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

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Kneeling training

Getting old is compulsory - getting frail is optional

Many people say they cannot kneel at all let alone on a surfboard.

This can be fixed.

What you need to be able to do is a kneeling tibialis interior stretch. This is covered in the 12th minute of the video.

This video from Unity Gym tells you how to work up to this.

Do all the foot and ankle exercises. Before you go surfing, you may have to build up with these exercises over weeks or months, but it is worth it.

Foot And Ankle Strengthening

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Seven years

This blog started seven years ago.

In that time I have never seen or heard from anyone who surfs like this..

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Some foil success

Today I caught two waves where I took off kneeling up; got to my feet before the board went up on the foil and rode the wave mostly on the foil.

The difference was that I was surfing with a bloke riding a SUP (5'9" 90 something litres).
A case of money see monkey do.

Also, I had even higher spacers under the rear of the mast base.
I am still struggling with the amount of rocker on that board.

When I paddle onto a wave I have the nose of the board very close to the water (force of habit).
I know at this angle that the foil is diving, not flying. I am going to either paddle on further back or tilt the foil base even more.

Watching this SMIK flat-bottom board today brought this home to me.

Cross posted to:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Question from chrisb

Please explain why it is beneficial to kneel instead of standing when paddling.

Fair question:

Here is the list as I see it.
  • You can surf on a smaller board;
  • You can go out in choppier water; and
  • You can paddle stronger.

Monday, April 2, 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
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.

An adjustable paddle is great for paddlers looking for different paddle length or sharing the paddle with friends and family.

This one has a wide Tiki clamp for a quick and effortless release. The clamp also helps control the alignment without twisting.

It has extended reinforcement on the blade neck for greater overall strength. Despite which I have broken one and am onto my second. I started with a small - 237g 20.5cm wide Area: 475cm2 and now use a medium, cannot find the specs for this size.

Here is everything you need to know about choosing a paddle.

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