Not only can you surf, race, fish and do yoga on a SUP but you can also fully utilise the power of the ocean by Downwinding on your SUP!
Paddling downwind in outrigger canoes is an old game in Hawaii, but since the birth of paddleboarding, downwinding has become even more populair, and its taking off in europe as well…. It’s basically a down wind adventure on a paddleboard…nothing more, nothing less…and its PERFECT for the windy UK and european coasts.
So whats the fuss all about?
Downwinding gives you a fantastic sense of freedom, you are powered by the wind and ocean swells, and use your paddle to surf waves for mile upon mile of ocean. You can explore places you might never normally visit, improve your paddle fitness and help your surfing by getting a great understanding of board trim.
What kit do you need?
In terms of boards, the longer the better! Race boards work very well, but anything longer than 10’6 will get you downwinding and surfing the ocean swells. Length will help your board catch the waves, as much volume in the tail also helps.
Having a few friends is a MUST – not just for logistics to get transport sorted for your pick up point, but safety is a very serious consideration. The ocean is a dangerous place, so go in a group, take a phone or radio just in case you may get into difficulties.
Heres SUPboarders pick of some of the best downwinder videos that show what its really all about, shown from on board SUP’s and off a chopper. Finishing with WeSUP’s inspiring downwinders across the Scottish lochs.