When you have mastered calm flat water, you should challenge yourself in windy / choppy conditions on the intracoastal and when you finally feel confident enough to take it to the beach and try to catch waves, give it another month on flat / windy & choppy intracoastal water... then you'll be ready... maybe.
Learning curve is different for everybody. If you aren't a surfer, than you really should double the amount of time suggested above. If you are a proficient surfer to begin with, then you might be able to move to the surf faster, but I'd listen to my above advice to be absolutely sure, and so you don't embarrass yourself out there. Watching someone fall off over and over again is amusing but if you are anywhere near a wave you are just being a danger to yourself and anybody else within your board / leash radius.
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Thread: The power of the dark side
Jun 23, 2014, 03:54 PM #11
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Jun 23, 2014, 03:59 PM #12
Jun 23, 2014, 04:14 PM #14
What I would do is I would figure out which direction the wind is blowing and I would paddle as hard and fast as I could against the wind 1st and go as far as I could until I completely gassed out and needed a break. Once you get to that point then you can take a breather, sit down / rest your legs, or casually stroll about and take a look at some of the wild life around you, then once you catch your breath and get your legs under you, then you turn around and use the wind at your back to get as much speed going as possible and see how fast you can make it back to your starting point.
Be sure to push your limits as far as you can going out 1st because when the wind is at your back you don't need a lot of energy to make it back. BUT, whatever you do, do NOT do this the other way around or you'll be stranded waiting for someone to come scoop you because you won't be able to make it back. HAHAHA
Use the choppiness and boat wakes to get use to the turbulence of the surf. Try getting in a boat wake and ride it for a minute if it's big enough. If you can't do it without falling, you aint ready. If you look like you're in an earthquake trying to handle the choppiness or boat wake, then keep at it until you are steady as she goes...
Jun 23, 2014, 04:15 PM #15
Yeah, my wife's cousin and her husband own a massage and yoga studio here. They always invite us to go there. I never do, but the wife does.
Anyway, they both bought SUPs a couple months ago. Now they are planning a weekly, SUP Yoga class. Where they paddle out and do Yoga on SUPs. As they are telling me this, I am just thinking, Okay, so even if you aren't going to take them out in the ocean, you are going to take a bunch of "mommie" out into the intracoastal waterways (we have like 8-9 foot tide swings), where the tides and currents are ridiculous, its covered in oyster beds and all kinds of obsticles, not to mention shark invested.... Hrmmmm.... Nope, nothing can go wrong when that middle aged, woman who can barely swim falls of the side of her SUP in the water, hits an oyster bed or whatever....
Never heard of this kind of thing, but sounds like just a complete novelty. Like, can't you do yoga on the beach, and then follow it with a SUP session? Is it really necessary to go out, into deep water and do this stuff?
I just hope they have good insurance.
Saw a 70 old guy almost die in a Kayak last winter. They brought him up on the boat landing, loaded him in the back... I went out and asked the paramedics what happened, they said that old boy just rolled his Kayak over. He wasn't a strong swimmer and the 60 degree water had him very cold.... Dude looked like he was about to straight die... And all that happened was he fell in.
Jun 23, 2014, 04:18 PM #16Member
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Jun 23, 2014, 04:19 PM #17
some guy here stand up paddles on a kayak
i want to punch his face off
Jun 23, 2014, 04:25 PM #18
Had a 9'3" sub-vector for about 3 years and would only take it out on the smallest of days. But definitely a fun alternate way to surf...took it out on a couple of head high days just for fun and could force it around with the paddle but what was the point when I could just surf. The newer naish HP sups look to be the call for pure performance, but I'll be honest...I don't even think they'd be worth it for our type of waves. When its breaking top to bottom and attempting to sneak into a wave just wont happen...a reef or point is a different story but a beachie...no thanks. Definitely a small wave activity....loads of fun when not around crowds! However, I always loved a long paddle...definitely a work out. If you can find a cheapie you should jump on it...definitely more difficult to surf than an LB.
Jun 23, 2014, 04:30 PM #20
You can't find ANYTHING but a soft top for less than $500 or $600.... seems insane to me. I guess as long as people keep buying them, the market will hold. But that is WAAAAAAYYYYY too much for a used board of most kinds.
I mean, why are there no SUP beaters? I could see dropping 3 or so for one just to have and mess around with. Paddle around the bay, but I ain't dropping $1200 on one. That is money better spent on a surf trip.