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#SUPtipTuesday Tip #32

Updated: Mar 15, 2019

It's #SUPtipTuesday!! Today's #Tip is "Don't get bogged down." Some may see this as an applicable tip for #life in general 😂 BUT, it is key when paddling in conditions. I say it today, because the wind is up, and often times when I take a friend or first timer on a #downwind run they are really winded...er...exhausted (#punsfordays... maybe today's tip is "don't get winded") Anywho. They're smoked because they are really hammering when trying to get into the bumps. I remember when I started doing downwind runs: I made the same mistake and people would say "You're trying too hard" as I shot them with my eye-darts. A solid catch and hold is applicable when losing momentum off the back of a missed bump, but when it starts to lift your tail and the nose drops, its not time to take hard powerful strokes... getting bogged down. Its time to have "springy and light" strokes, what many refer to as a "tap-tap" stroke. You can practice this stroke in flat water by doing alactic intervals lasting under 15seconds. The idea is to get chippy strokes at high speeds without building up lactic acid and fatigue. By doing so, you'll start working with mother nature instead of against her... and you will start having more efficient (and therefore more #fun) downwind runs. 😁⁣



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If you liked this TIP, be sure to explore past tips!!

1. More time in the OCEAN

2. Weighting your Rails

3. SUP-lements

4. Paddle with Faster People

5. Positive Blade Angle

6. How to Paddle Straight

7. Try a Band for engaging your lower body

8. Tape your Paddle

9. My All-Time favorite: THE LOW BRACE!

10 Beach Start Intervals

11. Never get between the board and the beach

12. Perpendicular Nose

13. Punching out - weight distribution

14. Getting back in through the surf

15. Re-Coil a stretched out leash

16. Eat the COOKIE

17. Don't Buoy Turn Alone

18. Buoy Turns (Part 1)

19. Balance lateral strength

20. Be the FEMBOT

21. T-Spine Rotation

22. Put the BLADE in the water

23. Wear sun protection

24. You can do anything

25. Long Slow Paddles

26. Long Slow Paddles, Part 2

27. PLAY (1-legged-turns)

28. Max Heart Rate

29. Pack your Paddles

30. EZ Fin Screw

31. Staggered Stance on Race SUP

32. Don't get Bogged down (the tap-tap stroke)