Youtube and social media is full of SUP experts telling you how to paddle – and pretty much invariably they are saying paddle like they do. Which is fine if you are the same height, weight, shape, strength and suppleness as them, and want to paddle the equipment and speeds that they do. But otherwise it’s quite probably not inappropriate to what’s best for your own paddling.
The fact is that there is NO ONE RIGHT WAY to paddle! There are all sorts of different strokes that can be utilised, and finding the right one for your physique and goals is what we do best. We start with no preconceptions, we’ll never tell you what is right for you, we will help you find it for yourself. This is a fundamentally different approach to SUP coaching than that employed by pretty much everyone else in the coaching game. But we’re not preachers, we’re teachers. We’ve been doing it a long time, and we’re constantly working in improving our coaching skills and methodology. Every time we coach someone new, we learn from it, and we adapt and evolve. SUP coaching is actually extraordinarily complex, simply because there are so many ways to do it.
We’re also pretty good at helping people adapt their stroke to deal with pain and discomfort.
The great thing about modern technology is that coaching can now be done from afar. If you can send us video footage, we can coach you, wherever you may be on the planet. Video coaching is a fundamental tool in our coaching – it’s the ONLY way to understand and improve.
So, whether you’re aiming to be the next world champion or you simply want to paddle pain free, get in touch, we’ll be happy to help!
The video below shows some coaching work with a competent paddler who wanted to refine their stroke further. It’s just a small segment of a full coaching programme, there were plenty of other work-ons too, but it gives an idea as to the sort of insight and analysis you can gain from working with experienced coaches.