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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Tube City at Ocean Beach – An Epic Surfing Day

Tube City at Ocean BeachI am renaming San Francisco Tube City after seeing so many epic barrels this beautiful warm winter day. Twice in the past three years I have wished I brought a prone shortboard with me, a shallow fast reef break in Maui and this day at Ocean Beach.

Driving to the beach I had no idea it would be hollow and barreling.  The last time I saw this many barrels it was huge and serious…

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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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Year of the SUP Surfer

Happy New YearHappy New Year!  I have seen more SUP surfers out at the spots I routinely surf, a welcome addition.  Also I have met and been hanging out with more surfers then ever before, another welcome addition to my life.  The most enjoyable part for me is the welcoming inclusive vibe, everyone is glad to see each other and stoked to share waves.

I am looking forward to seeing what unfolds in 2018 and I hope to see you soon…

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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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