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Discussions from Sup How-to & Technique

  • Rob Casey
    Flip Rescue Tips
    Evelyn O'Doherty

    Always great, practical advice in your articles, Rob. Thank you!

  • martin
    Elbow tendonitis
    Started by martin 14 Replies
    Ryan

    Hey Martin, One thing that may help with the stress on your elbow is keeping your bottom hand low. One thing I tell my students to do is to put your paddle over your head and make 90 degree angles with both arms like a goal post. It may feel like your hands are a little far apart at first, but you'll notice it puts a lot less stress on your joints. Remember technique and finesse can really make up for brute strength. Have you watched any of Jim Terrell/QuickbladePaddle's YouTube videos? Great info! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3uxyS-art8

  • Jonette Albers
    Race Start Techniques
    Kristen

    Good to know, I have my first race later this month. I've never even witnessed a race in person - I'm looking for lots of tips too!! :)

  • Alex Mauer
    A change in wind
    Evelyn O'Doherty

    Great discussion, and very helpful. I've practiced this technique a little bit and seen it work well in races. In high wind conditions - paddling into the wind - it can be very helpful, but as its been said, taking turns it really how it pays off for everyone.

  • Rob Casey
    ASI Instructor Certification in the Pacific Northwest
    Erin Blunt Robbins

    Got it! Off topic... How did all the book sales go last year?

  • Rob Casey
    How to avoid getting stuck in a tide flat...
    Evelyn O'Doherty

    Thanks Rob! I always find your blogs so interesting & informative! I've never gotten stuck in a mud flat but can relate to slogging through some knee deep nasty stuff. Easier to tread water... Good food for thought. Mahalo!

  • Susan Simmons
    Dog on board
    Jamie Weisbrod

    Hi Susan, I have a 75 lb labrador retriever and she loves to sup with me. She is 7 and even rides with me on my race board. I started her on a surfboard in the pool. I would do the following: - start him getting on or off the board in the house (or wherever works for you). Take off the fin or wrap it in towels/pillows. Give him some command to get on the board and off, use treats if necessary to get his interest. Make it super fun. - Use your new commands to get him on and off the board in a pool or at the beach. You may need to play fetch and have him swim to settle him down before trying this. I would wade into the water and control the board without being on it. - Next step is to sit on the board near shore and have him jump on and off on command. - I would then progress to paddling on your knees and give commands to tell him where on the board you want him to be. (need to get the board balanced). I added a deckpad on the front of my dog so she wouldn't slide around. - Then progress to standing and paddling. To get my dog back on the board I sit (like I am surfing with my legs dangling in the water). I call my dog to the board and she naturally puts her front paws on it (you may have to work on this) and I pull her onto the board by the handle on her lifejacket. You can find a high quality lifejacket at fusionpets.com. You can also find less expensive models at Petsmart but they don't last long. You can see the lifejacket and my labrador on the board in a video at our local lagoon: http://www.cbs8.com/story/15726186/kayak-fundraiser-to-keep-local-lagoon-afloat?clienttype=printable&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6363290 The other issue is whether your dog likes to jump into the water. If so, there is no way you will stay on the board if you are standing. If you notice he is about to jump go to your knees or a seated position. You may want to teach him to "stay" until you release him from the board. I am lucky my dog doesn't like to jump off, she likes to lay down and slide in.

  • Susan Simmons
    Walking around the board
    Rob Casey

    Not stupid, many feel glued to the board not wanting to take an accidental dip. Begin by keeping your paddle in the water. Take tiny heel to toe steps forward then back. if forward - paddle forward, if back, paddle backwards - the paddle provides stability, making you a tripod of sorts. Start with small steps. Stay loose and breathe! With practice, you'll be able to be more comfortable moving about. In time, begin to walk towards the nose and the tail (paddling while doing so). To do that 180 degree turn, first put one foot behind other in a staggered position or 'surfer's stance', but both feet facing towards the nose. Just one foot back from the center will be enough to raise the nose a bit. Take sweep strokes (big sweeping arc forward or back) to turn the board. Try to do a 360. If comfortable, move both feet back a bit, then once again place one (your most comfortable foot) behind the other facing forward. Take another sweep stroke. Keep moving back til the nose rises out of the water. When the board begins to tilt a bit, get low! Squat - staying low and keep the blade in the water 100% using sweep strokes to turn and also stabilize you. If you remove the blade you'll swim. Work it back in fourth in the water slide it forward and reverse (practice slicing the blade through the water both directions without removing it out). Practice, practice. Be willing to fall in, once you do so you can relax about getting wet again! the pivot turn is great balance practice and you'll get more waves surfing. once you have it more or less solid on flat water practice it in rough water, in waves, moving current, etc. doing so will benefit the rest of your paddling especially in rough water. try walking to the nose raising the tail out, then do a 360. cheers.

  • Phillipe Loher
    Lower back pain when paddling hard, suggestions?
    Erin Blunt Robbins

    Great advice! Thanks for the added insights Andre!

  • Alex Mauer
    Recovery
    Rob Casey

    either way, feather it (turning the blade's poweface face flat to the water) to cut your wind resistence, even if there's no wind. in rough water you can slice the blade through the water parallel to the board back to the catch, thus by keeping it in the water, you'll be more stable. a technique coming from whitewater kayaking.

  • Susan Simmons
    PFD's
    Rob Casey

    it's bogus. it's the same nationally. you can of course use an inflatable or just don't use one at all and hope your local harbor police or cg don't mind. as a kayaker, i've worn one for years and don't even think about having it on! cheers.

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