Fundamentals

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One of the great things about stand up paddling is that pretty much anyone, within a few minutes, can be standing up on a board and “make it go”. And for many, that first experience is enough – at least for a while...
Neil Gilson

From new stand up paddlers to those with some, or even a lot of experience, our Core SUP programs at Bearfoot Performance Paddling have something for every level.

A solid set of core stand up paddling skills is the foundation for all of your paddling adventures. Foot-work, draws, sweeps and pivot turns, bracing, paddling in wind and waves and an efficient and effective forward stroke. Don’t skip your fundamentals – if you want to get better at any type of stand up paddling, start here!

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One of the great things about stand up paddling is that pretty much anyone, within a few minutes, can be standing up on a board and “make it go”. And for many, that first experience is enough – at least for a while. But while Stand Up Paddling is perhaps the most accessible paddle sport of them all, it is also perhaps the most diverse and most exciting! A single board can take you from puttering around on your local waterway to paddling in some of the most scenic and challenging spots in the world! It is no wonder that SUP has taken the paddling world by storm!
So… where do you want to go from here?
Stand up paddlers are venturing everywhere. Some use SUP as a way to simply get outside, stay fit or cross train. Stand up paddle touring is taking people to some of the most scenic spots on earth from local day trips to remote multi-night adventures on rivers, lakes and coastal waterways. Whitewater SUP and and river SUP surfing have brought some of the traditional surf stoke and excitement to inland waters! And there’s more!

A widespread and exciting stand up paddle race scene on both coastal and inland waters offers competitive and community appeal to a wide variety of paddlers from SUP groms, to weekend warriors to world class athletes! Downwind paddling is a thrilling way to combine paddling and surfing skills together on open ocean and lake runs! And of course SUP surfing on coastal waters all over the world is a great way to learn to surf, challenge and improve your surf skills, and have fun surfing breaks and conditions that don’t’ work for traditional surfing.
No matter where you want to go, a strong set of core SUP skills is the foundation for all of your paddling adventures. Core stand up paddle skills include foot-work and ability to move around on your board; draw, sweep and pivot turns; bracing, paddling in wind and waves and, most fundamentally, an efficient and effective forward stroke. Often these are referred to as “flatwater” or “basic” or “beginner” skills. But there is nothing “basic” about these core skills – these are the foundation to becoming a good paddler and ALL great paddlers constantly practice and hone their core skills to perfection.
And now we come full circle. Although it is a great way to get started, you don’t establish your core SUP skills by taking a short intro session. Most introductory stand up paddle lessons give you just enough information and time to get you going to try things out and to paddle on enclosed and sheltered waters. And that’s great! But if you want to move on to other types of stand up paddling, and other types of waters and conditions, you need to put in the time to develop the fundamental skills, knowledge and experience that are the core of all stand up paddling disciplines. Don’t skip your fundamentals – if you want to get better at any type of stand up paddling start here!
"From new stand up paddlers to those with some, or even a lot of experience, our Core SUP programs at Bearfoot Performance Paddling have something for every level."

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