Improve your skills with these 10 Stand Up Paddle (SUP) pro-tips !

Articles - 25-06-2019
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To improve your stand-up paddle skills, there is no secrets, you have to practice ! Nevertheless, despite spending intensive time on your board, you may feel you are not getting anywhere, maybe even “stagnating” at certain times… This could be due to several factors such as bad paddling habits or the monotony of training, but don’t panic, you are not alone.  Many have been there before and getting back on track in SUP is easy ! That is why we decided to write an article on the subject with the help of professional stand-up paddle athletes, the Teulade Brothers, and our own Oxbow Ambassadors, one of which is the latest winner of the 2019 Glagla Race !

They have complied a list of 10 tips that will improve your stand-up paddle technique by correcting small flaws and bad habits that you may have!

 

 

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Here are 10 pro-tips to improve in SUP :

 

 

  1. Set a goal

During your outings and training, it is better to set a goal such as varying the duration of the training, intensity, and technique. You will know what to do when you are on the water, helping you be focused on a specific objective.

 

 

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  1. Vary the type of Water

To avoid the monotony of training, and to prolong the stand-up paddle experience, you can, if possible, vary the type of water. Be it flat, in a current, ocean paddling, or facing waves, choose the environment that suits you! In addition to varying the pleasure, this will allow you to become a more versatile, preparing you for all situations!

 

 

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  1. The Right Equipment

It is very important to have equipment that is suitable and properly tuned for your skill level, so you can have fun without getting hurt. Do not try to use professional equipment if you’re a beginner, you will have plenty of time to for upgrades as your skills improve.

 

 

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  1. Take a class / Get Videotapped

This will be a plus for those who have the opportunity to do so. Take a technical class with an experienced paddler, and if possible, use video analysis to better understand how you paddle and clearly see the points of your technique that need work. This will allow you to define your specific areas that need improvement, which are not necessarily obvious to detect when paddling alone!

 

 

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  1. SUP in a group

If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to paddle together to learn from others! Fellow enthusiasts will always have good advice to give and you can talk about equiptment and technique. In addition, they see you paddling and could suggest points to change. You can also do challenges within the group, such as mini-races or competitions. You will go beyond your own limits simply by motivating each other! “The stand-up paddle in a group, it’s even more fun!”

 

 

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  1. Get out of your comfort zone

If you want to progress, there is no secret, you have to get out of your comfort zone … This does not mean taking unnecessary risks, but putting yourself into trouble once in a while will force mistakes, and falls, but above all, get up and progress! “Remind yourself that the best have been there too!”

 

 

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  1. Focus on the oar

At the beginning of the session, during warm-up, try to really think about your technique as you paddle, your position on the board: the top (the pommel) of your oar must be above the water when you paddle and not above your SUP. The blade should be entirely in the water, and your feet at the handles used to carry your SUP. Once this movement is mastered, it will become automatic, allowing you to focus on other important points! If this skill remains unclear, we invite you to watch our video tutorial with Ludovic Dulou who demonstrates this movement in detail.

 

 

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  1. Work on your balance/poise on the board

At the end of the session, if the water is warm (or you are equipped for falls), try to make turns, move around on the board, paddle with your feet crossed, and even on one leg! All this with the aim of “learning to handle your equipment and be one with it,” explains Jérémy Teulade.

 

 

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  1. Try exploring !

Open Google Maps and prepare your itinerary. You will learn to factor in the weather, conditions, rest spots and things you want to discover. This is a big plus for your experience in a marine environment. It allows you to escape, and above all, to be proud of your outing that you organized from A to Z!

 

 

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  1. The Golden Rule

A last bit of advice from our ambassadors, “Always have fun” is the Golden Rule! Never lose sight of it!

 

 

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After this excellent advice from our ambassadors, we are sure that you will find pleasure in your glide, and that you will improve in your future outings !

 

 

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