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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!

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!

In this SUPboarder PRO video series ‘Repairing a SUP’ we continue to repair the crack around the handle of a board. In part 1 we looked at preparing and drying the board. Now in part 2 we focus on glassing and sanding the repair to get the board strong and water tight using epoxy and fibreglass.

If you have any questions about repairing a board send us an email to pro@supboardermag.com and we will get back to you.

Repairing a SUP can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Wherever your SUP is damaged the steps to repairing it are the same.
In this SUPboarder PRO video ‘Repairing a SUP #1’ we look at doing a repair to a crack around the handle of a board. And preparing and drying the board for a repair in a few days time.
Look out for the Epoxying and Fiberglass work video Part 2 out next week.

If you have any questions about repairing a board send us an email to pro@supboardermag.com and we will get back to you.

 

There’s a massive range of boards on the market but surf SUPs generally fall into 3 main categories – longboard surf SUP 9′-11′, traditional surf SUP 7′-10′ and the shorter stubby nose surf SUPs 6′-8′. Before buying a surf SUP it’s important to consider the style of riding you’re wanting to achieve, alongside your paddling ability and the local conditions you’re most likely to be surfing in. This will then help you decide which type of surf SUP is best suited for you… longboard, traditional or stubby?

SUP surf fins are one of the smallest and yet most important pieces of equipment when it comes to surfing. And yet they’re probably the one thing that many surfers overlook or know very little about. Different fins can totally change the feel of a board. And knowing how your fins perform in the surf will improve your surfing too.

In this ‘SUP surf fins explained’ video we look at how the different shapes and designs of fins effect any board on a wave, SUP or surf.

Riders :  Ollie Laddiman & Reuben Ellis

Paddleboarding isn’t complicated, just grab a SUP and a paddle and head for the water. But there are a few common paddle mistakes made by beginners which make their paddling unstable and inefficient. Once you’ve master the correct use of the paddle your paddling will be easier and more enjoyable too, allowing you to paddle further with less effort.

In this SUPboarder ‘How to video’ we look at the common paddle mistakes.

If you found this video useful remember to check SUPboarder Pro for more great SUP tuition videos.

Common SUP misconceptions!

As with any rapidly growing and relatively new watersport, there’s a huge amount of information available. But it’s not always correct, and SUP is no different! Here are afew of the common SUP misconceptions you’ll hear about SUP…

“SUPing is hard.” Wrong! With the right tuition and the right kit, most people find they can get to their feet within the first 15mins. And many don’t even get wet! But obviously a bit of balance and flexibility helps to get to your feet and stay upright!

“The bigger the board the more stable it is.” Not necessarily! When it comes to board stability it’s more about board width, not length. Generally, the wider the board the more stable it will be. So a longer, narrower board will most likely not be as stable as a shorter wider board. But that being said board and rail shape, as well as fin set up will also have an impact on a boards stability. So don’t just look at the boards length when considering stability. The best way to find out how stable a board really is, is to try it on the water!

“You need to be able to surf to SUP surf.” Wrong. Surfing on a SUP is the ideal way to get into the surf, and experience riding a wave for the first time. Being on a bigger board allows you to catch the smallest waves, which are ideal for learning on. And because you are already standing up you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to jump to your feet. Many people find they catch longer rides on their first SUP surfing session than they ever have on a surf board. Just find some nice empty waves  to learn on.

“SUP is an old mans watersport.” Wrong. SUP can be great fun for all ages, and as extreme or sedate as you want it to be. Whether you want to have a leisurely cruise down the river, have fun with the whole family, have a good work out, or surf some of the biggest and best waves of your life, you can do it all with a SUP. You decide where and how far you take SUP. Don’t diss it before you’ve tried it.

iSUP testing in the bigger stuff!

“iSUPs aren’t as good as hard SUPs.” Not true. iSUPs are just different than hard boards, and each have their pros and cons. So consider what you want to use your board for, how you’re going to transport it, where you’re going to store it and how much you want to spend before making the decision. What’s right for one person is not necessarily right for another.

“A fin is just a fin.” Wrong. Fins can vary massively… in shape, size, construction, quality and performance. So it’s well worth looking at the fin when not only buying a board but also also when thinking about how you want your board to perform. Do you want your board to go in a straight line easily? Turn sharply on a wave? Be robust and withstand knocks on the rocks? Be quick and easy to take in and out? It’s important to not only think about the type of fin you use but also it’s position on your board.

“You can’t surf big waves on a SUP.” Wrong. You can SUP surf in all size waves, just like you can on a surfboard. But only paddle out into waves you feel confident surfing. Some of the world’s best surfers choose to SUP surf big waves around the world… and it’s pretty impressive to watch!

“Any paddle will do.” Uhmm… yes to get you on the water for a quick 5 min go. But paddles come in all different heights, shapes, weights and constructions. And it’s important you paddle with the correct height paddle and blade size to not only achieve the most efficient paddling but also to ensure you don’t overload your joints, which may cause injury.

Using the right equipment really does make a difference.

So, remember if you’re new to SUP or thinking about giving it a go for the first time, don’t believe everything you hear! Contact your local SUP school, learn the basics and find out the correct info from those in the know! 

If there’s a topic you’d like to know more about, and we haven’t yet covered it on SUPboarder contact us at info@supboardermag.com

 

In this SUPboarder Pro video we go over the difference between production and custom SUP, and what questions you should be asking yourself when trying to decide which one is best for you. Remember the differences are more than just construction and price. RnD and brand creditability should all come into play before you put your hand in your wallet and pass over the money.

Remember guys & girls to email us on pro@supboardermag.com with any questions you may have  about sup gear.