SUP Paddleboarding

  • BardBear

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    Apr 29, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    Have you tried it? My inlaws are visiting and we're thinking of heading down to Paddleboards Orlando to take their little intro class thingie. Any opinions? Figured I'd ask and this is as close to paddleboarding as forums can get!

    Peace out,
    Bardy
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    Jul 02, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Personally I don't get it. But I saw half a dozen of those guys out in mid-channel on the Columbia the other day. Right in "the gut" of the gorge. If the wind had come up, they would have been toast. Can they even move fast enough to get out of the way of a tug with a string of barges?
  • BardBear

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    Jul 08, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    Well, I tried it out and it wasn't all that great. THe dudes running the class were massively hot, so that was nice, but I found that it was just canoeing with a balancing act. Great for the core. Not much else.

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    Bardy
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    been there, done that, and i don't really "get it" either. did it last fall down in cabo, so had the fun of doing it on waves getting out to the calmer stuff. personally, i prefer being in some form of sit-down watercraft. there is one benefit to SUP if one is trying to simply catch waves for surfing, you are already in a standing position when you catch a wave. but i'm fine with surfing in my whitewater kayak, anyway. regardless, if one is just getting out there and getting exercise, and feeling good about being ALIVE, and HEALTHY, and experiencing the JOY of it all, that is the point. the "how" is just details....... to each his own.
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    Aug 23, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    Update. I've spent the last couple of weeks sailing up and down the river, and have observed some of these SUP yokels at closer range.

    Last Thursday, the wind was blasting the usual 20 - 25 knots, and we were wanking along at 6 knots going upstream/downwind with only the jib flying. There is enough fetch along the gut for fairly large wind-waves to form. You can surf them on a small boat but Arcturus is too big/slow to quite stay on top.

    We sighted the first group of SUPers paddling out from a beach about 12 miles from town. They were headed out into breaking waves and I was thinking "suicide." But then I realized that we were not catching up with them. They were surfing the wind waves. I didn't realize they could do that! We did eventually pass the first bunch because they stayed in shallow, sheltered water with smaller waves.

    Then we spotted one guy in a white shirt about a mile in front of us in the middle of the river. He stayed out in front for over an hour, then we passed him, but he later caught up because he could go over the sandbars that Arcturus had to go around. He surfed the wind waves for about 12 miles up river, all the way back to town.

    Sorry, no pics. Camera battery was dead, and really, most of the time we could only see them clearly through binoculars.

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    Yesterday, I was waiting to go through the locks at the dam. I had to wait for one of the tour boats before they would cycle the lock. When the boat (around here they're mostly nuevo-sternwheelers) finally showed up, there was a doofus on a SUP surfing along in its wake, being pulled down the river! I had to keep up with the tour boat and avoid running down the doofus. He only broke off when we headed up the canal toward the locks, and the boat slowed down.

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    So, I guess there is more to this SUP business than I realized. Not quite ready to go buy one though. (Edit. Reduced pic size. Sry.)
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    Feb 09, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    I tried it in the Gulf right before xmas. I thought it was a lot of fun and definitely a workout for your core and quads staying upright. I have the grace of a drunken giraffe and I only fell off once.

    We have some big lakes in NJ and I am hoping to do it more this summer. Not sure I'd buy one (they run close to $1k) because I don't know that I'd get to use it enough to make it worth it, but it is a fun vacation activity anyway.
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    Feb 10, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    Man, I was out sailing last saturday (in the brief window between freezing fog and snowpocalypse) and there were two guys out there SUPing in just board-shorts and sweaters. It was a really nice day, but not that nice. The water temp was 38°F.

    BTW: I bought an inflatable kayak for my birthday but it has been too darned cold to try it out yet. So there. I'm bona-fide to post in this forum now.
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    Feb 25, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    SUP is awesome..... Water, Sun, and active lovers get it.
    I'm triathlete, avid sailor, kayak' etc. My experience owning a pair of SUP' is:
    Beginners enjoy warmer flat water, and as your skill progress you seek more advanced water conditions.
    Just make sure you are comfortable in the open water, GoDoIt....
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    Aug 21, 2014 2:05 PM GMT
    UPDATE: Bought a used one, took a lesson (tried to focus on technique and not smoking hotness of trainer) and did a solo cruise last night without falling in! I am feeling my balance improve and hope it will translate to better core strength and control in the weight room.

    My little bro in my fraternity whom I have not seen in years informed me that he and his wife love it so we have a meet planned, and a co-worker and his fiancee also invited me out. There are a number of meetup groups and other organized events so I am hoping to get a lot of use out of it.
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    Sep 24, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    I think it's overrated. I prefer my kayaks.