The sun is shining, bikinis are on, and the waves are flat. It’s summer, and we love it nevertheless. Make the most of the swell-less season with this tutorial from Gillian Gibree. The Roxy SUP team rider combines the instability of SUPing with yoga, for added core strength and balance training (and let’s not forget it’s good excuse to get in the water!). New to stand up paddleboarding? Watch the start of the video for a few quick tips on how to get the most power out of every paddle stroke. Then learn a few basic yoga poses to get you started!
Ready to learn more? Gillian offers classes in Southern California at Paddle Into Fitness.
Ready to get started? Read on for a few highly recommended pieces stand up paddle surfing gear to get you going…
– Wetsuit jacket: Perfect for cooler mornings and late Spring/early Fall. It’s lightweight, so you can move, but will help keep your core temp up. Pictured: Billabong Peeky Jacket and Quiksilver Waterman Paddle Jacket
– Rashguard: You’ll be out on the water (think reflection) for a good amount of time, so do your skin a favor and cover up. we don’t care how bronzed your base tan is. Pictured: Roxy Surf Tee and Billabong Surf Tee
– Quiksilver Waist PFD: Many beaches and harbors require a personal floatation device, and rocking a lifejacket can seriously inhibit both your downward dog and style, Quiksilver makes this inflatable waist pack. Those little geniuses.
– Stand Up Paddle Board: If you’re looking for a board to paddle on a lake or flat water, stick with the longer models. This one from Riviera is a great all-arounder, providing both stability and maneuverability. Pictured: Riviera Stand Up Paddle Board
Want more? Shop Stand Up Paddle Surfing Equipment at SWELL