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SUP surf techniques

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 is a very simple little video by surfer Rick Weeks, edited by SUPthecreek. Rick is SUP surfing a big board, a very big board! At 14′ long this board will be catching anything and super early too. But when it comes to turns if you’re not in the right place, it’s just not going to happen.
Just check out the clip at 26secs. Is this happening to you on a wave??

If it is then as Rick says “simple foot placement is all that is needed”.

By moving your feet back on the board and allowing your body weight to be further back will turn even the biggest of boards. It doesn’t have to be far, even one step further back might be enough to make your big board turn more, just like that performance shape you have been dreaming of.

Thanks to Rick Weeks for uploading this video which shows what can be done with just a little more foot placement towards the tail.

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

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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.

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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

 

When you watch a good surfer like Fisher Grant it can look effortless. The US SUP longboard champion has a great style and perfect, fast flowing cutbacks.

SUPboarder’s fast flowing cutback tip: By starting your cutback high on the wave, it gives you plenty of time and space to bring the board back around into the white water, and finishing off the manoeuvre in the middle part of the wave allowing you to then turn and produce speed down the wave again.

Most of the time paddling out back standing up is the quickest and best option, as it allows you to see the approaching swell and with a good technique it allows you to move at speed. But sometimes it’s not the best option!

Those times when you’re in the water having fallen in at the end of a wave ride, or have been knocked off whist trying to paddle out back, and you see another wave quickly approaching. There’s nothing worse than climbing back on your board, getting to your feet and then being knocked straight back in by the next wave before you’ve even had a chance to get paddling again. 

In these situations, prone paddling may well be the best option to allow you to get moving quickly and away from the impact zone.