Kneeling (up or down?)

You've managed to discard the only positive features of standup paddleboards and surf skis and come up with a new activity that distills the very worst of both sports. forum post:
by alakaboo » Tue May 05, 2015

Monday, April 2, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

125 litre Pendleboard

This inflatable SUP has a rigid tail.

The sailboard rig connection is an option - that I am interested in.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Paddle recommendation

Starboard Enduro adjustable

Tiki Tech Blade S 237g 20.5cm wide Area: 475cm2
Hybrid Carbon shaft adjustable 154cm to 213cm
3.5 stiffness. Uni-directional pre-impregnated hybrid carbon.

Recommendation to paddle manufacturers:
All adjustable paddles should allow an adult to comfortably paddle in a kneeling position.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sumo & Anonym Goliath

That shorebreak at the start and end of this video is a massive challenge.

There is a rich vein of videos from anonymsup stand up paddle (the french inflatable sup company from hossegor).

Giant inflatable SUP invades Maui (Dave Kalama)

@davekalama and friends taking over Maui on the new "Invader" big SUP - @supjacko @whoisjob you've got some competition... @imaginesurf @myersfilm

Posted by SUP Racer on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cheap Kneel-up paddles

- so that you can try it

Your SUP paddle will not do for kneeling up unless it is a retractable one and fully retracted. The problem is your upper hand is not doing its job. Holding a tube is very different to holding a handle that tells you which way the blade is facing. The handle also allows you more force in thrusting the paddle into the water. The correct length for the paddle is approximately 1 to 1.5 meters (3 to 5 ft).
Shop around in your marine shop for items like these two for under AUS$30:

Alloy 4' Curved Blade T Paddle

.. aluminium shaft, polypropylene handle and blade. Overall length 1.20m (4')

You can fine tune the length by cutting bits of the plastic off the end of the blade.

The length you need will allow the blade to be clear of the water (with your hand holding the handle) when you reach out to put the blade in the water at the start of the stroke.
OR if you want something more hipster:

High Grade Timber Paddle

.. all varnished timber paddle with comfortable hand grip and strong blade.
This length is good if your board sinks a bit when it is not yet moving forward. The handle is flat enough so that you know which way the blade is facing.  What you don't want is a paddle with a round knobby handle that does not give you that idea of which way the blade is facing. If you want to spend more than that search for "dragon boat paddles" and look at the cool-looking range available.

So many in the 1770s on their knees

So many in the 1770s on their knees A view of Karakokooa in Owyhee by John Webber