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WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN STAND UP PADDLE COMMUNITY!
Seabreeze.com.au has been fortunate to be part of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) since it's inception, with a thriving SUP Forum, Stand Up Paddle Board & Paddle reviews, a massive listing of used Stand Up Paddle boards & paddles for sale in Australia's only dedicated SUP Buy & Sell.
We've also got SUP events listings & club get togethers, fresh Australian SUP news and articles, including contributions by pro riders. The massive sup photogallery contains many years worth of australian SUP photos.
The forums are famous within the Australian Stand Up Paddle community, and is the 'go to' place for Australian SUP.
If anything is happening in SUP you'll find it here. Events, sessions, get togethers, injuries, travel, board discussion, how to & tips -
you name it - there are so many helpful crew in the forums that just about any SUP question
you have can be answered.
The Seabreeze forums are about having a good time - share the knowledge, share the stoke and help each other out. Just be wary that it's full of Australian humour, so don't get too serious!
Stand Up Paddle - the basics
Stand Up Paddle Surfing
This is sometimes the 'poster child' of SUP, although many more actually do flat water paddling. The biggest challenge new stand up paddlers face is wave etticate.
Catching your first wave on your SUP
Already Surf? Some tips about the transition to SUP
How to get out through the whitewater on a SUP
How to catch & ride waves on your stand up paddle board
How to be a winner when catching waves!
How to do advanced wave moves on a SUP
Stand Up Paddle Basics
Stand Up Paddle Downwinders
Downwinders - take your SUP on a wild journey!
Downwinders - they can be dangerous - read tips to make it safer
Reading runners makes you faster - here's some tips
Repair your Stand Up Paddle board
UNDERSTAND THE WEATHER
Australia is home to some of the best SUP conditions in the world. From warm weather, rivers, perfect surf breaks, you will have plenty of awesome days out.
But, there will be days where the weather patterns don't line up so well, and are suited to SUP - strong offshore winds are not suitable to beginners, whilst strong seabreezes are idle for those wanting to do downwinders.
By reading the weather forecasts, synoptic charts and watching the clouds you can make an informed judgement of whether it's safe to go out, and what kind of gear you'll need for the day.
Seabreeze.com.au helps you out by providing 7 day wind & wave forecasts, as well as live wind reports for your local area. Seabreeze invented the "Red/Yellow/Green Arrows" concept for representing wind, so if you hear someone on the beach talking about it being "it was all green arrows", you'll know what they mean!
Handy weather articles:
- A beginners guide to wind
- A history of weather forecasting
- The Beaufort Scale - use the trees and water surface to figure the wind speed.
There are plenty of SUP brands available to choose from, but choose the wrong brand, and it really does make a difference. As an example, consider a brand such as Naish who have a strong heritage based on decades of windsurfer designs, kitesurf boards and surfboards, who then applied that knowledge to SUP, and produce an excellent result.
Unfortunately, there has been a flood of brands who are putting some horrendous shapes and construction out for sale, with the invitation of cheap cheap cheap. You know the saying .. buy cheap, buy twice.
Some of the major reputable brands available widely in Australia include:
FIND A SHOP/SCHOOL NEAR YOU:
||Osbourne Park||(08) 9244 4474|
|Action Sports WA||Balcatta||0433 982 696|
|G Spot Extreme||Geraldton||(08) 9965 5577|
|Stand Up Paddle Sports Australia||Geraldton||(08) 99231000|
|SOS Sail and Surf||Fremantle||(08) 9430 7050|
|WA Surf||Safety Bay||0420 746 897|
|West Oz Boardsports||Safety Bay||0438 591 755|
|Windforce||Nedlands||(08) 9386 1830|
New South Wales
|Windsurfnsnow||Collaroy||(02) 9971 0999|
|Kite Action||Caloundra||(07) 5491 3065|
|Kitepower Queensland||Clontarf||(07) 3284 1186|
|Ocean Addicts||Maroochydore||(07) 5309 6624|
|SurfConnect||Brisbane||(07) 3137 0500|
|In The Loop||Brisbane||(07) 3137 0500|
|RPS The Boardstore||Elwood||(03) 9525 6475|
|Onboard Surf - Glenelg||Glenelg||(08) 8294 3866|
|Onboard Surf - Port Noarlunga||Port Noarlunga||(08) 8382 6729|
MOST IMPORTANTLY - ENJOY YOURSELF!
SUP Australia releases its State and National Titles dates
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