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 - Sukhasana -Easy Pose - Beginner
SUP Technique - Sukhasana -Easy Pose - Beginner
Sukhasana -Easy Pose - Beginner

A great pose that stretches the knees, ankles and opens the hips. It also focuses on lengthening the back muscles and spine.  Usually, this pose is done at the beginning of a SUP Yoga practice, Sukhasana helps to still the body and mind in preparation for other more challenging poses. It instils a sense of tranquillity and a feeling of…

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 - Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation -Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog
SUP Technique - Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation -Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana Variation -Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog

A little more challenging than the regular downward facing dog, this pose requires core strength, flexibility and courage! Start in downward facing dog with your navel positioned over the centre of the board (over the handle). Spread the hands on the board to cover as much board surface area to ensure a strong foundation. Slowly lift one leg, keep the…

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 - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 1
SUP Technique - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 1
Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 1

An to Long Boards, Shortboards and Wave Riding SUP’s Venturing into the surf from flat-water paddling for the very first time, albeit exciting - can be both daunting and dangerous, for yourself as well as other water users. Especially if you have no idea what you are doing with no preliminary background understanding of waves, currents, tides and differing breaks.…