Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Here's a good idea - kneelupps.info

Why don't I explain how I have been surfing these last three or four months, since mid 2012?

KUPS - Kneel-up paddle surfing

Any SUP I can stand up on is too big to surf. So with the Naish paddle I use I don't have to. It is a Makani 8.0 Vario
naishsurfing.com/makani-series

Kneel-up and use the paddle in the short position, catch the wave then stand up.

Upsides:
  • With the usual shot period swell we get in Sydney SUPs get jostled by the chop,
  • Stronger stroke at the take-off,
  • Quickly adapt to different boards,
  • Easier to get up than from lying-down paddling
  • All the benefits of surfing a long-board.

Downsides:
  • Hard to keep your knees on the board as wide and your feet would be;
  • Have to get up from kneeling at take-off;
  • Some SUP people will say it's the lamest thing they have ever seen.
Boards I am riding:
Star Board 8'5"a bit like this 2012 model, but much older. star-board-sup.com/2012/product/?q=pocket-rocket-8-5-30

and

Bonga Board 9'6"

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So many in the 1770s on their knees

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