Here’s a short guide for getting ready for the beach and your SUP board after a winter spent on the sofa eating pies and watching Netflix.
Shed Your Winter Jersey
There are no exact rules for body hair however a wild unkept pelt is never a good look, especially for the surfboard. So if you’re one of those guys that looks like he’s dressed even when you’re naked then we suggest you do some manscaping. Yes that’s trimming the hair all over your body. You can find a good guide for this here.
In anycase, what you’re looking for to get the job done is a good hair trimmer.
If you love pain then you can always go for the fully body wax …. Ouch!!!
A pre-beach tan makes your body look healthier and leaner, and so if you’re a white as Casper, we suggest you go for a fake-tanning session.
Choose a knowledgeable spray tanner who will manage to slim you down with some strategic shading. Alternatively you can always try a self-tanning lotion or spray. Just make sure you apply lightly so you don’t end up with a comedy movie situation.
Save Your Skin from the Sun
Save your skin and face with pre- and post-sun products. A decent Sunscreen will protect your precious outer layer. Make sure you hit all parts of your body and let it absorb in the skin well before going in the water. At least 20 minutes before.
Drop some weight
Go for a workout right before the beach session so that the adrenaline boost works at the right time. Do higher reps with less rest time between sets.
A sauna session will help you sweat out your body’s extra water retention before you hit the beach. This takes time tough and therefore you will have to have enough time for this before going to the beach.
Eat plenty of dark leafy greens and protein.
Hit the Board
Still not convinced you’re looking half way decent, well then you have two options;
Cover Yourself with a wet suit. This is necessary in winter however might be uncomfortable in the hot summer months, especially since the aim of your SUP session is to be on top of the board more than in the water!
Go far from the beach shore and away from prying eyes.
Sometimes a high quality app can improve your overall SUP experience and that’s why we’re recommending the following;
GPS Tracks features recording capabilities so you can see previous routes, waypoints and locations, speed measurements and more. You can also play back routes or export your routes and data in various reporting formats.
For navigation, the app includes a compass to guide you while paddling and also provides bearing distance to your next waypoint. When you’re out on the water, your current locations can be sent via email or text message. This is a nice safety feature for longer paddles.
At $7.99, GPS Tracks is more expensive than several of the GPS apps out there, many of which are free. The difference is in the reliability, functionality, and comprehensive features with this one.
WindAlert is the best app for current, accurate and location specific wind forecasting. It uses over 50,000 weather stations to provide real time local wind observations and global wind forecast data.
You can create and save wind profiles, receive wind alerts via text and view nautical charts. In addition to its usefulness for stand up paddleboarders, WindAlert has been tested and approved by some of the toughest critics: it’s used by hard-core windsurfers and offshore fishing charters for wind forecasting.
Upgrades start with the plus plan at $3.99/month. However, most recreational SUPers will be quite satisfied with the free plan.
This is an app designed for paddle boarders which allows you to track, analyze and share all of your paddling activities.
Clothing is as important part of your paddling experience, as it will provide you with the warmth and comfort you need to enjoy your day. Cotton should be avoided as part of your layering system as it often remains cold and wet and it takes a long time to dry out. Synthetic fabrics or wool keep you warmer when they become wet with sweat/water and certain synthetic base layers are designed to wick the sweat away from your skin to keep you drier and warmer.
During the warmer summer months paddlers often get away with wearing a bathing suit, light synthetic T shirt, sunglasses and some paddle shoes! Very often these paddlers find warmth and comfort in their spare set of dry clothes that include: a thicker synthetic long sleeve shirt and pants, nylon spray jacket and insulating hat.
When we get into those colder weather situations paddlers must dress in layers of synthetic fabric and need to be insulated from the cold water by wearing a farmer john wetsuit and paddle jacket. Dry suits are warn when the water temp drops below 50 degrees and your multiple layers of synthetic clothing keep you dry and warm when you need it.
Clothing & Footwear
Synthetic top and bottom
Bathing suit or loose fitting, quick dry pants or shorts. Wear something comfortable and avoid cotton materials (see description above).
Appropriate footwear is required for all paddleboard Fitness Classes. You must have something on your feet that covers your toes.
Change of clothes
PB&J, bagel, trail mix, granola bars.
Bottle of water (32 oz)
Small dry bag
Buying the right surfboard that will perform best for you can be an art. The aim of this post is to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision when purchasing your next surfboard.
Types of Surfboards
The standard surfboard (5ft to 7ft), with a pointed nose, the shortboard allows for maximum maneuverability. Regularly used by professionals in surfing contests.
Retro / Egg
Modern hybrid board inspired by the first (old school) shortboard creations. The boards are normally thicker, flatter and wider than a shortboard, typically with a rounded nose and tail. This gives extra floatation, awesome fun for smaller waves.
Created for small wave fun although generally not as fat (wide, thick) as the Retro / Egg surfboards. Fish surfboards still maintain the maneuverability. in the small waves. Note, any type of board can have a fish tail, but isn’t referred to as a Fish unless it has the other features of a Fish.
Big wave (paddle in) board (7ft to 12ft). Thin, long, needle-like template with single or thruster fin set up. Basically a longer version of the shortboard, which makes it easier for a surfer to gain momentum required to paddle into the big waves.
Malibu / Longboard
Aka (Mal), is the long board with a rounded nose. Back in the days, Mals were the only option for surfers before the surfboard revolution. Despite the revolution, Mals are as popular as ever. Riding a mal is a different style of surfing which is responsible for famous surfing terms such as “Hang Ten” and “walking the plank”.
For the most extreme waves which are too large to paddle into. Tow surfing is when the surfer is towed into the wave typically behind a jet ski. Unlike the Guns which are designed as longer boards to allow the surfers to paddle into the big waves, Tow boards can be as short as shortboards, with footstaps to keep the surfer attached to the board.
The dimensions of a surfboard (generally measured in inches):
Typically surfboards are measured in inches. The length is measured from the nose to the tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependant on your size (weight, height), board type and waves conditions you wish to use the board for.
The widest point of the surfboard is measured from rail to rail. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance.
Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. The thickness again has a bearing on the board’s performance. Professional surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance. The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer the boards are more stable.
The bottom curve of a surfboard. Generally the more rocker the surfboard has the more loose (maneuverable) the surfboard will be. Where the flatter rocker surfboards will be faster, although they will lack the looseness.
The tip of the surfboard, the nose can vary in shapes and size. Basically the thinner the nose the more response the board will perform, while wider noses are better for stabilization.
Used to increase the strength of a surfboard, a stringer (normally made from wood) runs down the length of a surfboards (typically in the center of the board from the tip of the nose to the tail). Boards built with Epoxy, Carbon Fibre and soft boards generally don’t have stringers.
The materials used to create surfboards have been responsible for the most recent advancements in surfboard building. No longer are surfboards mainly being produced with polyurethane foam cores and an outer shell of fiberglass cloth and polyester resins. Here are the main options:
Glassing (Fiberglass & polyester resins)
Fiberglass & polyester resin is the standard option for shaping surfboards and has been the proven material since the 50’s.
The following are the general options for glassing:
- Light – for performance, mainly used for competition surfboards;
- Medium – The standard for production surfboards, for the all round surfer;
- Heavy – Extra strength, less prone to dinging;
- Wet Rub – Matt (standard finish);
- Polish – Gloss (give the surfboards a shine);
Epoxy is a type of resin (liquid chemical) it is not foam or fiberglass. Epoxy surfboards tend to be stronger, more resilient to dinging and much lighter than standard surfboards (polyester). Epoxy is more difficult for shapers to work with and that translates to the price tag, although many surfers see it as a trade off as epoxy surfboards generally have a longer life span. Epoxy offers surfers increased drive off the bottom of the wave, this is accomplished by a slight flexing action (similar to a snowboard).
The latest surfboard technology. Carbon Fibre surfboards are completely hollow (no foam required). The high temperature fibre placement process gives the carbon fibre surfboards the highest strength to weight ratio available today, again this translates to the price tag. Similar to Epoxy board the Carbon Fibre boards will gain speed through turns thanks to the flexing of the surfboard.
Balsa wood was first used as early as the 1930s and is still being used to this present day. Generally balsa is the heaviest of the materials, but is still very popular with longboard surfboard shapers.
The different types of surfboard rails:
The outside edge of a surfboard. The rails are critical to the performance of a surfboard. As the surfer rides along the face of the wave, its the sinking and unsinking motion of the rails used to gain speed. The thinner the rails with less foam are easier to sink which means that the board will turn sharper and quicker.
The larger fuller rails hold more foam, this adds floatation.
Round / Egg
For smaller and sloppy waves.
Mid / 50-50
Generally works a for all conditions.
For cleaner, steeper waves.
For the big waves.
The different types of surfboard tails:
The end of the surfboard where the water exits form the board. The different tail types affect the stability and performance of a surfboard. Following are the most common tail types:
Round Pin Tail
The curved tail with a pinch at the end permits the surfboard to hold well in the pocket of the wave and smooth rail to rail. The Rounded Pin tail can bog down through flat sections, therefore is great for powerful, medium to larger surf.
The tail is shaped into a point. Pin tails have the minimum amount of area in the water, designed to hold the waves well at higher speeds. Excellent for large waves where speed needs to be controlled, not generated. Popular with Gun surfboards.
Great for shortboards and small waves. The square tail contains the greatest area of any tail design. The rails meet the tail at sharp corners allowing the surfer o carve the most sharpest, pivotal turns with great responsiveness.
One of the most common tail designs with shortboards. The Squash tail is similar to the Square tail but with rounded edges. The tail provides excellent performance while maintaining speed and drive.
Easy to identify with the reversed ‘v’ chopped from the tail. The gap allows water to flow freely between the two pins (pivots) which provides more drives in the weaker waves.
Half Crescent Moon Tail:
The Half Crescent Moon tail has been named due to the appearance of the tail, it has a semi-circular shape cut out of the tail. Popular with small, sloppy wave boards such as fish surfboards.
One of the more futuristic tail designs. Basically a bat tail is two outer pivot points and the addition of the central point. Bat Tails are good in small waves, but have been used for tow boards as well.
The purpose of wing tails is to reduce the width of the tail (generally for the wider boards). The reduction is a small cut away which typically occurs just in front of the front fins. The example shown above is a wing tail combined with a swallow tail.
The different types of surfboard fin configurations:
Generally heavier surfers require larger fins to hold the waves better. Although if you prefer to ride a looser (less hold in the waves), smaller fins would be a better option.
Fin configurations have an effect on the ways your surfboards perform. The following are some of the more common fin configurations.
The single fin was the original fin configuration for surfboards. Based on the idea of the sailboat keel. Single fins are added stabilization and control on the powerful, larger waves, although lack maneuverability.
Are great for small waves, being fast and maneuverable, but when put into tight spots on larger waves, they become hard to control. Popular with Fish surfboards.
Thruster / Tri-Fin
Widely recognized as the standard fin configuration, the thruster answers the shortcomings of the single fin and the twin fins configurations. The thrusters give you stabilization, control and maneuverability in all types of surfing conditions. This concept was the brainchild of Australia’s Simon Anderson.
With four fins in the water, Quads boasts an extraordinary amount of holding power in larger surf. You may think that having four fins would sacrifice speed by creating more drag, but this is not the case. The both sets of fins are working together on the rail, which makers believe they creates less drag than a board with a center fin. The maneuverability isn’t sacrificed either, with fins directly under your back foot, the quads are very responsive.
Similar setup to the Twin Fin, although smaller (low profile) fins are generally placed wider (closer to the rails) on the surfboard. Popular with Fish and Egg / Retro surfboards.
Popular with Longboards, the fin set up utilizing a single center fin is complimented with two small fins.
Twin with trailer:
Basically a Twin fin configuration with an added small center trailer fin, this adds more stability than the standard Twin fin configuration.
Generally has two larger fins at the back (middle) and two toed (set on an angle) smaller fin placed outside and further from the tail of the board. Like the Quads, Twinzer is much looser than a thruster yet maintains speed. Popular with Hybrid surfboards.
Bonzer / C5:
The 5-fin configuration is similar to the Twinzer but with the addition of a center trailing fin in the back. The two front fins are typically small and oval shaped, designed to direct the water through the larger side fins, thus allowing more drive from your board. Like the Twinzer, Bonzers are popular with the Hybrid boards.
The latest summer trend is to practice yoga on a surfboard, surrounded by the calm and the beauty of the sea …. Do you want to try?
How to do yoga on the surf board
Known as SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) yoga, yoga to do on a surfboard is challenging and requires concentration and muscular strength. It’s almost like walking on the water …
The surfboard is large enough and long to act as a “mat ” to do the exercises; it is also durable enough to withstand a person who trains on it.
Even the simplest yoga positions become complicated if done on the unstable surface of the sea: to begin, make some tests on the sand, to get started familiarizing with this sports tool.
Every yoga position in the Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga it is slowed down because it is more difficult to keep the balance.
Of course, before approaching this discipline you have to have practiced yoga before and you have to know how to swim .
The lesson begins with a stretching of heating on the beach: greetings in the sun for example.
Afterwards, they proceed to the water with the table : it is held next to it, walking in the water, beginning to warm up the muscles and then the poses rise.
It concludes with meditation and the Savasana position .
How to train for surfing with yoga
Making paddleboard yoga is tiring but is a good way to energize and transform sports practice by adding the water element, which favors more core engagement and therefore it’s good to have the necessary strength training in place. .
You certainly can not aspire to perfection because at any moment a wave can change the balance and … you find yourself in the water!
Making yoga on the surfboard is fun: the novelty when training is always positive because it stimulates the mind, and the muscles differently than usual. Mixing different lashes reduces boredom and reduces the risk of injury.
Yoga in the water is good for the body : since the board is unstable, you need to use the core to balance. All the middle body of the body must work to keep the body on the table without falling. It works very intensely, focusing on movement.
It is a sport of rare beauty because it is made in water, at sea, with the sun and the scent of water instead of being closed in a gym. Practiced outside, yoga is like the union of nature, man and universe.
L yoga on the surfboard is also relaxing , helps to calm down and improves breathing: hearing the noise of the sea helps relaxation and focus on the breath.
A unique yoga experience , combining sporting practice with the beauty of the natural environment where you are getting calm and relaxed.
SUP is short for Stand Up Paddle, that is, another form of surfing. The SUP is practiced standing up on a special table. Let’s find out more together!
What is SUP and how is it practiced
SUP is a discipline which looks new, but in fact it is quite an old sport. It was already talked about in 1700 , when explorer James Cook talked about sportsmen “booming” standing on a big table.
The modern form of Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP was born in Hawaii in the fifties. It is born by accident and at the beginning is called “Beachboy Surfing” . By the 1970s, Stand Up Paddling becomes a very popular sport.
How SUP is practiced
First off you will need a surf board, slightly larger than the ones used for surrfing. Today, unlike in the past, the boards are becoming lighter thanks to the use of carbon fiber.
It is not difficult to learn how to do SUP , especially if you already practice surfing and windsurfing.
It is also an easy sport for those who have never surfed before and want to try it our for the first time.
It’s always better to do a SUP course, if you’re a first-timer, to learn the basic techniques and start your SUP adventure on the right foot, and avoid classic self-defeating mistakes.
Why do people Love SUP
This is a fun sport; paddling on the SUP, is relaxing, fun and extremely beneficial as a form of exercise.
The whole body is used for stand up paddle boarding and this helps strengthen the various body muscles. Some of the most modern SUP boards can also be used for windsurfing.
Since the SUP table is bigger than the surf board, you can actually use it to surf the smaller waves.
In SUP surfing you need to use a paddle. This serves to improve the balance and to perform very fast maneuvers, not unlike the fin of a fish. Since you are standing on the paddle board you can also see better the oncoming waves.
Also, thanks to the use of the paddle, SUP can be practiced in most types of weathers and wind is not an essential component.
Training with SUP equates to an interval training session. In other words it involves high intensity movements alternated with slower movements.
The training peaks are achieved when you have to catch a wave and surf, as well as when exiting the wave itself.
The SUP is a complete sport and exercise session that works on both the legs and buttocks, as well as on the back, arms and abdomen . Obviously, it is necessary to avoid misplaced positions that could cause back pain.
Doing SUP, then surfing, has beneficial effects on back and sciatic pain. It is a natural movement, which forces the body to work in a coordinated and harmonious way, thereby restoring postural balance and muscles.
The SUP boards are light and durable and are available in different models depending on the degree of preparation of the athlete and the level of experience.
A SUP board is usually twice or three times the size of a regular wave surfboard which means you get more stability.
The SUP table is made of polystyrene, glass fiber and a special resin.
Combination of SUP and Yoga
A very popular practice is to use the SUP boards to practice Yoga in the middle of the ocean. To read more about this click here.
So, now you have a short introduction to Stand-up paddle boarding. There is obviously much more to it and you will learn more as you read this blog.
If you’re interested in taking up this sport than why not contact us at The DO Paddle Boarding Academy. We offer special courses for beginners of all ages, from young children to adults. Contact us by email here and we will give you a detailed explanation of our different courses and prices.