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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2015, 12:21:01 AM »
Use your paddle for stabilization - think of it as the third leg of a stool.

When you paddle through a wave: go straight through (not at an angle), build up speed and plant the paddle into the wave and drive through - the paddle will help you stay upright.

On a right-hand break, the person catching the wave (or already on the wave) on your left has right of way - i.e., please get off the wave.  The reverse is true for a left-hand break. If you don't know what I am talking about, please don't go surfing until you do  ;)

If you fall off when surfing, do your utmost to control your board - it can hurt people.
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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2015, 10:39:25 AM »
I believe one of the best things to start with in the beginning is getting comfortable shifting your weight to the back of the board to make sharper turns and keeping your balance .

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2015, 08:56:59 AM »
Robert,  A big thanks from us in the rear bleachers.  There's a 5yr old video on starting in surf I recently sent to a friend. 

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #33 on: June 13, 2015, 03:48:17 PM »
Robert,  A big thanks from us in the rear bleachers.  There's a 5yr old video on starting in surf I recently sent to a friend. 

Jim
I'm glad to hear that, thank you Jim, we will keep them coming.  I'm surprised how popular the older videos are, I guess the youtube video suggestions favor the older videos. 

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2015, 09:52:47 AM »
Ya Robert, me... it's funny, I still get the occasional call usually from someone in the NW; "You got any of them left?" When Malden Mills (fleece people) went Chap. 11 ..Skeiko Rubber started bringing in cut pieces of Lycra and were able to offer a good, 5-panel rash guard for $5.  ..the death bell started to ring loud and clear. 

I have had thoughts...If there was a decent resource for 4-way fleece  Naaah!   Nice of you to remember. Thanks.

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2015, 06:17:31 AM »
I think you can't beat getting out on the water at every opportunity.  Experimenting with new ideas and refining the old ones.

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2016, 04:04:10 PM »
We are putting together an 11 part series of videos with Stand Up Paddle tips for beginners.
I'm teaching one of our customers, Verena Mei, the basics.  Verena is a race car driver originally from Hawaii, she recently moved back to Oahu and took up SUP and has been a quick learner.  Here are the first 6 videos of the series, going over the basics, the next 5 episodes go into more paddle technique tips, I'll post them as we publish them.
Please let us know what you think of the "How to Stand Up Paddleboard with Verena Mei" series:











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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #37 on: June 01, 2016, 08:16:42 PM »
Race car drivers make lousy SUP paddlers.
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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #38 on: June 01, 2016, 08:37:15 PM »
Good series Robert. I'm sorry to say Verena is way more attractive than you. She does a great job in your videos. I really liked the 'how to fall' video.
It's probably something that growing up in the surf I just never really thought about it in depth, or to break it down as you did.
 
On a little more intermediate level.  I try to always fall into the deepest water which is on top of the wave, rather than towards the shore and in the shallow water. I was surfing couple of months ago and the tide was dropping. I rode a wave a little to close to shore. As it was closing out I could see the reef maybe a foot below the surface. I jumped as high as I could over the top of the wave and landed on my stomach with my arms blocking my face. I basically bounced softly, flat on the reef and just scraped my knee. I new I was going to hit bottom. All my weight was evenly distributed softening the impact.

 I see people surfing and diving forward off their boards. It's like a suicide dive. A friend of my did that in high school and I can still picture him walking around school wearing a halo with the screws into his head. Don't dive head first off your board and try not to hit the bottom on your back either. Another guy a grew up with has been in a wheelchair ever since he hit the bottom on his back surfing years ago.  So lay back and roll face down with your arms protecting your head and face. It's not just the bottom you need to worry about, it's also the board. I always try to fall towards the back or over of the wave, that is always the opposite direction your board is going, and that's what you want.

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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2016, 09:05:49 AM »
I always tell people "be one with the surface, fall like a starfish". But in an uncomfortable situation people resort to what they know, which is usually wrong.
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Re: Tips for Beginners
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2019, 12:40:11 PM »
This is an older thread but our "How to Stand Up Paddle" beginner videos continue to be very popular on youtube, so we decided to make some updated versions.  This is the first one where I try to go over the basics in 5 minutes but later realized that I left out how to steer the board.  Comments are welcome, we have a few more "how to SUP" videos in the works.

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