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Stand Up Paddle Surfing isn't that hard to learn as unlike normal surfing you can learn to do it on almost any body of water. To start with you will find standing up on the board and paddling will be the trickiest part. If you already surf then the wave riding part should be pretty familiar, except that you will be riding for longer and more often!

An unwritten rule!!! Give respect... (read the advise from the editor of SUPS mag on the bottom)
The modern Stand Up Paddle boards allow you to catch waves a lot earlier than even the long boarders. This is great but can lead to congestion problems on the water at crowded breaks. Here at Bali Stand Up  Paddle we would like to encourage a culture of respect and sharing. Don't steal all the waves. Ride a few, then let a few pass under your board. Use your elevated position to call the sets for the other surfers. Use your paddle to head off to other peaks on the beach, which maybe you haven't ridden before. In Hawaii they call it "Surfing with Aloha." It isn't difficult to do, but it will mean that the sport grows and is respected by other water users.
If you are taking part in Stand Up Paddle surfing at the moment or are thinking about taking it up then you can see yourself as a pioneer of the sport in Bali. Don't be greedy out there - give respect to gain respect.

Before you go on the water with your Stand-Up-Paddle board please:
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Adapt the length of the paddle (Mistral adjustable Pacifico paddle 185cm-215cm) to your body height. Rule: The correct length of the paddle should be one palm on top of your normal height ( see pic 1 - 3 )
You also have to know your " steering/back foot " - if you do not know this, ask somebody to stand in front of you, this person should suddenly push you backwards.
The foot you find your balance is then also your back foot for surfing in waves ( see pic 4 - 5 )

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Take the board to the water - lay yourself and paddle on the board - take the paddle and stand up ( see pic 6 - 9 ) .
Your feet should be placed next to each other, close to the mast track ( 10 ). take the paddle (hand end) placing one hand on top and the other hand half-meter below; to allow maximum performance from your paddle. Place the paddle in the water (11), with the curved blade part looking ahead (12)
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You can do about 3-4 paddle strokes on one side before changing to the other side, see illustration showing how to change from one side to other side (13-16).
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To turn the board from one direction to another take a strong paddle passing behind your body and beyond the tail of the board ( so that it begin to turn). at the same time stretch your "steering foot - see also point 5" to the back of the board allowing better control (17-20)
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Keep paddling and you will find the board turning into the new direction ( 21-23 )
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Please note that is very negligent to go wave surfing without a leash, please buy a very thick and long leash from a surf shop, first fix the leash to your board ( see pic 24-25 ) and afterward to your " steering foot - see also point "5" ( see pic 25 - 27 )

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Please select smaller waves in the early stages and check the direction and the way it's running. You always have to paddle towards the " running side = open side". Once you see a wave coming closer, start to paddle as much and fast as you can.
Keep your feet close together - close to the mast track - see also point 10 ( pic 29 ).
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When you are into the waves please put your steering foot ( see also point 5 ) towards the tail of the board. The wave is now moving & accelerating the board, use the paddle as a steering and balance tool and start to ride the wave (pic 30-40). Now you can ride and feel the sensation of Stand Up Paddle Surfing!
Stand Up Paddle Board Size Indicator
Rider Weight Expert Intermediate Beginner
Length Width  Thickness Length Width  Thickness Length Width  Thickness
54 9’ - 10’ 26"  3 3/4" 9'6" - 10'6" 26.5" 3 7/8" 10’6” - 11’ 27” 3 7/8”
63 9’6” - 10’6” 26.5" 3 7/8” 10' - 10'6" 27" 4" 10’6” - 11’ 27.5” 4 1/4"
72 9’6” - 10’6” 27” 4 1/8” 10' - 10'6" 27.5" 4 1/4" 11’ - 11'4"  28” 4 3/8”
81 9’6” - 10’6” 27.5" 4 1/4” 10'6" - 11' 28" 4 1/2” 11’ - 11'6" 29” 4 5/8” 
90 10’ - 10’6” 28” 4 5/8” 11' - 11'4" 29" 4 5/8” 11’ - 12' 29.5” 4 3/4”
100 10’4” - 11’ 28.5 4 3/4” 11' - 11'6" 30" 4 3/4” 11’4" - 12' 30.5” 4 3/4”
110 11’ - 11'4" 29.5” 4 7/8” 11' - 12' 31" 4 7/8” 11’4" - 12' 32”  4 7/8”
120 11’ - 11'6" 31" 5” 11'6" - 13' 31" 4 7/8” 11’6" - 13' 32” 4 7/8”


Letter from Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine Editor  Bill Ward,  Monday, 19 May 2008

       Congratulations on your new board and welcome all to the stand up paddle surfing community. Stand up paddling is the fastest growing water sport in the world, and no doubt, you will have many hours of paddling the beautiful oceans, rivers, harbors, lakes, and perhaps riding waves. Please remember the following four points, and share them with others, as you grow with the sport: RESPONSIBILITY, SAFETY, ETIQUETTE, ALOHA SPIRIT.


     RESPONSIBILITY:  Whether this is your first time on a stand up paddleboard or if you have been doing it for years, we ask that you please take a moment to consider the personal responsibility that you have. Is starts by making sure you boards are securely tightened to your vehicle with properly installed racks. Please take an extra moment to double check every time you transport your boards, as those not properly fastened can fly off your vehicle and may cause accident or injury. Be safe and always double check. 


     SAFETY:  Safety for others and you is something that needs to be top priority EVERY time you enter the water. ALWAYS be aware of the conditions of the ocean (currents, swell, crowds, etc.). If you are new to this sport, please take time to learn your technique in places that have calm, flat, water. Even if you have a strong surfing background, please remember that this is a new sport that requires different balance and muscle groups than you are familiar with. So, do like we all did and put your pride to the side and take the time to learn this incredible sport the RIGHT way!


     ETIQUETTE:  Okay, so now you have mastered flat water paddling and are ready to start surfing! This is where things get insanely fun! However, that does NOT mean you should paddle straight into a crowded lineup at your favorite surf spot. Even if you are an established surfer there, you will quickly wear out your welcome if you do not demonstrate proper etiquette.

     Start slowly by going places that offer easy, small, mushy waves where there are FEW people, if any, around you. You are going to fall off a lot  while learning. (No shame, we ALL did!) When you do fall, you board may become a projectile toward others. So again, please be aware of your surroundings and do whatever it takes to surf AWAY from other people. Once you start to master surfing waves, remember that a bigger board is in no way a license to be a "wave hog".


    ALOHA SPIRIT:  Sharing waves and making friends is not only the right thing to do, but will make every session enjoyable. Isn't that why we all got started in the first place? FUN and STOKE! We have an amazing opportunity to grow this wonderful sport in a positive direction. Let's all do our part and share the Spirit of Aloha every time we hit the water.

Welcome to the sport and enjoy your time on the water.