your paddle strokes with your foot work.

Equipment used

Board : Quroc Crossover 10’4” x 32 – watch full review here.
Paddle : Quroc 3 piece glass paddle