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Ballard Monday Night Race Results - 9/11/17

An epic night with a 3' purse seiner wake that dropped many paddlers, wind waves, reverb and a mile of side chop.  Race Results 

Pics from the race. Photos by Curt Devoir, Salmon Bay Paddle and PSUPA alumni who have a great sup business in Mexico at Under Toe Mexico

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


Halloween SUP Race in Seattle October 28th

Join us for our 3rd annual Halloween Paddling Race Oct 28 in Seattle at the Ballard Elks Club.

A 6 mile course, you'll paddle from the Elks around West Point and back. We don't cancel for rain or moderate winds. Most wear costumes.

More details tba.  Proceeds are donated to the Elks Scholarship Fund.

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

Stand Up Paddle Level 2 Lessons this Week

This week, I had two students interested in our SUP Basics Level 2 class.

Frederick (top) took our SUP Basics Level 1 class two weekends ago to work on his existing skills and learning new techniques.

This week I took him to the next level by working on buoy turns, cross bow turns, refining his forward stroke and we surfed boat wakes. We paddled in wind up to 15kts (up, side and downwind) and worked on the basics of downwinding in knee to waist high bumps.

John Lesher visited me today from NC. An experienced paddler, we worked on balance in rough water, using a looser grip on the paddle, paddling straighter, using an easier crossbow and advanced strokes like the nose rudder, nose draw and other tricks.  We paddled boat wakes, in wind with light current and finishing with nearly vertical pivot turns for balance practice.

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

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons in August

Here's a few of the stoked folks to took lessons in August. Hot days, warm water and our usual fun Shilshole Bay conditions. Students left with standing with confidence and an intro to rough water paddling, boat wakes, paddling upwind, turning 360 spins on their boards and an efficient forward stroke!

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


Ballard Race Results Aug 14 - 2017


Online Results

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