Wings Foils SUP Surf Beginner Technique

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Balance Control and Efficiency
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 1
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Bumps, Curves and Rites of Passage - Part 2
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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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Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Introduction to Board Selection
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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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Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Ustrasana - Camel Pose - Advanced
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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…

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - How to Gybe on the Foil, Heel to Toe
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - How to Gybe on the Foil, Heel to Toe
How to Gybe on the Foil, Heel to Toe

It’s on ladies and gents, it’s on! If you’ve been following this Wing Foil series and the videos on the Tonic channel, your prep for the foiling gybe is done, the foundations are laid, you’ve never been more ready:) We write this with utter conviction because you’ve got a feeling for wind direction, a solid first position, a balanced dynamic…

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Pre-foiling Prep
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Pre-foiling Prep
Pre-foiling Prep

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re most likely aware that recently there have been a few well-off gents flying up to the edge of space, dressed as Thunderbirds, who have then returned to earth with big grins to pop corks and shower their teams in Champagne. Your Wing foiling journey will have many similarities. You aim to leave…

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Purvottanasana / Upward plank pose
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Purvottanasana / Upward plank pose
Purvottanasana / Upward plank pose

This is a great SUP Yoga pose for tight shoulders and chest and to build core muscles. Initially try it on the long else of the board facing the nose and for an added challenge try it on the short edge. Begin seated with your legs extended out in front of you. Place your hands behind you with fingertips pointing…

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Hanumanasana/ Splits pose
Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - Hanumanasana/ Splits pose
Hanumanasana/ Splits pose

This is well and truly an advanced Yoga posture, so don’t attempt this if you have tight hamstrings, hips or any injury to the pelvis, knees or ankles. Begin in a low lunge with the right leg forward making sure you are central over the handle/middle of the board. Pressing the palms into the board, slide the right foot forward…

Wings Foils SUP Surf Technique - An introduction to River SUP
Wings Foils SUP Surf 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.…