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Guest 2nd March 2007 01:34 AM

Stand Up
in the main picture of the website appears surfing a big wave with the new SUP boards. But, once you rode it...what do you do with the paddle (remo) stick? how do you go back to the inside and how do you cross the white water, in longboards surf you need to go against the white water with the board inverted and you underwater holding very hard the board with both hands from the sides...but how can you do that with one hand holding the paddle?

just curious how this guys are doing this?

Ola_H 2nd March 2007 02:37 AM

RE: Stand Up
You should pick up a video of Lair Hamilton. He even surfs Jaw with a SUP. I personally never tried a SUP, but I've been watching Laird surf Hookipa a few times. Getting out is a combination of timing, technique and balance. I would say the general timing issues is closer to windsurfing in semi light wind. Preferably, you start by choosing the right wave in the set and then you drop of it just in time to not get in trouble by the next wave. If you do get to the inside, he idea is to choose a route out (channel) where you can paddle though the white water waves. Since the wave is not hitting your body and since you can carry higher speed, its seem far easier to cross a breaking wave than on a longboard. When you look at the experts, they do this with remarkable effectiveness. I guess, I'll find out it takes a fair amount of training to do this, though, but again, I think some technique and timing from windsurfing will come in handy.

steveC 2nd March 2007 04:26 AM

RE: Stand Up
Ola H's comments about going out through the surf are quite right. I remember back in the early 60's when I started surfing on a longboard, we used to paddle out on our knees and than stand up over the incoming waves. It was a kind of cool thing to do at the time, and longboards made it more viable. Anyway, in first learning this type of maneuver, I got the board thrown back in my face due to being too far back on the board. When it happened, I ultimately got a lot wax pieces in my mouth and thought I busted up my front teeth. Fortunately that wasn't the case, but i still retained a bump on my forehead for many years.

Experience really does make a difference, no matter what you do.

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