SUP-related New Years Resolutions?
Each year we tend to make plans to try and become a better version of ourselves. A worthy endeavor.
This can include getting more exercise, eating healthier, making strides in business, and more!
But what the team at Perfect Paddles is curious about is...
Do you have a SUP-centric New Years Resolution you're looking to fulfill this year?
We have an immense database
to get you connected with the paddling professionals to make it happen! Just check out our Location/Activities
guide and start your search today!
If you don't have a SUP resolution for 2021 may we suggest...
What is it?: Unlike traditional surfing, on a SUP you use a fixed standing position and your paddle to push yourself into waves and surf!
Is it difficult?: Yes, it is! But that's okay. Things that tend to come easy aren't usually worthwhile. TO understand the dynamics of SUP Surfing we highly suggest contacting a local outfitter in your town or possibly one overseas for your winter getaway! You can start your search here.
Is it fun?: Definitely! Especially once you get the hang of it and can surf on your own or with a group of friends. Just remember- the more time spent in the water, the better you will become.
Some quick tips to get started:
- Manage your expectations. SUP surfing takes practice and commitment. The more time you're in the water, the faster you'll learn
- Practice reading the water while you're out there- which way is the wave breaking, where the are peaks, what is the bottom (sand, rock, reef).
- Develop cardio- paddling in and out of waves is a sprint!
- Sharpen your strength and paddle technique on flatwater.
- Know your limits. The school of hard knocks can hurt! If you don't feel comfortable, don't go!
- Paddle fast- in order to catch a wave sometimes you have to be able to paddle quickly
- Paddle straight- to improve your chances of catching a wave, learn how to paddle straight
- Bodysurf! Practice in waves and relax before you try on a SUP. Learning how to remain calm in the waves is critical to your success and safety.
- Start with an ISUP (one meant for surfing) they're more forgiving while you learn the ropes and proper etiquette- if you fall on them you won't hurt yourself, anyone else, or the board!
Check out this video that illustrates a few of these points...