SUP Beginner Technique

SUP Technique - Balance Control and Efficiency
SUP Technique - Balance Control and Efficiency
Balance Control and Efficiency

Perfecting Stance and board position. Comfort and feeling at ease on your board is the basis for stability, control and efficient paddling. If you do not feel comfortable on your board, you'll find your body is always making minor adjustments and shifts in body position. This constant movement will not only be disrupting; you won't be able to paddle effectively…

Beginner
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.…

Beginner
SUP Technique - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 2
SUP Technique - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 2
Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our to Wave Riding! In part one Bryn James talked you through the fundamentals to learn before you hit the water. There is a lot of safety, awareness of other water users and many other factors to consider before you first get wet. If you've not read Part 1 yet CLICK HERE to get the…

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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…

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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 - 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 - 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 - Sirsasana - Headstand - Advanced
SUP Technique - Sirsasana - Headstand - Advanced
Sirsasana - Headstand - Advanced

For those who love a challenge and don’t mind getting wet! Not recommended for those who have head, neck and shoulder problems or those who have high blood pressure or are pregnant. This pose requires a lot of practice, good balance and strength. The key to nailing a SUP yoga headstand is to have a strong foundation, to take it…

SUP Technique - Ustrasana - Camel Pose - Advanced
SUP Technique - Ustrasana - Camel Pose - Advanced
Ustrasana - Camel Pose - Advanced

This pose belongs in the category of back extensions, which focuses on bringing the spine into an extension/arch. There are a few modifications to make this pose accessible to all levels. Firstly kneel on the board ensuring your knees are hip distance apart on either side of the handle/middle as this is the widest and most stable part of the…