the last few times i experienced severe pain in my lower bicep/upper forearm after paddling in the ocean to ride waves. i never experienced this pain while paddling flat water. anyone else ever have this happen? anyone know how i can avoid this?
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Posted by: jbernard on Jul-29-12 12:39 PM (EST)
Well, I'm neither a physicist nor a doctor but I'd blame it on inertia (Newton's fault) and I'd probably go see a bone doc if it doesn't get better with a couple weeks rest. Lots of things it could be, sprain, strain, tear, cartilage, nerve, bone etc. In general surfing will put a lot more stress on your muscles and joints than touring or even racing because you tend to go from 0 to 100 instantly every time you try to catch a wave. Huge amounts of stress in the system, weak links break. I find many SUP paddles, blades and shafts, are very stiff and unyielding. Unfortunately your body can take a beating from that. Think about getting a small blade and a shaft with some flexibility. Most if not all makers offer different sized blades but as far as I know most don't offer a variety of shaft flexes. The only one I know of is www.KeNalu.com
Posted by: robcasey on Jul-31-12 5:14 PM (EST)
In surfing or whitewater where intensity is up you may be too tense while paddling. Loosen your paddle grip, relax, don't paddle too hard into waves, take less waves, maybe carve more rather than use the paddle as a pivot or brace.