Choose a Good SUP Surf Spot
Assuming you have an average sized stand up paddle board, you’re gonna want to start out on some pretty small waves. Anything between two and four feet should work well. The last thing you want to do is go out in six footers and get rocked… which also might decrease your interest in the sport a bit too. So don’t go overzealous when choosing the SUP Rental Kauai board surf spot. You want to start on waves that are less than waist high.
Get To Know the Rip Current
Even though you’re starting out on small waves, you want to get into the practice of using the rip current to your benefit. It is almost easier to spot the rip current on a stand up paddle board, simply because you have a better view of the waves. You will notice that they tend to crash more in some spots. In between the break points, the water is actually flowing slowly out away from shore. Stay in these areas when paddling out… it may not seem like it helps, but when you get into big waves you will be amazed at how much easier it is to get out beyond the surf when riding one of these. This is probably the number one mistake that is made by new surfers and SUP Rental Kauai: they will exert all of their energy paddling out through the waves, only to find they are exhausted when it comes time to ride a wave.
After locating the rip current, you’re gonna want to paddle out right down the middle of it. You will find that the waves aren’t quite as steep in this area. One major issue that people with paddling out over waves is the lack of longitudinal stability. Your feet are side by side as if your riding on calm waters, but your balance will not be able to handle going up and over the waves. Use your paddle as much as you need to, and don’t be afraid to drop to your knees if need be. Some people find it easier to put their dominate foot a little bit back, just to get a little front to back stability on their stand up paddle surfer. One thing to keep in mind, no matter how out of balance you feel, keep your board straight on the waves. The second you go sideways, your most likely going for a swim.
Catch the Wave
Once you’re out beyond the waves, paddle away from the rip current, towards the breaks. It will still be wavy beyond the breaks, but the waves are much less steep. Stand up paddle surfers have the unique advantage of being able to see much lower into the trough, and they can also spot waves much easier. So at this point, your just gonna want to cruise around and wait for the right wave to come. This is a good time to greet all of the sharks that are circling below your feet;)
Once you see the wave, position yourself so you’re looking at the wave behind your left shoulder. You want to start paddling to the left or right side of the break point when the wave is about fifty feet behind you. It’s important to be aware of where the wave is going to break. Look over your shoulder and postition yourself so you are right on the edge of the break point. When the wave is right on your tail, paddle your heart out and try to match its velocity. Depending on the paddle surf board that you’re riding, you will want to start off at an angle to the wave. In some cases, when the wave begins to catch the tail of your board, it can push the nose of your board underwater.
Ride It Home
Some stand up paddle surf boards are not easy to turn, especially when you’re riding a wave. If you are having trouble steering your SUP Rental Kauai on the wave, try laying the paddle in the water for a bit more resistance. You’ll be surprised at how little resistance it takes to get you pointed in a different direction.
Now you’re up and riding! Just remember to stay over the board and the wave as long as you would like. Enjoy, and keep paddling!