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Ook leren suppen?
18 mei 2017|SUP race

Ook leren suppen?

Jaaaa, de zomer lijkt nu langzaam door te breken. Het is tijd om het water op te gaan. Ook zin om een keertje te proberen? Bij SUPDAY kan je een 1-op-1 of ‘small group’ sessie doen om de basisbeginselen geleerd te krijgen. Kan je al SUPPEN en wil je les krijgen om je techniek te verbeteren? Ook dan ben je aan het goede adres. Vraag naar de mogelijkheden en vrije data voor een afspraak.

Tot snel, op het water.

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Next step in analysing SUP technics: think with your feet! | sup
12 april 2017|SUP racetraining

Next step in analysing SUP technics: think with your feet! | sup

Next step in analysing SUP technics: think with your feet! | sup

This article was published in Swedish on the personal blog of Pontus Ny, a Swedish SUP friend of mine. Because I was very impressed (like always) about his findings on this subject I translated it in English to share with a bigger audience. Enjoy Reading!

All the power you generate with you paddle stroke has to go through your body and finally out to the board. The only way energy can be transferred to the board is through the feet. In other words a few measly square centimeters of area is the only link between you (the engine) and the vessel. On top of this, the feet act as receptors for everything that happens to the board in the water. In other words both paddling force and information about the movement of the board pass through the feet. Force out and micro signals in. No other paddling sport has an equally foot-focused contact area with its vessel as SUP. 2017 will be our year of the feet at SUP EVOLUTION. Our training on gripping the paddle and other biomechanical areas will of course continue as well, but we think now is the time to focus on the body parts that we stand on.

Stand Up Paddlers adjust their position on the board constantly based on the surrounding conditions. Sometimes in order to trim and optimise the waterline, increase the side pressure of the board in a crosswind, surf-stance, or just a simple adjustment of the feet in order to relieve a monotones working posture.

Hydro dynamically the board is optimized to lie flat in the water, not role or heel towards the left or right. (Now we are not talking about angling the board in order to counteract drift in a crosswind or to slightly change your course or to SUP-surf). The more balanced and flat the board is positioned during the entire paddle stroke or during a complete paddling sequence while right/left paddling, the less resistance will be created in the water. Every wiggle, or rock to the side will direct energy towards that particular side. At the same time your rhythm, technique, and paddling experience is effected. A faulty positioning of the feet can also effect the allover posture and this way create imbalance and put lopsided strain on the body.


“Weak, but still a noticeable and negative weight offset to the left foot (orange line). The board takes on a slight heeling and the pressure on the side increases.”

Generally I believe that we that have a surfing or other boarding background have very “sensitive “ feet with a good sense of what is happening beneath them. However this does not prohibit us from further increasing our awareness of the feet’s positioning or questioning our personal and habitual style. Stand up paddling in its modern form is a young sport and develops and changes continuously. Our feet have on the other hand been the same for many thousands of years

“We started using the box during the second half of the 2016 season. Here you can see a paddler with a clearly pronounced “outward positioning” of the feet, but with neutral weight distribution. The arch is high.”

Simplified there are a several feet-factors which greatly effect Stand Up Paddling:

the position of the feet on the board (the placement of the feet lengthwise + the placement of the feet out towards the side)

the direction of the feet (pointing outwards, pointing inwards,  pronation, supination or neutral)

• How your feet react under pressure or the transmission of force during your stroke (lift, twisting, cramping, pronation, supination etc).

(Pronation= the foot leans inward. Supination= the foot leans outward and the weight is distributed towards the outer edge of the foot)

Just the last two points can be very useful to study a little extra for many stand up paddlers. When we created W.T.A.B. (Weight Transfer Awareness Box) it was specifically to create awareness for what happens to the feet while paddling. The best way to do this is to look at the feet from below. The sole of the feet is a soft pad that clearly tells us about how weight is distributed across the bottom of the feet. During a simulated paddle stroke one can follow the offset of weight distribution under the foot and analyse it and adjust it. It is specifically important to be able to see the offset of the weight distribution during the different fazes of the paddle stroke. (In the future we might develop an electronic version, in the form of a rubber mat with wireless transmission, which can be placed directly on the board and can measure the complete pattern of movement during a session. And above all it would be fun to see how many meters one moves on the board during a downwind). The box will be available on location during several of the training sessions that SUP EVOLUTION and STÅPADDLA are holding during 2017. You are very welcome to join us!


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Yeah…. de lente komt er aan.
14 maart 2017|SUP safety

Yeah…. de lente komt er aan.

Yeah…. de lente komt er aan.

Kriebelt het bij jou ook alweer? Wil je ook op je board naar buiten, of wil je graag leren suppen? Ik kon het gisteren niet laten en heb mijn board afgestoft na een veel te lange winter. Door drukte met verbouwing en wat blessures heb ik de winter nauwelijks door kunnen suppen. De wind was niet al te sterk, de beentjes moesten nog even wennen. Ik stond toch net even wat wiebeliger, maar de grijns op mijn gezicht was er niet minder om.

Denk er om het water is zeker niet meer dan 12 graden Celsius, dus als je er in valt en je hebt geen goede beschermende kleding aan als een neopreen pak of een SUPskin, dat je binnen een paar minuten onderkoeld en verkrampt raakt. Kijk op mijn pagina met tips en kleding adviezen om te checken of het verstandig is om je op het water te begeven. SUP bij voorkeur samen of ga niet al te ver van huis, zo in het voorjaar. Vanaf mei warmt de watertemperatuur weer goed op en is het een stuk veiliger voor de minder geoefende supper 😉

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Hi there,
I’m a #fanatic StandUpPaddle boarder from Holland. Not professional, just addicted and willing to share the stoke. I blog in Dutch and English.
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Noem mij een fan of misschien wel een verslaafde aan Stand Up Paddle (SUP). De rust, de snelheid de workout en de natuur, voor mij elementen die de sport interessant maken. Ik SUP alleen en samen en voornamelijk op binnenwater (Friesland), blijf een amateur die af en toe ook een wedstrijd meepikt. Overal waar ik peddel krijg ik vragen over de sport, het materiaal en de workout. Tijd om er eens een blog over te schrijven en mijn ervaringen na ruim 3 jaar peddelen te delen. Je leest hier over tips, trucs, innovaties en achtergronden. Reacties zijn welkom - Join! (ik schrijf in NL en ENG)

Paddlelit,now doing night time paddle surf,taken in sayulita,

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