Check out this YouTube clip I made which shows you how well our new seasons range of all-rounder SUP's glide and also how straight they track. In this clip I only paddle the 10'6" and the 9'4" which is the longest and shortest all -rounders in our collection. I hope you enjoy and please contact me if you have any questions at all.
I must get a smaller board as soon as possible!! This is an interesting thought process that seems to be part of the chain of thoughts that goes through every beginner to intermediate surfers head, especially when surfing SUPs. I put it down to being just a thought habit that we have developed over time. What I mean by this is sort of like when we are growing up and we are taught things by our parents that we treat as gospel. It’s not until we reach a certain age and develop our own understanding of the world that we begin to question these teachings and we start to realise that some of the things our parents taught us are not necessarily the exact way it really works. There’s a thought habit that has developed over the years of surfing that tells us that we all need to go smaller and lighter with our boards as soon as possible and if we do this we are going to rip the waves! Unfortunately, for some of us, this is not the case. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not for everyone. Some people are really fit and ooze natural surfing talent and absolutely rip on the smaller boards in any conditions. Let’s be clear here, I am talking about the average joe who has been bashing away for years and not getting anywhere in a great hurry. I am speaking from experience as I went through this whole thought habit process during my years of surfing short boards. This is where holding onto that old thought process, that you must get on the smallest lightest board as soon as possible, can really hold your surfing back. I spent years through my more influenceable years trying to ride small light boards just because that’s the way things were supposed to be done and because that was the rules of surfing that had been handed down to us from the older surfers (kind of like the teachings from our parents). It wasn’t until I finally started to allow my own thought processes to develop and defeated the old thought habits, that I got myself a broader selection of boards and from that point on my surfing improved rapidly. More importantly, the enjoyment I have in the water has escalated as I am now riding boards that suit me and have boards that suit all conditions. See, when your punching above your weight and riding ridiculously short, light boards that are not suited to your body size, skill, and fitness level the number of waves you catch is drastically minimalised. On these super small boards, you can only ride the suckiest waves as you need maximum wave power to push the board with your weight on it. You can’t push through the flat sections of the waves and 95% of your surfs just end up being a bundle of frustration! Personally, I found by swallowing my pride and getting on some boards with a little higher volume and even throwing a Malibu into my collection I found myself getting heaps more waves. I get out on more days as I have boards for all conditions and best of all I eliminated the frustration from my surfing and replaced it with enjoyment and fulfilment. Now how does this relate to SUPs? Well the same thing comes into play here. There seems to be a belief that your board needs to get smaller and smaller as quick as you can, but does this have to be the case? Is this necessarily what is going to work the best for you? I think the first step is to be happy with the big old board you’ve got (if you have one). Big boards are nice and easy to balance on and easier to catch waves on. If you can’t ride the big old board, are you going to be able to ride a smaller one? Do you need to spend more time on the big board working it out? Start to question the system and make your own decisions. If your learning to surf on a big SUP and you’re having trouble, is it the big board that is holding you back or is it yourself? Is it your fitness? Is it your knowledge of how things work in the wave zone? Is it where your feet are located on the board? I think these are important questions you need to ask before you place total blame on your board. We live in a society now where we want everything fast and we want it now, but is this always the best way to get things done? Has it not been proven over time that to achieve great results, sometimes it’s best to take one step at a time and be patient to achieve the best results. Remember when learning to SUP surf, repetition, repetition, repetition. I believe the best method is to start big and master each board before you decrease the size and volume of your board, this way your surfing will progress a lot faster. I often say to my customers, if you start on a small SUP you will probably be able to surf it in a couple of years, but if you start on a big board you will be charging a few nice little waves in 6 months! Eventually, with time and practice, you will be ripping on the small boards!