Riding big boards in less than average conditions is great for your general SUP surf skills and can be a lot of fun too. Board 360º, fin first takeoffs and headstands all promote great board skill, balance, and control.
Tips for the fin first take off:
- Paddle onto the wave standing up towards the nose of the board, so the back of the board and fins are out of the water out the front (otherwise the fins will catch).
- Use small and less powerful strokes, because the board will want to turn if you put too much power in.
- Let the wave pick you up (maybe catch it later than normal).
- When on the wave lean back and keep the tail/fins up, trimming the board with your body weight and feet.
- To turn the board back around, lean forward, let the fins engage in the water and get ready for the board to spin back to its normal direction.
- When learning a bigger board will make it easier.
If you’d like to try it with a professional your first time, you can hit us up for a lesson!