SUP on Faith, in the Numbers

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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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Guide to Stand Up Paddle Fins: Foils

So let’s continue to Part Two with a definition (part One of this article is here):

A foil is a solid object that has a specific shape designed to produce force when passed through a gas or liquid. For instance, when air or water move past it (or it moves through air or water as in surfing) force is produced as “lift” and “drag” (or thrust).  Ask most people about foils and they will mention an airplane wing and the lift produced by the shape of the wing that allows flight when you thrust the wings through the air with a jet engine. When talking surf fins, the ‘foils’ attached as fins on the bottom of a surfboard are given a specific angle of attack relative to the stringer (center line of the board).

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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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