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TOP 8 REASONS TO PADDLE A SURFSKI

The Most Versatile Watercraft

Call me biased, but I believe the surfski is the most versatile watercraft on the market, not to mention the fastest. You can paddle it on rivers, lakes, or oceans. In flatwater, chop, big ocean swell and everything in between. Go upwind or downwind, and surf wind waves, ocean swell, shore break, and boat wakes. Cover long distances or go for short paddles. Cruise at a casual pace or red-line your heart rate. The possibilities are endless.

It is worth expanding a little bit on the ability to go upwind because this is what truly differentiates the surfski from a Stand Up Paddle Board. Wherever you can find an on-shore wind, with a surfski you can paddle out and surf in. This is really not feasible in a SUP. Additionally, if you are exploring and spending the larger part of the day on the water, in the surfski you don’t have to be so concerned about the wind picking up and creating a dangerous return situation.

As compared to traditional surfing, the magic of the surfski is that we can surf waves from 1 foot to 12 feet. These conditions are common in most bodies of water, as opposed to clean surf breaks which are much harder to find and often involve battling a lineup.

Water Benefits the Brain

While the conclusive science is still very fresh, we all intuitively know that water has a magical effect on the brain. If it didn’t people wouldn’t pay so much money to vacation on the beaches and buy homes with waterfront views. The book Blue Mind is one of the first to delve into the neural science of what spending time on the water does for our brains. It is worth checking out.

It is widely recognized and accepted that surfers are experiencing “Zen” moments. A surfski paddler surfing waves is experiencing every bit as much “zen” as a surfer and on a good downwind run the surfing is endless with no line ups to contend with.

Safety First

It is unfortunate that much of the general public views the surfski as a narrow and tippy kayak that is unsafe for all but the most skilled paddlers. Nothing could be further from the truth. An entry-level surfski in the hands of a trained and equipped paddler is far safer than the millions of “bathtub like” recreational kayaks on the market. The ability to capsize and easily remount a surfski combined with self-bailing makes it considerably safer than any closed cockpit kayak.

A Super Hero Physique

Proper surfski paddling is about developing the core, obliques, lats, shoulders, and arms. In roughly that order. The elite paddlers demonstrate that with enough time in the surfski you are certain to achieve the much-desired “v shape” torso. Most importantly building a strong core in the way that the surfski does, will pay dividends in overall health and mobility and will translate to resiliency in everyday life.

Surfski paddling to build upper body endurance strength is a perfect complement to running and biking, and one of the best cross-training activities for nordic skiers.

Low Impact Equals Healthy Longevity

If there was ever a low impact and low injury sport, that would be surfski. With some basic instruction on technique and learning to protect your shoulders, you can easily enjoy a long paddling career. Falling off a surfski beats falling off a bike any day.

Anyone Can Do It

I absolutely believe and have witnessed first hand. Surfski is accessible to everyone. I have witnessed 8-year-olds and 70-year-olds pick up surfski paddling for the first time and absolutely love it. Man, woman, child, old, young, athletic or non-athletic with the right boat and the right instruction anyone can begin paddling a surfski and soon be catching waves and surfing until their heart’s content.

Flow States Greatly Enhance Life

The concept of Flow has been around for many years, the science around it is gaining more attention as we all seek to further heighten our experiences and performance. Surfski offers both a figurative and literal example of Flow on so many levels. It could be paddling on a dead flat inland lake or surfing a wild and crazy ocean in gale-force winds. There is hardly a surfski paddler who doesn’t access some level of Flow state on every paddle.

An Amazing Tribe

The surfski community stands above the rest for a willingness to welcome newcomers. The open water swell is a big and uncrowded space and is exponentially more fun to share with others. The most elite in the sport are some of the humblest people you’ll meet. World-class athletes in every respect, who will not hesitate to spend genuine time with absolute beginners. Think about the power of that. It is quite rare.

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The Most Complete Forward-Stroke Instruction Video Ever

This video is long, but it is thorough. If you are serious about developing strong and efficient technique in a surfski or canoe, then you’ll want to watch this video and refer to it often.

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THE HISTORY OF OUTRIGGING – FROM SURVIVAL TO SPORTS

The modern sport of outrigger canoeing was developed in Hawaii in earlier centuries. The first official outrigger races took place in the early 20th century in Waikiki. The sport has since spread and is now very popular in many countries around the world. The difference between outriggers and other canoes is the fact that it is double-hulled. Its stability comes from the distance between its hulls, which are longer and narrower than single-hulled canoes.

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What is a V1?

V1 stands for one-person va’a. The Tahitian term va’a is used to differentiate it from an OC-1 (one-person outrigger canoe). V1s are traditionally defined by an open cockpit and no rudder.

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CHECK OUT THIS DOWNWINDER

One of the most unknown sports in Europe is outrigger canoeing. Sure, most people know an outrigger from the movies or some publication, or have seen it somewhere in Polynesia, but most don’t really know the sport, what it’s capable of, and how fun it is from flat water to actually “surfing”. This video demonstrates the “surfing” aspect of this amazing sport. Watch a downwind surf crossing with Kai Bartlett and Bobby Pratt. Pure downwind surfing.

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THE WORLD’S SMALLEST OUTRIGGER CANOE

The Feline is the world’s smallest outrigger canoe. Its smaller dimensions (5.12m long and 40cm wide) mean that it is not only easy to store but also a model that demonstrates formidable efficiency in downwind conditions. It never crashes head first into waves and handles incredibly well. Beginners will be particularly fond of its ease of use when taking off initially, while experienced rowers will be amazed by the amount of time it can surf along waves, as well as its ease in moving from one to the next. The Feline is also extremely capable of upwind conditions, where its small dimensions come into their own. Its spaciousness (319 liters) makes it accessible to those of a larger build. The Feline is truly the product of all of our experience to date.

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Red Bull Wa’a Takes Outrigger Canoe Paddling by Storm

Awesome profile of the Red Bull Wa’a team based out of Hawaii. Their goal is simply to beat the best out there: the Tahitians, a question of pride…

Before endurance and water sports existed, there was canoe paddling. Initially, a vehicle used to hunt and fight has now become one of the largest growing fitness and endurance sports in the world. The U.S. outrigger canoe paddling team from Kona, the Red Bull Wa’a, have taken the age-old sport by storm and challenged the tenure of the Tahitian paddlers. For the Red Bull Wa’a, paddling isn’t just a means to peak personal strength – it’s spiritual. Team captain, Kainoa Tanoai, says “When you’re paddling for four hours a day, you’re focused on the goal of competing at the highest level, but you’re also focused on being one with the ocean and respecting the canoe, your teammates, and the sport.

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UNDERSTANDING WAVES FOR PADDLERS

Whenever a group of outrigger paddlers gets together, within minutes the conversation is certain to turn to waves and specifically surfing downwind. For those paddlers starting out on their journey to mastering downwind paddling there can be a lot of misconceptions and confusion. In this video some guidance is given on what to expect when surfing different types of waves and how to use the waves to your advantage.

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