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General
Created
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
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Andre Niemeyer
Here is where all the discussion of everything general about stand up paddling takes place. Want to talk sup but don't know where to start, then here is the place to get your sup talk going.
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Tuesday, 01 March 2011
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Andre Niemeyer
  • Stuart Murray
    Is it possible that men are actually holding women back ???
    Stuart Murray

    Nice Alex and a good reminder for all that we make this what it is and what it can be.

    Last replied by Stuart Murray on Wednesday, 02 October 2013
  • Donna Riley
    Boardworks SHUBU vs NRS Big Earl
    Alex Mauer

    Both boards will float you just fine! That being said everything these days is going to 6 inch thick. Go with the Earl 6 or check out the Hala Nass from Halagear.com! The Hala is a great board for lakes, rivers an ever surfs ocean bumps well! I have used tht board in all conditions it's 12'6x31x6 that would be the perfect board!

    Last replied by Alex Mauer on Thursday, 13 June 2013
  • Pahoku Brian
    Numb Feet
    Bruce Wood

    I have had this issue and now I use the VentureGlide whenever I need to rest my numb feet, Check out www.Ventureglide.com I now can paddle long distance without the problem.

    Last replied by Bruce Wood on Friday, 24 May 2013
  • Evelyn O'Doherty
    Hand calluses
    Evelyn O'Doherty

    Hi Janet, I have a hand grip on the paddle to keep it from slipping. I think I'll have to try going back to gloves (which I used to wear but got out of the habit). Cream doesn't even BEGIN to penetrate these babies which are raised and hard. Maybe a parafin treatment for the hands?? Seems extreme. I'll let you know if I discover the miracle cure!

    Last replied by Evelyn O'Doherty on Saturday, 08 September 2012
  • scott sawyer
    Grand Canyon
    Alex Mauer

    Scott, contact the rafting company and see if they will let you go along on a SUP!

    Last replied by Alex Mauer on Tuesday, 19 February 2013
  • scott sawyer
    San Diego
    Tony

    Whenever I can; but not as much as I would like. They're "good people" and very welcoming.

    Last replied by Tony on Thursday, 24 January 2013
  • Kasey Benchimol
    SUP Therapy
    Bob Babcock

    SUP is an extraordinary platform for therapy of many kinds. I started SUP as balance therapy in 2007. I was diagnosed with a Vestibular Schwannoma in 2003, had radiation to kill the tumor in 2004. After that I experienced a lot of problems. Dizziness, loss of balance was the worst, occasional falls and often unable to drive. It was a downward spiral for a few years, putting on weight, lack of exercise...not fun. Then in 2007 my brother gave me a board as a gift to use for potential therapy. I thought he was nuts since typical vestibular therapy hadn't done much for me. It took a long while before I could stand without falling for more than a few minutes and I was on a pretty stable board...Starboard 12-6 cruiser. I finally started seeing real improvement in about 3 months, at 6 months I was surfing. The change was drammatic enough to allow me to co-found the Cape Cod Bay Challenge. In August of 2008 8 of us ( including my brother Bill and best friend Mike and co-founder) made the first crossing of the bay...28 miles. In the process of training for the event I lost 50 lbs, added muscle, and truthfully started a new chapter in my life. The 5th Anniversary Cape Cod bay Challenge was this year...(there was 80 of us this year)....to date we have raised close to $400,000 for Christopher's Haven in Boston. An amazing charity that provides housing and support to kids and their parents that come to Mass General Hospital for cancer treatment...primarily because of the proton beam radiation available here...same treatment I had in 2004. I have a particular theory in regards to why SUP is so effective as vestibular therapy. The broad flat horizon coupled with pushing yourself to balance on a board really focuses on transitioning the vestibular systems to be more reliant on vision and the feedback for propreoception is second to none. Taken together it works wonders. It brought back normal. I know the visual component is critical...on very foggy days I still struggle when the sky and ocean are one flat gray color. 6 years ago i was overweight, balance challenged and in a downward spiral. Today I'm in better shape than I have been in years, have made many great new friends, helped in a small way to change the lives of some kids with cancer and their folks, had some truly amazing experiences, and gotten to really know and my older brother who moved away when I was 7 (47 years ago). Strange to think that a brain tumor could be a good thing in your life but it was in mine because it caused my intro to SUP. I also brought my boards to a Waves for the Brave event and they are the perfect answer to getting disabled vets onto waves. The stability and size makes it much easier for the vets to enjoy the water. Seeing a young vet that lost his arm from the shoulder down catch a wave and ride it to the beach with a grin that went on forever provides therapy not just for him but for anyone within view. You wear your own smile for days.

    Last replied by Bob Babcock on Friday, 05 October 2012
  • Libby Eaton
    New to Paddleboarding
    Ryan

    Libby, Try your local surf/SUP shop. They may be able to work with you on a trade in for a new board if you don't want to deal with craigslist or forums. Plus they'll be able to tell you about demo days, and places to offer rentals, so that you can try a few different shapes and sizes before you make a decision. The brand is really more of a personal preference. The real thing you need to look for is board volume. The wider and deeper the board the more side to side stability it'll have. 10'6" should be a pretty good length, and I'd recommend a width of 30"+ for what you're looking to do. Also that flat bottom surf board style board will help keep you nice and stable for yoga. Plus they'll turn in tighter areas easier. Remember though the more time you spend on any board the more comfortable you'll get and the more stable you'll be. I use a similar board to your Ohana and can hold most yoga poses pretty well on it (my flexibility limits me more than the board). I'm also on the water at least 5 days a week though. The nice thing about a "race" board is that it glides really well. So if you want to do some long distance paddling it'll be a lot easier on you.

    Last replied by Ryan on Thursday, 23 August 2012
  • Susan Simmons
    Doggie on board
    Ryan

    Hey Susan, not sure where you're taking off from, but if you can try beaching your board. That's how I usually start when I take my Black Lab out. This way he can just walk onto the board and I'll have him sit. Then I'll push off and hop on. You may also want to try paddling on your knees until you both are comfortable on the board together. It took a time or two until we were both able to stand up together, but once you guys are both comfortable you'll have a great time together.

    Last replied by Ryan on Thursday, 23 August 2012
  • Kasey Benchimol
    Locking up my SUP
    Kasey Benchimol

    Yeah I saw the post and actually shared it to my company's facebook page as well! It's been soo helpful and now we have docks locks in our shop!!

    Last replied by Kasey Benchimol on Tuesday, 24 July 2012
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