SUP on Faith, in the Numbers

SUP Surf Check Doheny State Beach, CA w

When the surf is this big, understanding where waves and surf are hitting becomes a bit easier.

So many times I get up, drive down to Doheny for my first glimpse of the waves and it’s flat. I mean not just knee-high smallish, but ankle high. By all definitions “flat”.  Sometimes, I drive to the next spot on faith. Well – “educated faith” maybe. I know about some things SUP surf beginners transitioning from flat water stand up paddle often don’t…

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JP Australia Wave Slate Session

Woke up to check the surf and was disappointed to see heavy NE winds predicted early – but what do you do when the photographer is on deck? She so rarely offers, I hated to miss the chance for a few good shots. We rolled South to the beach with coffee in hand deciding to make the best of whatever we found. After all, if the wind dies for 30 min you get your wave count in alone… we all know how this works [wink].
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Understanding the Mysteries of SUP Volume

You want a performance SUP experience but let’s face it – none of us want to battle a sinking board while paddling out, no matter how great it may surf once it’s finally up to speed and riding.  During a recent conversation with an experienced SUP surfer who’s riding boards in the upper 8 foot to 9 foot range – he confided as we chatted opinions on surf SUPs in ‘volumes’ and shapes that he hasn’t really understood volume well enough to apply it when considering a new board.

For those I work with on the water – here’s my quick take on how to factor volume when considering a surf SUP.
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