Super Surf Camp Stand Up Paddle Classes
Newport Beach Back Bay 2015 - Only $195
Stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is a great way to enjoy the aquatic opportunities in Orange County. SUP is one of the fastest growing recreational watersports because anyone can do it and it is FUN! Stand up paddling is a unique way for anyone to experience the joys of the different waters we are blessed with here in Orange County.
We offer private lessons and weekly camps Monday to Friday 2 1/2 Hour Tours in the more protected Newport Beach Back Bay.
New Stand Up Paddlers Will Learn the Basics:
• Water and ocean safety
• Equipment introduction
• Balance techniques
• Surf etiquette
• Pickup and carry stand up board
• Basic paddle stroke
• Basic paddle turn
• Paddle on knees
• How to stand up
• Foot placement
• Parallel stance
• Paddle standing up
• Proper paddle stroke
• Control board direction
• Using paddle to keep stable
• Using paddle to keep from falling
• Step back on tail, lift nose
• Sweeping strokes on one side
• Front side turning
• Back side turning
Private SUP Stand Up Paddle Lessons
We offer hourly privates lessons for kids, adults of all abilities. Private lessons are one on one and are recommended for first timers. We will meet you at the Back Bay and provide all the equipment needed to get you out and stand up paddling. Cost is per person per hour.
Price - $60
Group SUP Stand Up Paddle Lessons
We offer hourly group lessons for kids, adults, and families of all abilities. We will meet you at the bay and provide all the equipment needed. Cost is per group (four participants) per hour.
Price - $150
• Sponsor Goodies
SUP additional Info and Tips:
Carrying Your Board to the Water
If your stand up paddleboard has been designed with a built-in handle, carrying it is a breeze. Just lean the board on its rail (edge), reach for the handle and tuck the board under one arm. Carry your paddle with the other hand.
For longer distances, or if your board has no handle, you can more easily carry your paddleboard on your head. Here's how:
- Stand the board on its tail (end) with the deck (top of the board) facing you.
- Lay your paddle on the ground within easy reach.
- Grasp the rails (the edges of the board) with both hands.
- Walk yourself under the board so that your head is about midway between the nose (front) and the tail.
- Stand upright with the board overhead, still holding it by its rails.
- Now bend down and pick up your paddle and carry it alongside the board.
- Head for the water.
SUP on Calm Water
When you're learning the sport, it's best to start out in ideal conditions: flat, calm water that's free of obstacles like boats and buoys.
Mounting the Paddleboard
When you're a beginner, it's easier to kneel on the board rather than to stand directly upright. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Standing alongside the board, place your paddle across the deck of the board and use it as an outrigger. The paddle grip is on the rail (edge) of the board; the blade rests on the water.
- Hold the board by the rails. One hand will also be holding the paddle grip.
- Pop yourself onto the board into a kneeling position, just behind the center point of the board.
- From that kneeling position, get a feel for the balance point of the board. The nose shouldn't pop up out of the water and the tail shouldn't dig in.
- Keep your hands on either side of the board to stabilize it.
Once you're ready, stand up on the board one foot at a time. Place your feet where your knees were. You might also bring a friend to wade out about knee-deep with your board. Have your friend stabilize the board as you get the hang of standing on it.
Techniques: On the Water
A few tips to help you keep your balance as you stand upright on the paddleboard:
- Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the rails (board edges). Don't stand on the rails.
- Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight.
- Balance with your hips—not your head.
- Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
- Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid the temptation to stare at your feet.
- It's much like bicycling: When your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.
Once you've practiced balancing on the board in flat water, it's time to take off on a paddleboarding excursion—where the real fun begins. Here are some pointers for getting started with the basic paddleboarding stroke.
- If you're paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top (left) hand is on the top of the grip.
- The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you.
- Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. You have more strength in those abdominal muscles than in your arms.
- Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand.
- Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.
- When you're beginning, keep your strokes fairly short and close alongside the board. No need to overpower it.
- A small draw stroke at the beginning of the paddle stroke will keep you going forward.
- To go in a reasonably straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other.
- When you switch sides, you'll reverse hand positions.
- Sidestroke: One easy method to is simply to paddle on one side until the nose turns in the direction you want to go. Want to turn right? Paddle on the left. Headed to the left? Paddle on the right.
- Back Stroke: Another fast way to turn or reverse direction is to simply drag the paddle or paddle backwards on either side of the board.
- Sea ("c") stroke: Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke towards the tail. This is sometimes called a sweep stroke.
- Stepping back on the board or looking over your shoulder to the direction of your turn also helps in making a turn.
- Another turn that works well, especially in surf, is to paddle on your dominant side (left foot forward, paddle on your right side). Really bend your knees and put more weight on your back foot. This allows the board to pivot and turn quickly.
When You Fall
Stand up paddleboarding is relatively easy to learn, but expect to take the occasional fall as you're gaining skills. For those inevitable times you lose your balance:
- Aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause an injury.
- If you get separated from your paddle and your board, get your board first, then paddle it to retrieve the paddle.
Common Beginner's Mistakes in SUP
These mistakes are easy to make when you're starting out. Try to avoid them and you'll have a lot more fun on the water:
- A hunched posture. Keep your back straight, shoulders level.
- Staring at your feet instead of the horizon.
- The elbow (bent angle) of the paddle facing in the wrong direction. It should point away from you.
- Having both hands on the paddle shaft. Your top hand belongs at the very top of the paddle, on the grip.
- Standing straight-kneed. It's much easier to balance with bent knees.
SUP: Next Steps
Once you've mastered the basics, there's almost no limit to the watery worlds you can explore on your stand up paddleboard. Play in the waves and ocean surf, carve turns or learn new strokes. You might find yourself wanting a narrower, more maneuverable board as you become more adept.
Meanwhile, get out there, enjoy the view and have a great time on your SUP!
Q: Do I need waves in order to paddleboard?
A: Even though paddleboards look like oversized surfboards, you don't need waves in order to enjoy this self-propelled sport. In fact, flat water is preferred for building your paddleboard skills.
Q: What size paddleboard is best for me?
A: The choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions
Q: Why does the paddle have an angle?
A: The elbow in a paddle provides a more powerful, effective stroke. When you're paddling, the elbow causes the paddle blade to align straight up and down as it comes alongside the paddleboard.
Q: What should I wear to SUP?
A: Wear clothing that lets you move and that can get wet: shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit work well in warm climates. In cold weather when hypothermia is a danger, consider a wetsuit or drysuit. Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
Q: Do I need to wax the top of the paddleboard?
A: Most paddleboards sold have a traction pad attached to the top of the board. These provide reliable grip and should not be waxed. If you choose a paddleboard that doesn't have such a pad or soft-top, you'll need to use a base wax and a grip wax (such as Sticky Bumps) to provide traction.
Q: How do I transport the board on my car?
A: You can transport your paddleboard on the roof rack of a car. It's best to use a bar pad on the rack in order to protect the board. Be sure to stack the board on the roof with the fin up, towards the front. Use surf-specific straps that won't crush the foam on the board when you strap it down.
Q: Can the fins on a paddleboard be removed?
A: The fins on underside of the board help with navigating through the water. They can be removed for travel and storage, but you won't want to paddle without them.
Q: Where is the best place to stand on a paddleboard?
A: Stand just behind the center point of the board. The nose (front) of the board shouldn't pop out of the water, and the tail shouldn't dig in.
Q: Can I take a paddleboard in rivers and lakes?
A: Yes, you can paddleboard almost any navigable body of water.
Q: Why not just use a kayak?
A: Kayaking is great fun, but the beauty of SUP is that standing up allows you to enjoy much better views, both to the horizon and down into the water. It's a simpler sport to pursue than kayaking, with less equipment required. It also offers a fantastic core workout.
Q: Can you surf with a paddleboard?
A: Yes, but learn to surf in an empty break before you enter the lineup. When you get good, remember to share the waves!
2015 SUP Dates
Morning session 9am to 11:30am