This section is dedicated to all stand up paddle technique, race strategy, equipment, training and racing information.

Downwind Stand Up Paddling: Reading The Water

Reading the water while downwind stand up paddling is a critical skill to learn. Watch this video to see a brief breakdown of downwind paddling conditions at the Columbia River Gorge and the Carolina Cup. Watch all of the detailed downwind paddling technique videos for a more in-depth look at downwind paddling techniques.

By | 2017-08-16T12:16:07-05:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Racing, Stand Up Paddle|

The Viento Downwinder: The Ultimate Safety and Logistics Guide

Watch this detailed video to see the obstacles and safety information you should be aware of for your Viento to Hood River downwinder. If you don't want to watch all 20 minutes, it's still worth skipping through to see the submerged tree trunks and other obstacles. Below is a brief outline for those who would rather read

By | 2017-07-15T10:43:05-05:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Outrigger Paddling, Racing, Racing, Stand Up Paddle, Uncategorized|

Viento to Hood River Downwinder: Course Preview and Area Guide

The Viento to Hood River downwind run is arguably one of the best downwinders in the world. Situated in the heart Columbia River Gorge, the Viento downwinder provides endless glides, strong wind and beautiful scenery. You'll see what I'm talking about when you watch the video below. I'll be sharing more details about this run and

By | 2017-07-15T10:28:23-05:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: Outrigger Paddling, Racing, Racing, Stand Up Paddle|

How To Nail Your Stand Up Paddle Race Start

The stand up paddle race start is one of the most critical moments in SUP competition. Use these guidelines to set yourself up for a successful SUP race start. One of the first and most important elements to consider is the starting sequence being used at your race. As president of the Stand Up Paddle Athletes

By | 2017-05-18T14:29:13-05:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: Racing, Stand Up Paddle|

Paddle Faster When You Learn To Focus

Paddling success requires mental toughness and focus. These qualities are not mutually exclusive. To have mental toughness you must have focus. How would you rate your mental toughness? If you give up easily or can’t seem to push yourself through a tough workout, this can be the result of a variety of factors. One important

By | 2017-05-06T07:03:45-05:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Outrigger Paddling, Stand Up Paddle|

A Guide to Setting Your Paddling Goals

The key to any successful paddle training program (and most things in life!) is setting goals. Once you have assessed your physical fitness and paddling speed, you need to set goals for your paddle training and racing. Setting goals is one of the first things we do with members working with Paddle Society coach's to create a customized

Cross Training for Paddling to Maximize Performance

The best way to train the energy systems for peak performance is through functional, sport-specific movements such as paddling on the water. This article on periodization, as well as our customized training plans, explain the exact paddling workouts you should do to train each energy system at the correct time. Training the energy systems on

By | 2017-03-25T11:25:51-05:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: Outrigger Paddling, Stand Up Paddle, Training, Training|

Use These Stand Up Paddle Drafting Tactics

Stand up paddle drafting tactics are among the most important strategies in all of SUP racing. Drafting is a part of forming a SUP race strategy and racing smart. Read and watch our videos about how to draft and forming a race strategy before getting too deep into this article. Some of the only universal rules in

By | 2017-03-25T11:54:00-05:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: Racing, Stand Up Paddle|

Choosing The Right Paddling Accessories

Hydration packs, GPS units, leashes and other SUP and outrigger paddling accessories will not make you the fastest paddler in the world (hard work and training will do that). However, choosing the right paddling accessories and properly testing them can certainly make a big difference in your paddle racing and training. I overhear this being said at almost

By | 2017-03-25T12:03:59-05:00 January 8th, 2017|Categories: Equipment, Outrigger Paddling, Stand Up Paddle|

Stand Up Paddle Race Fin Choices

We like to talk about how the small things can make a big difference in your SUP training and racing. Choosing a stand up paddle  race fin for the conditions you are paddling in is just another small choice that can make a big difference. Read the details about choosing a stand up paddle race fin and

By | 2017-03-25T12:07:55-05:00 January 8th, 2017|Categories: Equipment, Stand Up Paddle|