How To – Paddling Out Through the Surf – Techniques

Paddling Out Through the SurfA tutorial I made for SUP The Mag on how to paddle out through the surf.  In this video are a couple techniques I learned this past year, as well as how I get out when it’s overhead plus and heavy.

Filming some of the best paddlers in the world gives me a chance to see what they do in slow motion.  After trying the techniques myself I make a video and hopefully this helps others.

So here are 4 ways I use to get out at Ocean Beach:

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DIY Wood Surfboard Rack – How to Video

DIY Wood Surfboard RackOver the years living in several different houses my surfboards also needed a home.  Putting them in the rafters or loft of a garage or shed was quick storage but pulling them out was always a hassle.  So I have made several versions of a wall mounted multi-board rack, and I am stoked with this wood rack I am using now.  I made a video tutorial of how I built this wood rack for SUP the Mag.

I built it around 3 years ago and it has held strong and sturdy.  Purchasing an unlimited board required re-configuring the rack to accommodate this 17 foot board.  It was surprisingly easy to rearrange the rack arms.  I am stoked to report the rack has held the weight of 3 downwind boards, 2 sups, and several shortboards totaling about 140 pounds.

Making a rack out of renewable plants is important to me, and I love the smell of wood in my garage:

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Foil Surfing – Beginner Tutorial Series

Foil Surfing TutorialI made a foil surfing tutorial series for SUP The Magazine.  Designed for newbies and beginners.  I made it now when I am still learning myself.  I have found that after I have progressed and developed advanced skills it is challenging to remember how difficult being a beginner was.

Also I suspect down the road will be fun to have a video record of where I was and my thinking about foil surfing.  I wish I had this from my early prone surfing days.  Now it’s hard to imagine not being able to paddle out and catch a bunch of waves and do whatever turns I want…

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SUP Surfing Footwork – How to Position the Feet for Radical Turns

SUP Surfing FootworkLearning to move my feet rail to rail made a huge difference in my turns, control, and confidence in any conditions. In this video I break down the footwork that empowers us to do radical maneuvers, make sections, and kick out.  I slowed down and enlarged the footage so we can see how the pros move and position their feet to enable them to do stylish fluid turns.

For beginners this footwork helps us stay in control and have more confidence when taking a large SUP into a crowded surf zone.  With the right footwork we are safer for everyone around us and ourselves, this is an important skill to have on these bigger boards.  Also we are enabled to have longer rides and do those carving turns that feel so good…

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How to Downwind SUP Surf – Video

How to Downwind SurfA few weeks ago we had an epic super fun mass downwind surf outing – Glidezilla.

So fun to get together with this many surfers and water folks. Often I go alone or with a one or two people, so going with over 25 paddlers was a first for me. Awesome to have the social gathering before and after at the BBQ.  I hope this becomes a regular event.

I enjoyed Glidezilla so much I felt inspired to make a how to downwind video.  Seeing so many wonderful SUP surfers all around me I was able to confirm what works and what skills are needed…

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How to Paddle Out in Bigger Surf on a SUP – Video Tutorial

Paddling out like a proOne fine day the best SUP surfers in the world came to Ocean Beach in San Francisco.  When the pros come to town I do my best to go out and watch and learn I can from them.  Seeing them on TV or at a break I am unfamiliar with is one thing. Then seeing them doing things I have never seen anyone do at one of my favorite beaches is mind expanding and inspiring…

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