Why Take our 2.5 hour SUP Basics Class? Learn 19 New Skills ...

Many ask why the should take my 2.5 hour class vs the 1.5 hour basic sup class.  In 2.5 hours we cover the following - Note this is an actual summary sent to a student after his class:

Student level before class: Advanced beginner

Student level after class: Intermediate - ability to handle boat wakes, current and wind.

Today we covered the following:

-Sit paddling – single blade with vertical shaft to go straight; both tips of paddle in water kayak style stroke
-Prone Paddling – on chest surfer style, power face of blade on board so shaft sticks up, body on blade.  
-Paddling Upwind and up current – use short strokes, fast cadence, feather blade
-Side Draw, 2 methods
-backwards, stopping, slowing
-Cross bow – lower is better, lose grip, deep draw of blade, don’t cross arms.
-Cross Bow around a corner, same as above but static blade in water
-Reverse and Forward sweep turns – lower straight arm, watch blade, squat low
-Quicky on stern rudder, wag the dog, 
-Pivot Turn – stay loose, knees bent, paddle in water 100%, keep it moving, feet offset; work on getting out as far as possible, try backwards, fin free.
-Bracing – basic brace at side; sweeping brace then paddle
-Boat wakes – don’t turn into wakes, keep your course, bend knees and use short paddle cadence. Practice taking wave at your side. 
-Eddy Turns in current – get board 1/2 way over eddy line, stay low, then cross bow to turn upstream (or downstream)
-Ferrying – crossing current/rivers without being swept down. Angle board upstream, keep eye on target. 
-Walking on board – keep blade flat on water or paddle when walking.  Try both. More effective in rough water than paddle on board.  
-Turning backwards on board – keep flat blade on water at your side, spin around on board, don’t slow down. 
-Paddling backwards, pivot turn backwards. For fun, take fin out and paddle and do your pivot turn. 
-Forward stroke – lower straight arm; bend at waist (micro knee bend), loose grip; reach out to take a stroke, vertical shaft on return, take out at feet, feather blade with power face up, the stroke again.  Parts of stroke – catch, power phase, exit, recovery. Try to make as fluid as possible.  Extra credit: make both arms mostly straight, then try – this forces your torso to do the work.  More powerful stroke, less fatigue.  
-Using eddies or areas of no current to get upstream or upwind.  

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Questions? Contact us at salmonbaypaddle@gmail.com / See classes at www.salmonbaypaddle.com
Available all year, we supply all gear with cost. 

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