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5th March 2007 06:59 PM
RE: SUP on an old longboard, my experience..

I've used "poling" for self rescue a few times when I had a breakdown. Its a good thing to remember when something goes wrong. Much more pleasant that laying on your belly and paddling in with your hands. (Takes a big board, however.)
5th March 2007 02:18 PM
RE: SUP on an old longboard, my experience..

Hi Del and Steve.
I did actually sit down on the board and used both ends of my "mast" for poling it the kayak way. Speed came up noticeably (emphasized by the experience of being far closer to the water than standing up).
I think that for a flat water nature experience a double ended paddle will be far better (you don't have to switch side). You may actually find a good rhythm for really speeding the board. But for wave riding I guess it will be too clumsy...

Another fun factor was that people on the beach (it's cold in Denmark with snow patches on the coast) might have thought that they saw the incarnation of Christ walking on the water out there. Due to the low volume of the board it's hardly visible
5th March 2007 08:30 AM
RE: SUP on an old longboard, my experience..

Hi Del,

The idea of poling for propulsion is quite interesting. If the wind was to back off in a location with relatively shallow depths, the opportunities could be great. If one was to think about fishing strategies, I'm sure that one could experience options that many couldn't easily replicate. Without an engine, your stealth and cunning would possibly yield some really impressive results.

The SUP thing is quite a multi-faceted format. One can easily customize proplusion to suit different interests. While my focus is a bit different in nature, I can appreciate other creative options. It does open an unexpected door in so many directions.

5th March 2007 04:51 AM
Del Carpenter
RE: SUP on an old longboard, my experience..

"Poling" with a one-piece mast also works. Several years ago at a windsurfiing event on a day with almost no wind I joined in the fun others were having poling longboards using one-piece masts.

Using a one-piece mast for poling a board can put as much or more poling surface area in the water as a paddle would because the mast is so much longer. Poling with the mast tip on one side and the mast base end on the other side makes the rythmn smoother. To equalize the steering effect you can either put the tip end in deeper than the mast base end or just do more steering with the mast base end.

As a kid in geography class decades ago when I read about people who poled dug-out canoes through swamps while standing up I thought they used the poles to push off the bottom. At that time I didn't think of the mud at the bottom that would make that unworkable so I didn't understand poling at all until I tried it just a few years ago at that windsurfing event.

5th March 2007 12:36 AM
SUP on an old longboard, my experience..

A few weeks ago a sailor asked if it was possible to do SUP on an old longboard.
Today I tried on my old Mistral SLE 311 race board.
It's 311 x 68 cm and 183 litres which makes it quite small compared to a true SUP board. I'm + 100 kgs dressed.
I attached the head from a paddle to the top of my 430 mast and went SUPping in 2 knots of wind..
It worked... Quite well actually.. I could sit down, on my knees or stand up fully and paddle the board quite well..
My first thought was why the "real" paddles aren't double headed like the ones you use on a kayak. It would make the paddling a lot faster...
Actually I'm a little hooked on this. I went out in almost zero wind and had a good session of fun and exercise. The weather was cold (8 C) but it was clear blue sky, sunshine and very clear water.
Due to the exercise of it my drysuit was way too warm.
Does anybody of you know some fun tricks to do when paddling in low winds?
I would really like to try in low wind and swell/waves. I think it's really challengeing.
Look forward to ┬┤try a "real" SUP board

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