View Full Version : Stand-up paddle surfing

Chris Coose
09-20-2010, 08:39 AM
Yesterday, we saw a couple guys while we were fishing off the S. side of Nomans Land Island off Martha's Vineyard and one guy as we were passing into Cuttyhunk, making stand-up surfing look like a very pleasurable activity.
The swell coming into Nomans was big and long and it looked as if there was very little danger of making the beach a final destination.
I think I'll stick to stand-up paddling in my big, old, Old Town canoe but if I were in the vicinity of that kind of surfing, I'd be all over it.

wizbang 13
09-20-2010, 08:41 AM
It's the new thing. It's all over here. I don't get it, other than the ease and simplicity. No waves for a hundred miles.

Chris Coose
09-20-2010, 08:53 AM
With a longer board and a paddle I think you can make some distance pretty easy and I can see where people could use it as "core" exercising but I'd have to find a wave every once in a while or I'd quit it for a paddling vessel.
But I'll tell you, as we sat in the boat going up and down in the massive swells and watching this guy take long long rides all morning I'm intrigued.
Despite the craving for that ride feeling, I know I am probably far better off having been a spectator.
Fishing was OK.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-20-2010, 09:13 AM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne0YwPqxVFg <<< This guy is usually ahead of the curve..... watch what happens @6:59...

09-20-2010, 07:10 PM
It's the new yuppie "thing to do".

Ian McColgin
09-20-2010, 07:16 PM
It is relativly new - maybe the last four or five years and growing rapidly. Great core stength exercise.

09-20-2010, 07:19 PM
I don't see where you're supposed to keep the beer.

09-20-2010, 07:24 PM
We went to Hawaii last year and saw a lot of people doing this, I even had to ask what they were doing as i had never seen this before.

09-20-2010, 08:43 PM
Lotsa folks do it here...some are surfers, some are seeking fitness and some use them to fish from--strapping milk crates and such to stow gear (which answers the "where to stow beer question posed above)


wizbang 13
09-20-2010, 08:48 PM
I notice ,no BFD's on the paddleboards. (yea, little joke) There IS at least one bikinied babe who paddled around Gig Harbor this summer. (she'll probably be fat by next spring)

David G
09-20-2010, 11:35 PM
As an old surfer, I think it'd be fun to do... for a weekend. Beyond that, I'd probably get bored. Maybe if I lived on a lake or large river, and could make THAT my morning exercise...

09-21-2010, 01:07 AM
Its strange to see from the pilot house of a boat, especially at a distance. It looks as though someone is standing on the water.

Chris Coose
09-21-2010, 06:01 AM
Its strange to see from the pilot house of a boat, especially at a distance. It looks as though someone is standing on the water.
Heck of a lot easier to spot than the kayakers.

09-21-2010, 06:44 AM
I don't know about beer, but you could put a table and chairs on one of those.Doesn't appeal personally.

09-21-2010, 08:28 AM
The appeal, to me, is that it's just another way to get out on the water . . . not that I've tried one (though there are guys out here in CO paddling them around the lakes). Building them might be fun, too. Here's a guy - Malcolm Schweizer -
from the kayak building forum who just completed his (in the Virgin Islands).

The setting is pretty impressive.

And the bow inlay, which is pretty impressive, too:

09-21-2010, 08:48 AM
haha the "yuppie" thing to do.......coming from someone who obviously hasn't tried it!
as mentioned - great exercise, gets you out on the water when regular surfing it "impossible" and is great fun to boot!
and as much as i love beer, if you can't wait until you get back to shore to have one (remember, no pfd) ...you have some issues.

11'4" Padobo owner and lover of beer