We want to thank all 784 stand up paddle athletes who completed the world’s first global SUP athlete survey. This survey was designed to help us better serve the interests of SUP athletes around the world. Next week we will announce the two winners of the NK Speed Coach GPS, SUP Training Stroke Analysis and our 9-week SUP training program. We will be releasing a selection of the exciting results of our survey publicly to help paddlers gain better insights into the SUP racing community. SUPAA members will receive the complete survey results with detailed analysis. Become a member to find [...]
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As we come to the end of our first year we wanted to thank all of the athletes, race officials and industry personnel who supported SUPAA. It would not be possible to pursue our mission without the participation of these individuals.2014 Milestones In 2014, members from our board of directors traveled through Europe, South America, Japan, Australia and the United States to promote our mission. Without a set of unified rules and a clear vision, the sport of SUP racing will never reach it’s full potential. We are well on our way to establishing a clearer definition for what the sport [...]
The SUPAA rulebook is a comprehensive document designed to be a detailed guide for putting on a safe, fun and fair SUP race of the highest standard of excellence. We created this SUPAA ‘Cheat Sheet’ to help race organizers, athletes and industry personnel quickly read the most important rules to be implemented at a SUP race. Read the information and pass along to other athletes and race officials! Race Logistics: Choose a safe venue with plenty of space for the event site. Create a Facebook event page or race website. Announce your event as far in advance as possible. Include [...]
SUP racing rules are suddenly a hot topic for conversation on the beach and online after last weekend’s Battle of the Paddle. The BOP saw a few false starts, missed buoys and other rule infractions that have become common at races around the world. The main controversy of the event surrounded a wave ridden by Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny during the elite race final. Both paddlers were on the same wave and exchanged fouls back-and-forth to the point that they fell off of their boards. Kai and Connor were not given any penalties after the race. We are not implying [...]
Topics of discussion from the 2014 SUPAA Session. 3:00-3:15 What have we done this year? 26 certified race officials on 3 continents with two more courses planned for Australia in Novermber/December. SUPAA members in 15 countries for 2014. Discussion on our consultation with the ISA to help facilitate with equipment, the rules and also running of the World Championship event in general (being part of the discussions when some penalties had to be given). 3:15-3:30 Discussion on our work with the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association (SUPIA), race directors, ISA and athletes. The SUPIA Summit proved to have very positive [...]
The Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association has many programs and initiatives to help grow the sport of stand up paddle boarding. None of our goals are more important than our commitment to promoting safety in SUP racing. We want to promote fun, fair and safe rules to help SUP race directors organize the best event possible. Our rulebook contains comprehensive guidelines to help race organizers put on an amazing and safe SUP event. Use the tips below and read our rulebook for information on safety vessel operation, course layout, safety protocol, race day forecasts, competitor extraction points and many more valuable [...]
Stand up paddle boarding has an identity crisis. The sport is growing steadily every year and it can’t be boxed into one single category. Is stand up paddle boarding meant for surfing, racing, sprinting, whitewater running, freestyling, voyaging, downwinding, sunset cruising, yoga matting, workout platforming, fishing or duck hunting? The answer is all of the above and more! SUP has such a wide range of uses and appeal because it is new and undefined. So often societies work to categorize what something should be based on preconceived ideas. We believe stand up paddle boarding is flourishing because our community tends [...]
Do you know the fastest way to paddle into this inlet? If your answer is no, you don’t know the fastest way, then this could cost you the race. If your answer is yes, then there are still some important elements to take into consideration. We have covered some of the foundations of a SUP race training program with our technique and goal setting posts. Now it’s time to get to one of the most overlooked aspects of SUP racing, race strategy. Free Download: 5 Simple Tips to help you reach your seasonal goals! The day of your big race [...]
One of the best techniques to increase preparedness and motivation in SUP training and racing is goal setting. Getting up early for a training session is not always going to be easy. However, establishing goals at different levels of training and competition will provide progressive steps toward realizing your competitive dreams. In order to be most effective with your goals, there are several components that must be included in a well-organized goal setting program. Long Term Goals These goals include what you ultimately want to achieve in your SUP participation. Examples of long term goals can include competing in the Molokai [...]
Winter in the northern hemisphere is pretty much the unofficial off season for stand up paddle racing. It’s a great time to recover from the previous season and to think about training for the next year of SUP racing. Don’t waste another off season without ensuring you have solidified the fundamentals of your SUP technique. Whether you are an experienced pro or a first-time racer, the fundamentals of paddling are key to your success as a SUP athlete. A solid base will ensure you can paddle longer, faster, stronger and prevent injury. Who wouldn’t want that? There is a reason [...]