Two days ago a had a little time to get a paddle workout in so I took out one of the Tahoe SUP (Zephyr 12'6") boards from the demo fleet for a 30 min. workout paddle. With wind, chop and tidal current against me on the Hudson (I did want a workout) I found a few of the following useful in making headway albeit slowly;
1) Stay in the relative slackwater within 25' of shore. (knew that)
2) Tacking seemed to improve progress although it might have been an illusion.
3) Using a thumbs down type forward stroke from Freestyle Canoe as Karen Knight has shown me, and patiently my wife has reminded me, certainly diminished the times to transfer the blade to the opposite side of the board so I could propel more and not loose cadence or speed during switching sides.
So what other tactics are there in fighting wind/current? (.75 mile wide river here, no boulders creating convenient eddies to attain from)
Rob? You're the vocal SUP-guru here.
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Posted by: robcasey on Apr-02-12 4:38 AM (EST)
Marshall, good points! I always tell my students that one of the obvious cons of sup is going upwind. But there are ways to make it work even in strong wind.
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-05-12 12:23 PM (EST)
With the Tahitians and feathering the blade.
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Posted by: gutwrencher on Apr-25-12 9:22 PM (EST)
....apply to the SUP quite a bit. The proper J-stroke does wonders on a SUP. I never have to change sides....MAYBE once every 30min for about 10 strokes, then it's back to my onside. When I need an offside stroke, I use a crossover. Saves time and energy. Works for me.