My life and, consequentially, my social media feed is filled with the joys of stand up paddle boarding. I have worked at several paddle shops, spent a few months building boards in a factory, and have raced and played on many boards.
People message me all the time asking for advice on buying a paddle board, and because boards are pricey, it's important that you understand what you're buying.
I broke the research process down into several questions that you need to ask yourself so that you know what type of board you should buy as well as what shape would work best for you.
The answers you seek will come after reading my SUP Buying Series! Here are the links:
I love coaching. I've been a coach since I was 15 years old, and have since studied pedagogy within movement science, kinesiology, leadership courses, and exercise science courses that have added to my teaching repertoire. It's always fun to help people grow in a sport and develop a passion for being outside and being active. I have been an instructor at Rocky Mountain Paddleboard for two years now, and it's probably one of the best jobs I've had. With this job, I teach kid's camps as well as private lessons for people that want to get into SUP racing or whitewater.
I've developed a curriculum for myself that I use to progress my students. Whether my students are 8 years old or 50 years old, I use my "Three Challenges" on day one and I see immediate results. By the end of my two-hour lessons, a lot of my students can execute a pivot turn and the athletic ones can perform a buoy turn, which are some of the more "flashy" moves you can do on a paddleboard. Here's how I do it:
"The slab itself was not very technical, however, because the rock was sandstone and it had rained the day before, there was a thin layer of loose sand on the top of the rock. If we slipped at the crux, then it was very likely that we would slide and go over the edge of a 150+ foot cliff. So it's pretty clear what you have to do - don't slip."