wannabesurfer2003 wrote:Had my first pop at SUP on the waves last Sunday, I gotta say it was a challenge!! People on the beach must've thought I was wasted or just on day release.............
Long story short I struggled to even stay on the board for the first half hour, having finally paddled out past the breaking waves (on my Knee's) I managed to stay on long enough to get a little slide action and promptly fell off again and again. Felt really awkward on the board, really corky and twitchy, was way harder than I expected having had a few days practise all be it on flatwater.
After just over 2 hours I was paddling around and even caught a couple of waves (ripples really) but I know it is gonna take a good few sessions to get comfy, a decent but do-able challenge I reckon..............
waxer00 wrote:^^^you don`t have to ride an sup exclusively.
yes i partially agree with kayu.its galling for surfers to see suppers who have mastered everything but surf ettiquette and surf awareness,take over breaks.
it happened to me the other week. i was the only one out at my local break and it was barely 1` to 2` which prompted me to use my sup.an hour into the session another sup guy paddles out (it seems in a real rush to catch everything) and its only the two of us.i don`t know him from adam and he looks really proficient at paddling and turning to get waves.until he actually caught one ,and then it went pairshaped. he caught loads of waves but struggled to `surf `on any of them.
this situation is the one that most surfers have experienced at other breaks but with the added pressure that more people in the lineup will bring.
the bottom line is ;if you are on an sup you just have to be more gentlemanly in the lineup and wait your turn and miss a few sets just to nullify any paddling advantage gained by their usage. or do as i do and catch the little inside waves that pass under the pack,so impinging less on other peoples wave counts.
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