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Ballard Race Results Aug 14 - 2017


Robert Picardo 21:15

Sarah Sandstrom 22:58
Michele Black 25:51
Tran 27:17
Babette 33:00
Autumn 34:18
Vicki 37:50

Holly R 29:05
Brittany  31:00


Christian O 21:50
Alex V 22:42
Ivan 23:08
Chris G 23:11
Wes 23:34
Jeremiah 24:12
Lance 24:16
Darrell 24:28
Jim J 25:01
Christian B 25:56
Troy T 25:53
Alan L 26:20
Troy K 27:50
Harry 29:15
Evan 29:20
Levi 32:47
Wes 23:34

Surf Style
Jesse 34:24
Doug 34:00

Questions? Wanna get better-faster? Give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Salmon Bay Paddle / PSUPA
Seattle, WA USA 


SUP Tips - Check Out My SUP Tips Blog (Formerly Stoke Magazine)

Looking for SUP Tips?

Check out my blog with 8 years of SUP tips, techniques and industry insight.

My long time blog Stoke Magazine is now SUP Tips..

Recent Posts: 
-Tips for Common SUP Racing Mistakes and Solutions
-Inflatable SUP Electric Air Pumps
-Podcast with R2AK SUP paddler Karl Kruger
-The Flip Rescue, video
-Why paddlers wear shorts over their wetsuits
-SUP safety tips (several posts)
-Car sup rack tips (several posts)

Questions? Give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Salmon Bay Paddle / PSUPA
Seattle, WA USA


SUP Tips - How to Get on an Inflatable SUP

How to Get on Your Inflatable SUP - 
Today I got a call from a gal who is about to give up on SUP as she can't get back on her board. She has a inflatable that is 6" thick (standard thickness). All her friends can get on so she's getting frustrated and may give it up. Her concerns are not uncommon. But with a few of our tips, she should be good, even if it includes getting an epoxy/hard board which has thinner rails.

The problem with inflatables are that they're the same thickness from tail to nose. Hard/epoxy boards are usually thin on the ends, thick in the middle. This is called foil. Race boards tend to have a thick tail, thinner nose.

8 Tips on Getting on a 6" Thick Inflatable Paddle Board..

- Get on at the rail by the tail. You can reach over to the other side here, unlike the middle. 

- Always kick both feet (hard) to raise your body to the surface - while pulling on. If one leg is on, keep kicking the other. I do this all the time.  

- If the above doesn't work, use our Stirrup Technique. Fashion a loop from a rack strap, thick rope or nylon webbing. In shallow water, adjust the strap so you have 1-2 loops. Add a carabiner or similar gadget to the strap. When in the water, attach the carabiner to the metal D-Ring, handle or leash string on the back of your board (tail).  Facing the tail, drop the loop in the water. Place one foot in a loop, then while kicking the other leg, step up on the board. Adjust the loop if it's too low. Watch this video to learn how to attach a rope from your handle to use to climb fully on the board.

- Always wear a PFD/Lifejacket and leash. Practice in shallow water until you can get on. People have been rescued or have died from not getting on boards in cold water.  If you attach your PFD to your board (not recommended), make sure you can get it off easily. One guy a few years ago couldn't get on his board and couldn't get the PFD off to stay afloat in very cold water.  *If you're a bigger person, a vest PFD may limit your ability to climb on a board. The Hyde C02 vest is an option, though the company hasn't made one for bigger folks yet. Unlike waist belts, it fits on your chest unflated but easy to inflate with chest pull.

-Learn the Flip Rescue. A very easy tip to get anyone on a board. We did it successfully with a guy 405lbs who was 6'-8".  If you or your friends can't get on, the flip will save their life. Being the silly season, you'll see many in the water without skills. Be prepared. 

- Practice the flip and getting on regularly in all comfortable conditions. We do!

- Worse case, get an epoxy surf style board that has thinner, usually 4.5 at the middle and 2-3" on the ends. Much easier to get on. 

**One more Tip - Try your board before you buy it.  I see many out there who can't carry, lift, stand or get on their boards. 

Need more info or to take our classes give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA


3 Most Common Reasons for Not Trying SUP

These are the 3 most common reasons people tell us they're holding out on taking a SUP class..

1) I have bad balance.

Answer: If you can walk without any trouble then you can paddle a SUP.  We place beginners on super stable board sized to their height and weight. Plus we teach easy techniques for staying upright once up (place paddle in water).

2) I have poor upper body strength.

Answer: No worries! We'll teach you how to get out of the water and back on your board without any issues! Kicking your feet as you pull up/out makes it way easier as it raises your body to the water level thus you're pulling on horizontally vs vertically.

We also ask folks to climb on to their boards from the tail - rail side. This way you can reach over and grab the tapered tail than just the handle.

And SUP will give you core strength!

We also use a easy to make strirrup which provides a step to climb out of the water onto your board super easily.

3) I'm not a good swimmer.

Answer: If you wear your leash which connects you to the board, and a vest lifejacket, you won't need to be an Olympic level swimmer.

I'm not a strong swimmer, but know the basics. Learn to swim or become a better swimmer at schools such as Miracle Swimming or in Seattle the Orca Swim school.

In early July 2017, a SUP paddler drowned in Florida as a result of not knowing how to swim.

Other comments we hear and have solutions for...

- When prospective students give me their entire history of water and sport based accomplishments, usually it's a sign of insecurity, anxiety and/or they're intimidated by our class descriptions, (we do work with anyone who has basic swimming skills and is a total beginner)

- I get cold.  We provide you with easy to put on toasty wetsuits which will keep you super comfortable. The vest lifejacket provides extra warmth.

- I don't want to wear a wetsuit as I'm overweight - No worries. If it's a hot summer day we won't need a wetsuit. If not, a drysuit is much looser and will keep you warm, dry and feeling good. We can rent drysuits from local kayak shops.

- I don't want to be seen learning. No worries, we'll paddle on our knees or sitting to a private area where you can build your skills, but come back standing looking like a star to the beach.

Need more info or to take our classes give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA


SUP with us on Orcas Island - Arrive via a Kenmore Air Float Plane!

On July 31st, fly over Puget Sound from Seattle on a float plane to the San Juan Islands via Kenmore Air. 

We're hosting 25 Kenmore Air charter customers on Cascade Lake on Orcas Island for a short lesson then tour of this beautiful lake.

Between 1:30 and 4pm, you'll learn the basics of paddle boarding then will tour around the lake. We supply all the paddling equipment and PSUPA certified guides.
Cascade Lake / Moran State Park

A freshwater lake in the middle of an island surrounded by saltwater, Cascade Lake is a 5 minute drive from the historical Rosario Resort and located in Moran State Park.

To sign up, contact Kenmore Air and click on the Charters tab.

Hope to see you there! 

Need more info or to take our classes give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA


How to Save a Paddler - The Flip Rescue for Stand Up Paddlers

Stand up paddle boarding - The Flip Rescue (Board to Board)
The flip rescue is to pull a stand up paddler out of the water who can't do so themselves usually do fatigue. 
The rescue comes from the raft industry. It also works for pulling swimmers or flipped kayak/canoeists onto your board. 
The shown method is for stand up paddlers to pull another stand up paddler out of the water. If practice often, it can be completed in rough water in less than a minute. I've done it in whirlpools for a fatigued student at Deception Pass in Washington State.  

How to..
- Paddle your board over to the capsized paddler. 
- Ask if they're cold, how long they've bee in the water
- While doing so, flip their board fin up. Easiest to do so with two hands at the tail.
- Climb on your knees from your board to theirs using your paddle as a brace across both
- Pull the victim in and have them face you in the Middle of their board
- Drop both paddles in the water between the victim and their board
- Ask them to cross their arms, then grab their hands (not wrists)
- While doing so, stand up on their board and step their opposite rail.
- Kick your board back (should be on leash)
- Then fall back into the water. 
- Once they're their board, move to towards their tail (same side) and reaching over their board, pull their legs on 
- Get back on your board and tow or push with your board (nose to tail) them back to shore. Call for 911 or the CG on channel 16 if you're unable to reach shore to prevent hypothermia or to properly perform CPR. 

**Practice often to do the flip under a minute and be open to them falling back off, or having to find a Plan B solution.  When you tow or push them to shore, ask the victim to lie prone (chest) or sit to prevent from falling off again. 

**Always wear your PFD and leash to stay off the news.

Take one of our Seattle classes...
Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA


Stand Up Paddle Board Business Consultant - Rob Casey

During the first decade of stand up paddle boarding as a business, I've seen many businesses start and fail while others succeed. As director of the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association and owner of my own paddling business, I'm available as a Stand Up Paddle Board Business Consultant to assist with business set-up and how to keep your business fresh or even renew itself after a few years.

Topics I can assist with:
- What type of SUP and/or paddling business to start?
- How should I scale? Start small or become a large shop?
- Do I need certification?
- How to purchase gear as a business
- Marketing - Social media, print, referrals, testimonials, reviews, etc..
- How to re-invent your business during a slump, market or personal change?
- What to charge?
- Sponsorships
- Building a community
- How to work overseas

Questions? Give me a holler..
Rob Casey
Salmon Bay Paddle / PSUPA
Seattle, WA USA

Rob Casey