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Paddle Surfing is the sport of Hawaiian kings and has a rich cultural heritage. SUP is also a great way to get in touch with the ocean. Our experienced instructors will give you their personal attention and share the surfing/paddling experience with you. Learning to paddle surf could be the beginning of a new life long passion. Our experienced instructor will take you through the comprehensive, introductory program that is designed for the newcomer to the sport or plan a downwind paddle coast run for you. The latest paddle boards and paddles are provided.
SUP Lessons are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The cost of this lesson can be redeemed upon purchase of a board from Briskites.
Maximum group size of 4 students per lesson.
· Transporting equipment
· How to hold the Paddle
· Self rescue
· Use off the Leg rope
· Getting up on the board
· Basic paddle stroke
· Basic paddle turn
· Controlling board direction
· Front side turn
· Back side turn
· Quick turn
· SUP etiquette
· Equip. Recommendations
Lessons are conducted at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe (the yellow marker on map)
We have alternate locations if the weather is unsuitable for Suttons.
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HistoryModern stand up paddle surfing has its own Hawaiian roots as well. In the 1940s, surf instructors in Waikiki like Duke Kahanamoku and Leroy and Bobby AhChoy would take paddles and stand on their boards to get a better view of the surfers in the water and incoming swells, and from time to time they would surf the waves in themselves using the paddle to steer the board. Injured in a car accident that restricted him from swimming or kneeling, Bobby would stand up, cigarettes lashed to his arm, camera about his neck, and paddle into the surf zone shouting hints to others. His brother Leroy and father John would also stand up from time to time. And so Beach Boy Surfing was born.
Why Stand up?
Stand up paddle has two sides to it, one is a very relaxing, gentle workout, the other is awsome fun and a great workout.
1. SUP Flat Water.
Why stand on a massive surfboard and paddle it around? Flat water SUP is very accessible to almost anyone. The new SUP Boards of 30" and wider offer a very stable platform to cruise around on giving you a very comfortable paddling position. (Why does anyone sit down and paddle?) The boards come in different sizes and widths to suit any size rider. The longer boards are more flat water or larger rider oriented, these boards glide through the water smoothly (less wind the better) giving a stable comfortable ride. Standing up means you see alot more, (News to our surf or kayak friends) paddling and looking down you can see through the water (fish, seaweed, bottom etc.) as well as around. A half hour paddle on flat water uses lots of muscles you may have forgotton about, across your shoulders, whole back and core as well as your legs and gives a low impact all over workout (you won't want a 5/3 wintersuit on!). In general SUP Flat water is sociable, a good sensation and an easy workout, alot more exciting than the gym!
2. SUP Surfing.
If you live next to a barreling reef break that works every time you're off, and you can surf a 6ft board then you don't need a SUP Board. However if you want to try surfing in easy small waves or want to spend more time riding waves than sitting on you're board, then SUP Surfing is for you. Why SUP Surf? On a big long board you can catch any wave 6 inches high to 15 foot high on the same board. Paddling with a paddle gets you on to waves super early meaning you can catch waves alot earlier than a normal surfboard. Riding with a paddle means you can paddle through any flat spot on the wave meaning you can literally ride the wave from way beyond any surfer all the way up to the beach if you want to. If youv'e never surfed before you'll find the easiest way is on a SUP Board, no scrambling to your feet, jumping up on a wobbly board. You are already standing up, all you need is a gentle paddle onto the wave and you're up and riding and even have a paddle to lean against on the wave like a stabiliser to make it more controlable. Surfing is a fantastic sport but requires lots of time and practice in the right conditions to perfect. SUP surfing is easier not as radical but alot more accessible for more people. Surf already, Why SUP Surf? Having surfed all around the world for over 20 years at some of the worlds best breaks myself and coming home to a busy crowded, less than amazing conditions. Doesn't make me want to rush out and sit in the line out for less than ideal conditions. SUP makes even the less than perfect days great. On average I'd say I get 5 times as many waves, alot longer rides and best set waves on my SUP unless its too windy, then its hard work! On lighter wind days catching more waves not wearing boots, gloves, hood, just a warm summer suit in the winter is great fun. Paddling a SUP in surf can take a bit of getting used to. The first time you may find it difficult if you're with another first timer as its really funny! Watching your friend running forwards or falling down on the way out or being washed of his feet and falling on his backside on the way in, is endlessly funny, my ribs hurt from laughing so much, the first time I went out in the waves! Whats it really like to Surf a SUP? Stand up Paddle Boards are like being towed-in on a long board, not as radical as a short board, but you can get more waves and you can set yourself up to the right part of the wave way before you would normally be on it. More time riding, more waves, not as extreme, easier to surf more.
Where to go SUP
One of the joys of SUP is it's versatility. From rivers, lakes and estuaries to open water and surf.
When surfing a SUP you can explore other reef breaks further afield, further than would would ever paddle a surf board, the journey is all part of the experience. Catching larger waves on your SUP is not always that simple. If you're looking for bigger waves getting out can be a bit tricky. Getting over a head high breaking wave is not too difficult, but getting over 8 feet of white water isn't going to be too easy, always look for a channel around the white water. Venues with lots of white water are less suitable for SUP, it simply makes it more difficult to get out. Start in smaller surf and as you become more experienced try some bigger stuff.
Being a SUP rider in a busy surf break is not going to make you many friends (just like canoes, kayaks and windsurfer's). Always start well away from other water user's, being hit by a 11ft surfboard isn't going to go down well. If you're riding with other surfers always let surfers drop in if they like (they don't usually). But never paddle on to a surfer's wave (he'll have spent a long time getting into the right place to catch it) you can also catch the next one alot easier. Simply give way to everyone else and stay well away from crowded surf. You can always paddle 200m away in no time and then have plenty of waves to yourself.
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