SUP Training

Short on Time? Introducing the 1-Minute SUP Workout

2018-01-30T12:20:35+00:00

Don’t you hate it when you don’t have enough time to complete a quality training session? Good news! You may only need 1 minute of training to get the benefits of a 45 minute session. Sounds to good to be true huh? Researchers at McMaster University have found that 1 minute of very intense exercise produces similar health benefits as much longer, traditional endurance training sessions. We all enjoy spending time on the water to workout or simply relax and clear our mind. Unfortunately, kids, work and life in general can limit our ability to complete quality workouts as we prepare [...]

Short on Time? Introducing the 1-Minute SUP Workout 2018-01-30T12:20:35+00:00

Interval SUP Training Audio Workout

2018-01-30T12:23:36+00:00

In an effort to continue to improve the experience of stand up paddle athletes I have created an interval SUP training audio workout. This was as much about serving you guys as it is about scratching my own itch. I love to get a good workout in on the water and I love listening to audio while I paddle. Let me be clear that listening to audio while paddling can present dangers to a paddler. I paddle with these wireless waterproof bluetooth headphones which allow outside sounds to come in. This way I can hear of any dangers or obstacles that I may [...]

Interval SUP Training Audio Workout 2018-01-30T12:23:36+00:00

How to Stand Up Paddle Downwind: A SUP Downwind Video Tutorial

2018-01-30T19:03:18+00:00

Use this SUP downwind video tutorial to improve your downwind technique. Read the article I wrote for standupjournal.com below about the art and meditation of downwind paddling. If you would like to learn how to downwind paddle in-person then you can join me next summer in Hood River, Oregon at one of the Downwind SUP Camps. Learn more and reserve your spot today! From Stand Up Journal: Paddlers, windsurfers and kiters flock to Hood River from around the world, for among other things, the strong and consistent wind. I don’t think I could ever get bored of the challenge and thrill of [...]

How to Stand Up Paddle Downwind: A SUP Downwind Video Tutorial 2018-01-30T19:03:18+00:00

SUP Racing Fatigue: Perception IS Everything

2018-01-30T19:08:40+00:00

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 activity, that causes athletes to lower their intensity or give up. The implications of these findings are profound for SUP racers and all endurance athletes. According to scientific research, it is not entirely through physical training, but through positive thinking, experience and changing our perceptions, that we [...]

SUP Racing Fatigue: Perception IS Everything 2018-01-30T19:08:40+00:00

What SUP Racers Can Learn From Ultimate Fighting

2018-01-30T19:15:18+00:00

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 things stand up paddle racers can learn from mixed martial artists. So what does pounding someone’s face in have to do with SUP racing? You are only as good as your weakest link. The beauty of MMA is that it includes all styles of fighting. Athletes [...]

What SUP Racers Can Learn From Ultimate Fighting 2018-01-30T19:15:18+00:00

Use Duck Tape To Improve Your SUP Technique

2018-01-30T19:47:06+00:00

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 [...]

Use Duck Tape To Improve Your SUP Technique 2018-01-30T19:47:06+00:00

Understand Stroke Variability To Master SUP Technique

2018-01-30T19:21:25+00:00

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 [...]

Understand Stroke Variability To Master SUP Technique 2018-01-30T19:21:25+00:00

Road Trip! Use These Simple SUP Race Travel

2018-01-30T19:22:38+00:00

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 [...]

Road Trip! Use These Simple SUP Race Travel 2018-01-30T19:22:38+00:00

Important Announcement About The Golden Buoy At Your Next SUP Race

2018-01-30T19:23:21+00:00

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 [...]

Important Announcement About The Golden Buoy At Your Next SUP Race 2018-01-30T19:23:21+00:00

Get Results With These SUP Race Pacing Tips

2018-01-30T19:25:38+00:00

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 [...]

Get Results With These SUP Race Pacing Tips 2018-01-30T19:25:38+00:00