SUP race pacing

TEAM SUP RACING: A NEW KIND OF SUP RACE

  It’s the halfway point of a 10-mile flat water SUP race and you feel your muscles burn with each stroke. The draft train is 18 paddlers deep and the pace is settling down for the second half of the race. You know you could go faster than the current pace, but restrain yourself because […]

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MAKE SUP RACING GREAT AGAIN!

  The early years of SUP racing saw participation double in many events year over year. Of course, no sport will see this kind of growth indefinitely. SUP racing is reaching a saturation point, retention rates are declining and growth is slowing. We have to ask ourselves, “How do we continue to grow and improve SUP racing?” I don’t have […]

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SUP RACING FATIGUE

SUP RACING FATIGUE: PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING

  What if exhaustion in a SUP race was not our physical inability to continue or push, but simply us giving up? SUP racing improvement may have little to do with physical abilities and everything to do with our perception of effort. There is strong evidence suggesting it is perception of effort, and not muscle […]

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WHAT SUP RACERS CAN LEARN FROM ULTIMATE FIGHTING

Last weekend I watched the UFC 196 mixed martial arts (MMA) Championship and couldn’t stop thinking about the similarities between SUP racing and MMA. A choke-hold will not help in your next SUP race, nor am I proposing a literal ‘Battle of the Paddle’ (although it would be very entertaining!). However, there are a few important […]

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