SUP Surfing Beginner Skills

Overview

Use a special SUP Surf board to catch and ride small breaking waves up to 1½ ft.  


Locations and Conditions 

Beginner SUP surfing locations are defined as: 

  • Non pitching (shallow plunging) waves up to 1 ½ ft (½ metre)
  • Sandy beach with even gradient and channel
  • Free from strong rips, hazards, dumping shore break
  • Wind speed less than 12 knots, offshore winds up to 10 knots

Pre-requisites

Before paddling at this level, you should:

  • be able to swim 200 metres (656 ft), without stopping.
  • have exposed waters paddling skills.

Equipment 

SUP surf stand up paddle board
Paddle
Long leash


Skills and Knowledge

To paddle correctly and safely at this level, requires the following skills and knowledge:  

Environment & Safety

  • Understand the surf environment
  • Identify SUP surf hazards
  • Choose a safe SUP location
  • Demonstrate correct wipe-out and mount/dismount
  • Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette

Equipment & Clothing

  • Choose suitable SUP surfing board and accessories
  • Choose suitable clothing for SUP surfing

Paddle Skills

  • Identify safe places to enter and exit the surf
  • ‚ÄčNegotiate breaking waves
  • Correct paddling technique and stance
  • How to catch waves
  • How to ride waves

SUP surfing manouevres:

  • Trim (backhand & forehand)