SUP Surfing Tips

SAN DIEGO, California – Now that you’re hooked to the feeling of riding waves you’re probably ready to step it up and start improving your skills. We’ve gathered tips and advice from some of the top SUP surfing pros from around the globe to help guide you towards your goal of becoming a better stand up paddle surfer. See what they had to say below.

  1. Practice the Basics

The first thing to improving your SUP surfing skills is to make sure that you have the basics mastered. Without having these basic skills mastered you can easily find yourself in a situation where you’re stuck in a rut and not seeing any improvement.

“Practicing the basics is key to making sure you’re on the right path in improving your performance,” says Noa Ginella, Naish SUP pro team rider. Ginella continues, “Make sure that you have your pivot turns down, find your balance point on your board and when you’re starting off make sure that you’re working on getting a good stroke.”

  1. Surf with Someone Better Than You

World Champ Caio Vaz in New Zealand. | Photo: Cory Scott

An easy, fun and natural way to progress in surfing is to surround yourself with people who are better than you and that can help you along the way. You can learn by watching and studying them while also getting feedback from them in real time while you’re out in a session and naturally you will find yourself improving.

Professional paddler and Starboard SUP and Werner Paddles athlete Fiona Wylde adds to this point by saying, “if you’re just starting out go with a friend and have fun because if you have fun then you’re going to want to go out for another session and the more sessions you have the better you will get.”

Two-time ISA World Champion surfer Sean Poynter says that you should “find someone who knows stand up paddle surfing, whether it be a guide or a retreat and try and latch on to them and ask questions.” Poynter himself hosts surf retreats throughout the year in Mexico with Ian Cairns who was team USA’s SUP coach for many years. Poynter continues, “You’re going to learn from watching others and watching what they are doing, so, look for tips online, tips from guys on the beach and it’s going to be the person who knows what they are doing who will be able to give you the tips and insights on what you need to know and how you can better yourself.