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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

 

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.

Our race doctor Bryce Dyer is looking at answering the question… Are expensive SUP paddles worth it? With so many paddles out there to choose from, at all kinds of price points where do you start and is a $300-400 paddle different to a $100-200 paddle? This doesn’t just apply to race paddles but all paddles. Believe it or not even a newer paddler would benefit from paddling a nice paddle. Once you have used a good paddle you will never go back!

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

 

The great thing about stand up paddleboarding is that it’s simple. You really don’t need much equipment to get you out on the water having fun, but there are a few bits of kit that are essential as well as other bits that are optional extras.  We’re going to quickly talk you through the main bits of kit you’re going to need to get you on the water paddleboarding safely, comfortably and as easily as possible.

Equipment used

Boards :

  • Aqua Marina Super Trip 12’2” x 34” – Best for,  larger paddlers/family’s. Watch full review here.
  • Aqua Marina Beast 10’6” x 32” – Best for, mid weight paddlers. Watch full review here.
  • Aqua Marina Magma 10’10” x 30” – Best for, lighter weight paddlers. Watch full review here.

Paddle :

  • Kialoa Insanity Fiberglass 2 pcs paddle. Watch full review here.

“What can I expect from a hard or ‘real’ raceboard?” is a question many paddlers are asking. Maybe you have an iSUP race shape already and are thinking of switching to a hard board. Or maybe you are trying to decide between the two as your first race board.

Both iSUPs and hard composite race boards have their place in the SUP world. (although an iSUP will always win the transport issue!) But understanding the differences between these 2 types of boards and how they both feel and perform on the water is the important bit.  And that’s what we’re going to answer in this video.

Remember guys and girls… if you have any other questions about this subject or other SUP related questions please email us a question to pro@supboardermag.com

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

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