Duct tape is a valuable asset to the unskilled paddleboard repairman or repair-woman. It can be used to patch holes in a board, repair a board bag or fix a leaking paddle among other things. ‘SUP technique improvement tool’ is probably not the first thing your think of when the sticky repair tool is brought up. However, duck tape can help improve your SUP technique, particularly your reach, just as much as it helps with a quick board repair. I’ll explain how duck tape will help your SUP technique, but first let’s talk about reach. Reach is the distance you are [...]
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There is one simple key to a successful SUP training program and competition schedule, yet it is often used improperly. Rest. Rest is the most underrated SUP training tool at your disposal. A common approach from endurance athletes is to think, “more is better.” For example, if paddling four miles is good for me, seven will be better! Not exactly. We are conditioned to believe that not training is a sign of weakness. “I am lazy if I don’t paddle today”, and , “I will get out of shape”, are typical fears about rest held by some athletes. It is quite [...]
Success in your SUP training involves a commitment to excellence and consistency. Focus on your goals and consistently make decisions to help you achieve them. I created the ‘Workout Wednesday’ posts to give you specific SUP training drills that can be completed each week. Use the SUP training sessions to stay focused, improve your conditioning and prepare for your next big SUP race. Remember that SUP training should revolve around a periodized SUP training schedule so that you are peaking for a particular event and not over training. As you prepare for your race, you should begin to get your SUP [...]
The recent loss of a beloved member of the SUP race community has brought much needed attention to the safety in our sport. The topic of safety has never been more prominent than it is now, and it would be a lost opportunity if we did not immediately take more initiative to improve SUP safety for both recreational paddlers and SUP racers.While basic SUP safety information is widely distributed, almost zero resources are available for SUP race safety.Many SUP events lack sufficient emergency response plans, safety vessel support and leash requirements, among other safety issues. This is not an attack on [...]
How do we grow stand up paddle racing? This seems to be the burning question of every SUP athlete, retailer, race director and manufacturer. After years of steady growth, stand up paddle race participation will inevitably level off, if it has not done so already. Don’t worry, the future of SUP racing is bright! There are numerous opportunities to proactively get more people into stand up paddle racing right now. Use the tips below to build your local SUP racing community and help the sport continue to grow. Help ensure a bright future for these SUP racers. 1. Start A SUP [...]
The information on SUP technique below will help stand up paddlers of all skill levels. Whether you have never entered a SUP race or are a seasoned SUP elite paddler, the stand up paddle stroke is the most critical part of your paddling experience. There is not one universal stand up paddle technique that applies to all stand up paddlers. Each paddler must find the technique that works best for them individually. Use the information below to learn the different elements of SUP technique that will help you paddle faster, longer, stronger and prevent injury. Same race, many different styles of [...]
With the largest purse in SUP racing, the Payette River Games has helped to put SUP river racing on the map. This past week I traveled to Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho to experience SUP river racing, and see how it might become a larger part of the SUP racing landscape. After a week on the river, I dramatically improved my river SUP abilities and discovered a new side of our sport that has me more excited than ever about SUP racing. Grab A Seat The spectator friendliness of racing on the river is one of the most obvious qualities [...]
I arrived in Germany yesterday to compete in the Lost Mills SUP race for the fourth year in a row. One of my favorite things about SUP racing are the opportunities it has given me to travel throughout the United States and around the world. Summer is usually a time that SUP racers pack their boards and hit the road to travel to SUP races. Whether driving an hour to a neighboring city or hopping on an international flight, poor traveling skills can erase the benefits of dedicated SUP training. Prepare yourself for success by traveling smart and following the SUP [...]
The golden buoy, or first buoy turn of a race, is one of the most critical elements of race strategy and course layout in SUP racing. What if I told you that you could be at a significant disadvantage before your SUP race begins because of where this first buoy is placed? So what’s the big deal with buoy placement? If the first buoy turn is too close to the start line then this can create unfair, dangerous and frustrating SUP race starts. Have you ever been at a race where there is a massive pileup at the first buoy as [...]
SUP race pacing is as much about mental toughness as it is about physical ability. Follow these guidelines to help reach your goals and avoid burning out during your SUP training and racing. After the start horn goes off, your competition will likely sprint ahead at full speed. Should you follow at the same pace, or stay behind and focus on your own race? The answer to this question depends on your individual goals and SUP racing experience. It has been well proven that using an even or negative split pacing strategy is the most effective approach to winning races in [...]