I was delighted to be part of the first group to join the Water Skills Academy (WSA) SUP Expedition Guide Training Course which was the first course of its kind! The course has been designed to give people the skills and confidence to lead commercial and personal expeditions on a paddle board on big open water in remote and wilderness environments as part of multi-day journeys.
Recently there has been a lot of talk about how the race scene is dwindling. The sport grew way too fast, way too quick. No sport can sustain this kind of growth for very long. But, the sport isn’t necessarily dwindling. It just isn’t growing as fast as it did in the previous years. So, what are the obstacles of getting to and competing in a big race like the Pacific Paddle Games (PPG), Carolina Cup or the George Paddle Challenge?
Climate change is a hot topic that’s for sure, but the reality is that most people feel pretty powerless when it comes to making a difference, and so find themselves hoping & wishing that governments will somehow fix the problem. SUPkids and Project Blue founder Linzi Hawkin discusses some ideas on how to make a change.
There’s been talk for a while about new trade shows coming to the stand up paddle market but in late 2016 those rumors were no more when a new Paddle Expo trade show for paddle sports was announced. And now there are talks swirling that the existing demo day at the Carolina Cup is expanding into a regional trade show.
2016 flew by in the blink of an eye and we’re just days away from ringing in a new year. One great thing about the year coming to a close is getting to have a look back at the year and remember all that happened. Here, we’d like to have a look back at some amazing photos submitted to us throughout the year by our audience.
It’s true that today’s broad surfing community holds a varied and often questionable understanding of surfing etiquette. Add a few individuals with entitlement issues, a couple more with a lack of common courtesy and respect and we have a recipe for a potential bummer of a surf session. Here’s a few thoughts on how to stay stoked through the lineup.
There’s a huge debate going on in the SUP world about whether or not paddlers should wear a leash and/or a PFD. One or the other? Both? The video here showcases the perfect example of why paddle boarders must always wear a leash, especially during a downwinder. The video shows just how fast your board can get away from you and leave you stranded out in the middle of the ocean with nothing to keep you afloat.
Between wind, weather, chop, swell, no babysitter, working too many hours and missing daylight, and a plethora of other reasons, sometimes the day just doesn’t allow for getting on the water. So, while we can accept the fact that indoor SUP training definitely is not as stress-relieving and euphoric as actually being on the water, it does have quite a few benefits. And when done appropriately, can be affordable AND highly effective.
The Vail Whitewater Race Series is a Tuesday night race series put on by Alpine Quest Sports. Every week the top competitors receive points for how well they finish. At the end of the series the competitors with the most points will win the race series. Driving up to the event I wasn't sure what to expect. Read more…
Supconnect Contributor and media boat driver for the Carolina Cup, Haywood Newkirk, gives his take on the 2016 event and how it all went down. Get the inside scoop from Wrightsville Beach local HERE.
Sadly, in today’s rushed society, you can’t go anywhere and not see a cell phone or tablet in a child’s hand…and it’s not just kids; adults are guilty of this as well. Truth of the matter is—most kids would rather stay indoors and interact on social media than go outside. Enter stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and we may have a solution!
When I first picked up a paddle and stood on a board in 2010 I felt scared, shaky and out of my element. But after an hour on the water I returned my board feeling confident; if I could go from falling every five seconds to walking on water in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico than I could do anything! I knew immediately I wanted to get more women on the water. I wanted to empower other women through stand up paddling and SUP fitness classes.