SUP in the wave, the first steps

Riding with a SUP board on the wave is called the crown. With the very long and stable board, you are able to have quick success and it’s possible to ride waves. It can be a bit of a chore to paddle on your stomach and getting up on the board to SUP can be a little wobbly.

In order to see the waves, the board should face head on, with a high ground speed, directed against the white water. Your feet are still parallel. Before the white water reaches the bow, bend your knees and hold the paddle back. The bow will lift and the water will pass under the SUP board. At the wave crest, disposition your weight forward to shift the stability. The paddle can be used to support your-self. After the wave, paddle vigorously so you are not pulled back again from the suction of the wave. [singlepic id=933w=300 h=200 float=left]

If a suitable wave finally arrives, take a turn and approach the wave far behind the surf zone. Paddle with parallel feet, a lot of momentum and power. Once the force of the wave is sensed, bring your feet into surfing position. With either the left or right foot, bring it forward then hold the paddle back.

If the momentum is too low, your weight will be shifted forward making it harder to paddle. If the wave is too steep, your weight will be shifted to the rear.

On the wave, the board will be controlled by your feet. The direction is determined by shifting your weight on your toe or heel. For support, use the paddle.

You should always start practicing on small waves. Before you know it, it will become easy for you.

To learn the right techniques and learn how to properly SUP you can take a course. In a course you will learn how to properly time yourself with the waves. [singlepic id=939w=300 h=200 float=right]

You can have your first experiences at our Kite Lodge in Kenya. There we have all of the new SUP equipment. Here you will also have small waves to ride and at Cape Verde you can practice on big waves.

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