Innocently, you join friends and fellow competitors for your first down wind SUP adventure. River, lake or open ocean – when the wind and the bumps cooperate the experience is incredible.
There’s so much to think about – paddle stroke, wind and wave direction, safety around rocks, channels, tankers or current and your own stamina and ability. Whether your first run was 3 miles and easy or a kick-your-butt challenge, it’s likely you emerged from the adventure a different person. Perhaps, like so many of us, all you can think about is doing it AGAIN! Yup, you’re hooked.
In between opportunities to do down winders, SUP Magazine has an online series that can provide tips and insights any time. Take a look at the Glide Guide.
Some take-away tips from the video (see below) of Jeremy Riggs training Justin Gordon include:
The key thing keeping up your momentum. Shorter rapid paddle strokes keep momentum going – keep speed up
Don’t go right up the back of the wave in front of you – that will slow you down and you paddle UP.
Look for the place to keep the momentum going, a place to guide the board into the trough where you can catch the next bump – and have tons more FUN!