I’ve ridden waves in WA-OR-CA-HI on all types of craft and in all types of conditions. The one thing that never changes is that Stand Up Surfers have way more responsibility than your average surfer dude.
We as Paddle Surfers have to constantly prove our skills almost daily. Ive paddled to spots happy sun shining and boom 40 yards away I can already hear salty shortboards cursing/ yelling at me. I ve learned to make that the motivation to get better out in the waves and is basically what i tell all new combers to SUP surfing. SUP is still new to people and will continue to get unwanted hate for years to come.
The SUP community is so accepting and truly is the standard for modern day ALOHA. That being said killing um with kindness can sometimes still be physically harmful. We have all seen the new guy learning or the casual SUPer who rented a board for the weekend. He or she means no harm and has the most genuine smile and shaka as they cut you off on a good wave. To another SUPer this isnt anything crazy we laugh it off and go on our way but surfers always have to hoot/ holler and seem to have forgotten what it was like to be a newbie.
In SUP we have peer pressure as well as just the task of Standing the entire sesh while holding a paddle and navigating the crowd of prone surfers. These are all things that really add up but should never deture you from acheving SUP nirvana.
Here are my tips/ RULES for SUP BLISS.
- Haters will hate… So dont pay attention
- SUPs are generally bigger which means board control is key. Going in or out you gotta keep track of your board..dont be so quick to hit the eject button.
- Be the ALOHA you want to see in the line up…Give up waves to the surfers- surf good and you will make an impression the Duke could be proud of.
- You are not Kai Lenny so dont go right to the middle of the line up to start.. stay off to the side and pick your waves wisely. The best wave riders are the smartest.
- STAY LOW- PADDLE HARD- SHRED- SMILE ALL DAY – REPEAT!