SUP Advanced Technique

SUP Technique - An introduction to River SUP
SUP Technique - An introduction to River SUP
An introduction to River SUP

Having covered the “mainstream” (no pun’s intended) flat water, surf and downwind paddling disciplines we feel it is certainly appropriate to ramp up the ante somewhat and introduce SUP river paddling. Consider it the “downhill” mountain biking version of stand up paddling as opposed to cross-country riding - with all the relative obstacles, challenges and body protection being duly warranted.…

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SUP Technique - Phalakasana - Plank Pose - Beginner
SUP Technique - Phalakasana - Plank Pose - Beginner
Phalakasana - Plank Pose - Beginner

This is a good pose for beginners as it is low to gravity and a relatively stable SUP Yoga pose. It’s perfect for building shoulder, arm and core strength. For those still building up strength, try a modified version by dropping your knees on the board for more support. In either version, it’s important to have a long spine, to…

SUP Technique - Bakasana - Crow Pose - Advanced
SUP Technique - Bakasana - Crow Pose - Advanced
Bakasana - Crow Pose - Advanced

Not for the faint hearted! Make sure you only try this pose if you are competent with it on land because, on water, it’s definitely more challenging! The positioning of the hands is key to having a strong, stable foundation. Hands are placed parallel evenly on each side of the handle on the centre of the board. The best tips…

SUP Technique - Introduction to Board Selection
SUP Technique - Introduction to Board Selection
Introduction to Board Selection

Given the ever, “exponentially expanding” variety of products available on the current market (the list seems to be growing, almost on a fortnightly basis) you'd be forgiven for being confused when it comes to choosing your first board. Disciplines range from yoga, long board vs. short board surfing, touring, flat water, open water race, downwinder, river, foil and group SUP…

SUP Technique - Matsyasana - Fish Pose - Intermediate
SUP Technique - Matsyasana - Fish Pose - Intermediate
Matsyasana - Fish Pose - Intermediate

This pose opens the back, shoulders and chest. Make sure you position the lower back over the handle so you are central on the board. The modified version of this pose is with the knees bent and feet firmly on the board hip distance apart. The arms are bent at 90 degrees with the forearm is flat on the board…

SUP Technique - Utkatasana - Chair Pose - Intermediate
SUP Technique - Utkatasana - Chair Pose - Intermediate
Utkatasana - Chair Pose - Intermediate

Great pose to strengthen the entire body and increase stamina. Feet should be placed hip distance apart either side of the handle on the centre of the board. Feet and knees are parallel and so are the arms. Make sure you don’t overarch the back by tucking the tailbone under and draw the ribs under. The best tip for increasing…

SUP Technique - Dandasana - Stick Pose - Beginner
SUP Technique - Dandasana - Stick Pose - Beginner
Dandasana - Stick Pose - Beginner

This seated pose has low gravity therefore is stable on a Stand Up Paddelboard making it accessible to all levels. To achieve this pose, ensure you are seated directly over the handle in the middle of the board. Extend the legs out straight pushing through your heals engaging the quad muscles. Sit up straight with a long spine, extending the…