Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Paddle recommendation

Starboard Enduro adjustable

Tiki Tech Blade S 237g 20.5cm wide Area: 475cm2
Hybrid Carbon shaft adjustable 154cm to 213cm
3.5 stiffness. Uni-directional pre-impregnated hybrid carbon.

Recommendation to paddle manufacturers:
All adjustable paddles should allow an adult to comfortably paddle in a kneeling position.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sumo & Anonym Goliath

That shorebreak at the start and end of this video is a massive challenge.

There is a rich vein of videos from anonymsup stand up paddle (the french inflatable sup company from hossegor).

Giant inflatable SUP invades Maui (Dave Kalama)

@davekalama and friends taking over Maui on the new "Invader" big SUP - @supjacko @whoisjob you've got some competition... @imaginesurf @myersfilm

Posted by SUP Racer on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cheap Kneel-up paddles

- so that you can try it

Your SUP paddle will not do for kneeling up unless it is a retractable one and fully retracted.

The problem is your upper hand is not doing its job. Holding a tube is very different to holding a handle that tells you which way the blade is facing. The handle also allows you more force in thrusting the paddle into the water.

The correct length for the paddle is approximately 1 to 1.5 meters (3 to 5 ft).

Shop around in your marine shop for items like these two for under AUS$30:

Alloy 4' Curved Blade T Paddle

.. aluminium shaft, polypropylene handle and blade. Overall length 1.20m (4')

You can fine tune the length by cutting bits of the plastic off the end of the blade.

The length you need will allow the blade to be clear of the water (with your hand holding the handle) when you reach out to put the blade in the water at the start of the stroke.

OR if you want something more hipster:

High Grade Timber Paddle

.. all varnished timber paddle with comfortable hand grip and strong blade.

This length is good if your board sinks a bit when it is not yet moving forward. The handle is flat enough so that you know which way the blade is facing.


What you don't want is a paddle with a round knobby handle that does not give you that idea of which way the blade is facing.


If you want to spend more than that search for "dragon boat paddles" and look at the cool-looking range available.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Paddles - here is an idea

Check this out, let us know whether this works for you.

Hold Up Paddle : La pagaie Révolutionnaire (full video)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

These guys are kneeling to paddle

..and having fun.

The craft is aptly named the SUPSquatch (SUPZilla's smaller cousin).

See the C4 Waterman website:

Like that?
Here is another one:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Liard Hamilton falls off SUP

So this happened to justify not standing up to paddle:
what began as a simple star-spotting exercise quickly became a bit of a bagging match when Hamilton misjudged a knee-whacker of a wave and fell off his SUP.

Before I comment I should note that my search of the Daily Mail UK website failed to find this story. So when the article says "The worlds news outlets were first in a flurry.." Flurry, what flurry! A Google News search also failed to find any reference.

As I said in a previous post; the more I look at the MHL directional spectra the more I appreciate that the East Coast of Australia does not get the same swell as Hawaii & California. Now Laird Hamilton has demonstrated exactly that.

FWIIW the MHL directional spectra shows the quality of the waves in Sydney and the NSW coast.
See this site for the current graphics:

So many in the 1770s on their knees

So many in the 1770s on their knees A view of Karakokooa in Owyhee by John Webber