Interesting...within the relatively new sup industry there are numerous studies from the "experts" on the proper way to paddle for efficiency, power, and more important to prevent injury. Paddle lengths have gone from a foot or more over your head (based on extended arm length) to chin level and everywhere in-between.
Bottom line do what feels comfortable to you, and make sure you have fun and don't take it to serious, everyone is different but some good info here in this article.
Don't complicate things when trying to improve the efficiency of your paddle stroke. Lots of stuff out there on the "proper" way to paddle. I really like this short and sweet vid I saw on @SUPTHEMAG by Jay Wild. Makes a lot of sense and will make you a better paddler for sure. Happy paddling friends!
Fun little DIY project that I felt compelled to do after completing the grueling 12 mile Key West, FL SUP race last weekend!
Wow, what a great turnout at this years YOGA EXPO, Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Broward County Convention Center.
Yoga has so many amazing benefits it's easy to understand why so many people take part in this healthy activity on a regular basis.
We were super stoked to be asked to take part in the expo by owner of What's SUP Paddleboarding business, Chelsey Loder. http://paddleboardingfl.com. We are honored that such a reputable and successful SUP business here in South Florida chooses to buy N2 boards for it's fleet of rental, and SUP YOGA boards!
The N2 Cardiff,"1st Gen," 10' Big Boy Gulfstream, and Original range of boards, along with the N2 Adventure Air inflatable (Pictured below) make excellent SUP YOGA boards.
Why does SUP YOGA's popularity continue to grow so rapidly?
1- It’s a fun practice but with some serious benefits. Doing yoga on a surface that is constantly in motion fires up your core muscles.
2- SUP yoga is a practice that brings a sense of joyful freedom to an otherwise earth-bound yoga practice.
3- It requires a different quality of focus, and not just when you’re doing the poses, but also when you’re transitioning between them.
4- You have no choice but to “be here now” when it comes to practicing yoga on your floating yoga mat.
5- If you like your yoga hot, practicing outdoors under the sunlight heat will create the same sweat. Plus you can cool down with an unlimited supply of water just beneath you.
Spring brings warm weather throughout the country, including South Florida. It also brings strong winds out of the North and South. Strong side-shore winds create great conditions for doing a "Downwinder" type paddle with your stand up paddleboard.
What is a downwinder you might ask? Just like it sounds...you paddle with the wind! Often times you're able to catch surf as you go if there is any swell in the water, and there is a good chance there will be due to the strong winds. A good way to enjoy this type of paddle is to use multiple board transportation vehicles involved in the days paddle. For beach downwind runs, we park one truck miles down the coast, and the other vehicle stays at the starting point. When you're done with the paddle you use that "drop" vehicle to transport yourselves and gear back to the start point.
Please remember, **ALWAYS USE A LEASH FOR SAFETY** This is especially true when enjoying a downwind paddle. Also it can't hurt to leave a "float plan" with someone close to you and your group.
This past Sunday a few "Team North 2" avid paddlers got a chance to get a downwind run in. We started at the Boynton Beach, FL inlet. We paddled with the wind south to the North 2 tower of Delray Beach. This was approximately 7miles in total distance. What a great day! The wind was strong, and a small 2' swell had developed and we were able to catch some fun little waves along the way. The water was crystal clear and we also were able to see some small Spinner and Black-tip sharks along the way.
Next time the wind is blowing hard straight down the beach grab some friends and go have a downwinder!
Ryan from North 2 Board Sports with some quick installation tips on the FCS SUP DECK GRIP for your Stand Up Paddleboard. FCS Pads are used on all North 2 Boards Made in the USA "Gulfstream" boards for 2015.
With all the strong on-shore East winds this time of year, inevitably this helps to contribute to increased numbers of stinging jellyfish off our beaches being blown in close to shore. It seems the more common “moon jellies” don’t pose much of a stinging risk, but the nasty little Portuguese man o’ war can deliver a truly painful sting. I was unlucky enough to find this out yesterday.
I was out doing my normal daily paddle off of Delray’s public beach around 5pm just after leaving the shop. The wind had backed-off a tad and I was seriously jonesing to get some water therapy in. As I began my session I couldn’t help buy notice the indigo blue mini “sails” off the man o’ war here and there. Never good when they are thick, but up to this point I have never had a bad encounter with one, although I have heard from other people who have. If the man o’ war are around you can’t miss them. Their blue sails sit about 3-4″ above the waterline, and almost look like a blown-up piece of blue bubblegum . Normally what you don’t see are the long stinging tentacles (sometimes yards long) that trail underneath the jelly.
I caught a crumbler wave with my 10′ North 2 SUP and fell off towards the end of the wave, as it crumbled sideways on it self. I came up out of the water on the side of my board and felt something on my left ear and cheek. Almost immediately I felt a slight stinging sensation. I reached up and felt the gooey tentacles still attached to my ear a bit. I dipped my head back underwater while scrapping away what was left on my face. As I exited the water and started towards the beach shower the sting started setting in, but still not bad. It really kicked in good once I began washing it off with the cool fresh water out of the beach shower. Knowing what I do now, after some research on the subject, it is best to not use cool or cold water to wash off the remnants of the jelly since the change in water temp helps set off the stinging cells in the tentacles. Also a change in PH from salt to fresh can do the same without heat.
By the time I got to my truck my ear and side of my face was kicking! Just under unbearable. I raced home and reached for the vinegar and doused my face with it…no real diminishing in pain. Of course I jumped on the computer and looked for at-home remedies, another said shaving cream…tried this and it actually helped a bit, but my saving grace was HOT, as HOT as you can stand shower water. It seems the hot water turns off, or at least helps to deactivate the stinging proteins. After hitting that hot water almost immediately the pain went way down, and after about an hour to an hour and half (and two beers and Advil later) it was over, and like nothing had ever happened.
So if you can get to a hot water source after a encounter with one of these little suckers, try and get to it quick! So HOT water, beer, and Advil…in that order! See you on the water!