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What led people to SUP surfing.

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Created by lam A week ago, 6 May 2019
lam
VIC, 47 posts
6 May 2019 6:07PM
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Interested to know what led people to SUP surfing. Personally, after 2 shoulder operations, major back surgery and a stuffed neck I could no longer prone surf. I took up the SUP and I love it.
Also, people often ask me why do people sup surf on really short sups when they possibly could surf prone.
interested in comments.

Fitzsup
NSW, 81 posts
6 May 2019 7:01PM
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Herniated lower back disc,couldn't get to my feet when proning.Took up sup to increase flexibility and strength.hooked

colas
3133 posts
6 May 2019 5:15PM
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I lived most of my life in a windy place with not many waves, so I Windsurfed a lot and Surfed each time I could.

Around 2006, appeared boards designed for strapless windsurfing in waves, bought one and it was great. However, it was actually an hybrid Wind/SUP board (The AHD Sealion). After some months, I saw a paddle on sale, bought it on a whim to try... and I was disappointed. This thing was insanely hard (The Sealion was only 7'6"...), so I shelved the paddle for 6 months. I then discovered the Gong SUP forum, and by reading the advice, practicing on the flat... and buying a bigger 9'6" SUP, I got hooked.

SUP gave me the best of surfing and windsurfing: surfing but with the vision of the spot gained by standing up, the sheer pleasure of carving high volume boards at speed, a whole body experience, and way to multiply my number of sessions by more than ten. And I the same time my hip began to stiffen so I was not able to sit on a surfboard anymore, so I never prone surfed again.

"why do people sup surf on really short sups when they possibly could surf prone." This has been beaten to death, but ask these people how they experience 5 liters difference in a prone surfboard. They most probably say the difference is huge. Thus, a 7' short SUP with 70 liters more than a 7' prone board is nothing like it, it has tremendously more power in the wave, the feeling is very different! This morning I was in knee high waves, and prone surfers were either on shortboards and doing nothing, or on longboards going straight. But my 6'10" 125 liters small wave SUP had both the volume of a longboard for early wave entry and still short enough to fully plane and rip the wave apart, but with the paddle in hand to be able to control the beast.

Kami
1352 posts
6 May 2019 7:42PM
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I begin SUP at 55 make me frothing like it was at 15 when I start surfing and as Colas said " early wave entry and still short enough to fully plane and rip the wave apart" is just enough for me at nearly 65 now leaving the adrenaline of 15' foot drop for younger ones.

hilly
WA, 4555 posts
6 May 2019 7:57PM
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Neck farked from too much rugby. If I could prone surf I would. Way better in wind and you can ride a much smaller board so the performance is much better. Good to see sup is dropping off here as there were some unskilled pilots going out into crowded line ups.

Souwester
WA, 960 posts
6 May 2019 8:18PM
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Morning sciatica making prone surfing too painful, prone surfing seemed to aggravate it more prolonging the issue long after the morning, was also getting a lot of the back spasms that were just far too frequent.

Started off in the marina's and gradually worked my way into the ocean, what a buzz!

I still remember my first proper wave, was on a stormy unruly day - dropped in, raced along and kicked out before it detonated, far to say I was hooked from then. Noticed my back muscles and general core was a lot better off SUP surfing.

Found out the hard way about warming up the shoulders though - a few strains from charging straight out and paddling like mad.

Johndesu
NSW, 223 posts
6 May 2019 10:57PM
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lam said..
Interested to know what led people to SUP surfing. Personally, after 2 shoulder operations, major back surgery and a stuffed neck I could no longer prone surf. I took up the SUP and I love it.
Also, people often ask me why do people sup surf on really short sups when they possibly could surf prone.
interested in comments.


To sup surf or not to sup surf that is the question? - or to shortboard surf, or to just mix it up and do both depending on the conditions, surf, size, quality etc. etc... I can sup surf (super short sup or mid size) every day if I could, but not prone surfing I need to rest and fully recover from a session (only every second day), so that is the best of both worlds, and throw in a bit of training - exercises (sit ups & push up & stretches , swimming, etc.) on the beach between waves, and also for the reasons that Colas pointed out ;-)

anchorpoint
72 posts
6 May 2019 10:47PM
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One of my friend purchased an old JP 10x32 for his kids around 2010, at that time was longboarding and on the bad side of forty , first time on a SUP, was immediatly hooked !

I never used a longboard or prone board after that...ended selling all my longboard and replaced them with SUP over the years;

I use a SUP regardless of the sea conditions, if flat then enter race or all around , if small then 9 to 10 footers, if bigger then smaller size or more performance sup longboard, SUP cover such a range of conditions (from flat to double OH) , places (sea,lake,river) that it became a way of life .

I can say without exageration that SUP changed my life and allowed me to spend more time in the sea ans still having fun sometime more than prone surfers i see in the water..

Cheers!

SRrat
WA, 223 posts
6 May 2019 10:53PM
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Started when at the beach jumped on a friends 10fter, paddled in to some crappy reforms and couldn't wipe the smile of my face. I was hooked, makes average waves fun. Still ride a short board ,but a sup is a good way to escape the crowds. Can't say I've enjoyed the paddle out on a short board, sometimes take the long way out on the sup.

Tardy
2934 posts
7 May 2019 5:41AM
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A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .

SupChickadee
VIC, 83 posts
7 May 2019 8:30AM
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Tardy said..
A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .


10 boards Tardy! There i was feeling guilty with 4, guilt gone

Helmy
VIC, 666 posts
7 May 2019 10:13AM
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Fitzsup said..
Herniated lower back disc,couldn't get to my feet when proning.Took up sup to increase flexibility and strength.hooked


Ditto Fitzsup

Gboots
NSW, 638 posts
7 May 2019 10:17AM
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A simple lazy kayak on Hammo in 2015. I realised I had missed the ocean for 15 years since my uni years and and am now trying to catch up for the lost opportunities . I had forgotten the thrill of catching a wave.

FRP
255 posts
7 May 2019 8:19AM
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Ten years ago after many years of surf kayaking and windsurfing a friend gave me his prized possession, a 9' Willie Grace designed longboard. I was 54 years old then and he thought I would just hang it on a wall. Nope. It got me into surfing but my pop up sucked. Started standup paddling and now insanely addicted. At 64 years old I will keep surfing until I can no longer get into a wetsuit!

Bob

Gorgo
VIC, 4145 posts
7 May 2019 10:48AM
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Two things.

One was I had a memories of using a plywood paddleboard when I was a kid. Lots of paddling along and standing on it and mucking around in waves. I kept thinking I could build something similar to the one my dad built. SUP came along and I gave it a go and loved the paddle feeling.

The other is I have surfed in one way or another since the 60's and 70's. I could ride mats and longboards ok but I was never really good at surfing. I never had the upper body strength to paddle repeatedly into waves. Windsurfing came along and I followed that path.

I found on a SUP I could catch waves easily and my decades of surfing experience worked just fine. There's no way I could claim to be an expert but I could do it and feel competent in the surf.

I got bored with lugging overweight SUP boards to the bay to go for a paddle and it's a pain having to drive the hour or so to the surf to go surfing. My favourite local breaks need specific tides to work well. My overhead rack in the garage is pretty full with kite and surf and SUP boards. Adding something 14' long has no appeal.

A few years ago I got into kite foiling and that is totally addictive. It has swept away almost every other thing I do. There is a possibility I might return to SUP foil surfing if things like the wind wing work out to be a viable tool.

Fitzsup
NSW, 81 posts
7 May 2019 11:03AM
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SupChickadee said..

Tardy said..
A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .



10 boards Tardy! There i was feeling guilty with 4, guilt gone






Dash
NSW, 34 posts
7 May 2019 11:24AM
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I could initially see the benefit of flat day fun and my wife was really keen. Figured that if she's enthusiastic about getting out on the water then that means more time in the ocean for me! Bought two cheap pop-outs.

Things just went crazy from there. A bulging disc in my neck ruled out surfing for a long time. Replaced every prone surf sessions with a stand up surf session. Replaced the pop-outs with surf specific SUPs.

Another bulging disc late last year has almost finished off prone surfing for me. Even just paddling around is too painful. Having said that though, even if I didn't have the neck problem I am enjoying surfing a stand up as much as I ever did a 6ft prone board. Paddling away from crowds, not struggling in weak surf and really pushing a bigger board through turns is so much fun. Not to mention the fact I can last for much longer sessions and get heaps more waves. It's only thumping shore breaks or really crowded sessions that I wish I was on a shorty.

I'm addicted. Plenty of boards and paddles since and I keep seeing more boards that I want to try!

DHUPEDNORTH1
49 posts
7 May 2019 10:12AM
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Perf waves suck for proning. One decent longboard break between Trigg and Mandurah that always has 30+ surfers on a 30m spread for 30-50m rides in swell, and clubbies who block for each other or block out the break for a comp when the surf is up on a weekend. Plus, paddling's been getting hard on the neck and shoulders the past few years.

So, got a SUP for summer conditions when you could go out and at the very least, get some exercise, enjoy the sunshine, get a few small waves when the longboard is gathering dust in the garage. Now can't get off it as the winter swell is arriving. Love being able to easily paddle a km to go from one break to another (that would be my day done if I was prone paddling). Having a laugh on whatever waves I want up and down the coast.

I'm enjoying the new challenge, getting a stack of waves, not wearing my shoulders out, seeing what's under the water, not worrying about big ass sharks, having a chat with mates, hanging with the SUP oldies on the beach afterwards who seem less agro than the proners since there is less of a fight for the same waves, plus the SUPs numbers are dropping off as the initial fad wears off (and it's not as easy as it looks), and other things like foiling and DW become popular, and the old and sore former proners take over the SUP breaks.

Will still prone in Bali, but Perf and Mandurah waves were designed for supping.

copperdog1
VIC, 14 posts
7 May 2019 3:32PM
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Lower back problems basically cancelled me out of prone surfing at 59 years of age. After a couple of years trying everything else, I went out on a battered old sup loaner. After 3 or 4 sessions I was hooked. Got my own board and haven't looked back. A couple of weeks ago I supped a double overhead right point and I was hooting and holloring - thought at 62 that was all behind me. My only regret is that I didn't come to it sooner

Seajuice
NSW, 392 posts
7 May 2019 4:58PM
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This man led me to SUP surfing! He's in his late 60s now but hoping he recovers from back injuries.
I met him at work. He told me he surfs a paddleboard. "What's that?" I said.Haaa! I remember he was one of the only ones SUP surfing before they became popular. He had a 10ft Coreban, then one of the first if not the first at our local break to be riding a short 7ft 7s SUP.
I got back into prone boarding after a long lay off after selling my single fin. But couldn't surf good at all.
Then he keeps telling me to get a paddleboard. So finally did. I was amazed at how I could get onto waves early & the waves were becoming a lot less intimidating over time. Thanks to my mentor.
He also got me into foil boarding. And if he didn't have his back injury I am sure he would already be flying all over the place.
Thanks to Butch I have now a collection of 3 SUPs & 2 foil boards & can't keep off them.
Oh, & thanks to SUP surfing I also started getting into prone surfing with higher volume boards which feel like skate boards after using a SUP.
But the SUP & foilboards will remain my favourites due to the easier paddling & my age at 59 years.
Butch has a lot to answer for. It's costing me heaps & losing space in my garage!




Tardy
2934 posts
7 May 2019 4:43PM
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Fitzsup said..

SupChickadee said..


Tardy said..
A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .




10 boards Tardy! There i was feeling guilty with 4, guilt gone








ha ha ....too good ....I got 2 more coming ...

it seems crazy but i seem to use all of them through the year ,

the thing i love about SUPing ,is you can do it any time ,you don't have to worry about tides or wind ,to some extent
I have sold 15 of my SUPs to people around my area ,and all have been first timers ,so i have got 15 more people in to SUPs
ever time i see them ,all we talk about is SUP .
ITS SO COOL .

chickadee ...you need more boards ...honestly how can you survive on 4 SUPS ...LOL.

I await supthecreeks reply ...he has double what i have ...and some breezes are way up on me ..Y knot .

makes me wonder ,is injury another name for old age .?

SUPing has been the best sport i have learnt in my life .

Brenno
QLD, 675 posts
7 May 2019 6:44PM
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Cool thread.
Long periods away from the ocean and motor bike, sporting and stupidity injuries f'ing my knees and back, meant my pop up began to suck, and i was missing waves. Far too many waves. And lying down on a board caused me pain.
Sticking a fin in my thigh and nearly bleeding out on the beach was the final straw.
SUP surfing has brought me so many happy times. I spent 8 hours out with my boy over the last 2 days, me on my 9' smik, him on his 9'6" munro longboard, high fivin', dropping in on each other, navigating through the tourists, nose riding, carving, snaking each other, wackin' his butt with my paddle on the way past, throwing rude signs and generally lovin' life.
Life's better when you surf.
No matter how.

MarkW81
VIC, 45 posts
7 May 2019 8:09PM
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Sick of coming in from a prone surf frustrated due to lack of waves and agro in the water. Also it wasn't helping dodgy shoulders and lower back. So I gave SUP'ing a go and discovered I could generally find a peak to myself and catch all the waves I wanted with no hassle. Also great to improve core strength and glutes, so actually helps my back.

After not using my longboards for 12 months I sold them all to buy more SUP's. I copped a bit of crap from a few of the guys I used to prone surf with, but I'm having more fun and because I'm catching heaps more waves my surfing has improved as well.

kitemantim
99 posts
7 May 2019 6:24PM
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Needed something to escape the family when the wind wasn't blowing and could kite and then had major back / disc collapse. Struggled to walk for a year and got the spine fused. Carried on the SUPing as rehab. Never looked back, 3-4 times a week out on the local bar and trying to foil (badly). One of the greatest benefits is catching the same wave with my 13yr son, memories which will never be forgotten.

SupChickadee
VIC, 83 posts
7 May 2019 8:52PM
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Tardy said..

Fitzsup said..


SupChickadee said..



Tardy said..
A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .





10 boards Tardy! There i was feeling guilty with 4, guilt gone









ha ha ....too good ....I got 2 more coming ...

it seems crazy but i seem to use all of them through the year ,

the thing i love about SUPing ,is you can do it any time ,you don't have to worry about tides or wind ,to some extent
I have sold 15 of my SUPs to people around my area ,and all have been first timers ,so i have got 15 more people in to SUPs
ever time i see them ,all we talk about is SUP .
ITS SO COOL .

chickadee ...you need more boards ...honestly how can you survive on 4 SUPS ...LOL.

I await supthecreeks reply ...he has double what i have ...and some breezes are way up on me ..Y knot .

makes me wonder ,is injury another name for old age .?

SUPing has been the best sport i have learnt in my life .


That's hilarious and true. i'm also regularly letting other suppers try my boards to give them an idea of the next move from their first sup . The weird thing is that as soon as i buy a new board i get on this forum and see other boards and wonder if that board would give my supping another dimension/challenge/fun........its a journey not a destination. My outlook on life is its great to spend money on sports equipment, enjoy the outdoors and be healthy and sup surfing ticks those boxes and gives you a zest for the stoke you get and share out in the water

surfinJ
425 posts
7 May 2019 7:24PM
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Yes, life is definitely because I can surf. And that story with your son is tops.

11 years ago after riding waves many ways, but mostly prone for 40 years the doctors said stop or operate.
Worn out shoulder tendons from sloppy paddling for too long.

At this time there where shots of Laird and company popping up in the surf rags and I became intrigued.
Stubbornly failed to start on a 120l 9' pointy shortboard shape, thought being a surfer would be enough.
Sold that board and went huge with a starboard big easy.
After a year I was frothing and so started the endless board progression that goes till today.

The quiver does make possible the family paddles, and that is Valhalla.

SunnyBouy
329 posts
7 May 2019 8:12PM
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I come from a sailing background (big boat offshore and dinghies) and in between those days off i'd be windsurfing. I was a wave head junky windsurfing, and always preferred those more surfing based days than full on survival stuff. Then I had a really bad broken foot (broke all my right foot bones, stuck in the front strap) from landing a backie into a sand bar and that freaked me out. I lost a load of confidence and would only go out after that on big floaty boards and throw freestyle stuff (I was pretty good) but slowly I tailed off windsurfing and it coincided with SUP coming into the UK. At first I LOL'd and took the piss.. SeaSweeping me and a few mates called it.. then one of my best buddies finally said "look mate, stop taking the piss and try it.. there's 3ft out there..."
And I did, and I loved it instantly. It gave me all the "Surf" element of windsurfing I loved so much without and straps or millions of rigs to carry around.
And I have a mate who brings in Sunova to the UK and that's where I've been ever since.
I love it, I've found the people to be really nice folks without any built up angst or adrenaline filled aggro. Everyone I've met along my way I almost feel are friends. Honestly couldn't say that about dinghy racing or windsurfing.
I feel relaxed and happy when I'm surfing, love mucking about on SUPs and happy to help anyone out.

I guess I've just found a balance between me and the water and fun.

Pando71
NSW, 131 posts
8 May 2019 7:54AM
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Neck stuffed, love to get back on shortboard, but SUP is an awesome substitute. Do whatever it takes to stay in the water!

Timsups
9 posts
8 May 2019 8:37AM
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Prone surfed for 35 years and cervical discs degenerated to to point I had a neck fusion in 1998. Doc said no more prone surfing so l transitioned to waveskis to keep "surfing"!!??... I was on a surf trip to North Shore of Hawaii in 2006 saw a guy (Blane Chambers) on a huge board with a canoe paddle surfing near Laniakea's... Thought he was crazy!! The next year I went back and he was out again, with refined equipment and was TEARING it UP!!! ????... My reaction, "WOW"... I can do that and I can once again stand and surf... YEEOOW!!!
A few months later I was in California and met with SUP Shapers Ron House and Steve Behne and had Steve shape me my first SUP... an 11 foot Infinity??.. It was shipped to Sunrise Surf Shop and was one of the first SUP's in the area. 12 years later I'm still SUPin (age 67) and can honestly say the sport has brought me as much joy, great friendships and as many waves as my decades of traditional surfing...plus..I'm hoping it 's going to keep me "young" for a long time????...Feel very lucky!!!??????

MangoDingo
NT, 233 posts
8 May 2019 2:30PM
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Cracker thread - really great to read everyone's stories - classic!
Same for me as many - born and bred in Vicco - surfed (and skated).
Bailed high school and moved up to Byron and started plumbing apprenticeship with the old man. Would jump on the pushy, paddle up to the Wreck, get morning surfs in before work, come home and do it again. 17 years old and living in a flat in Johnson st - worked hard, partied hard and surfed hard - terrible stuff Would go and see bands like Tumbleweed and Def FX play at the RSL. Didn't matter - whoever - as long as the music was loud and got ya primed for waves in the morn.
Margo was surfing like a machine at the time, Danny Wills was the local everyone was watching with high expectations of crackin' the tour (then ASP). And he did.
Travelled around Oz for probably too long and ended up out in Arnhem Land, grew a beard, met the missus and ended up moving back in to Darwin.
SUP's been a revelation. It's got me back into waves after too long out of the water. reconnected me with the ocean in a big way and also taught me a lot about myself - mostly how to manage fear of crocs when there's no-one else out. Needless to say the beard's still there, it's just grey It's Wednesday arvo and I'm counting down til Saturday waves.
So, here's cheers big ears - up the SUPsters!
I'll see ya's in the soup !!!
Yeeeew!!!

supsean
19 posts
9 May 2019 1:24AM
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Never surfed before. Bought a paddle board while rehabbing from back surgery. It was a big-old BIC, but I caught some waves and got totally hoooooked. Now 2 years later, I have 3 boards, 3 wetsuits, and a bunch of paddles, and figuring out how to surf the gnarly and crowded beach breaks of NYC every time Magic Seaweed gives me the green...



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