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.
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!