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Stand Up Paddle Boarding
updated: Apr 16, 2014, 7:56 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

A subscriber would like to know what beach usually has the best conditions for stand up paddle boarding.

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 COMMENT 511635 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:02 PM

Wave tank in Arizona has a nice stationary wave.

 

 COMMENT 511639 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:26 PM

East Beach of course!

 

 COMMENT 511640 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:26 PM

Any beach during flat spells. Please stay off the waves

 

 COMMENT 511641P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:31 PM

Santa Claus

 

 COMMENT 511644 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:36 PM

What does the beach have to do with SUP?

 

 COMMENT 511646 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:38 PM

I like Leadbetter and Goleta Beach. Nice and flat water!

 

 COMMENT 511653P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:56 PM

Friends don't let friends SUP...

 

 COMMENT 511654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 08:59 PM

Friends let their friends borrow their SUPs...

 

 RUDOLF THE RED agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:21 PM

Friends like friends

 

 COMMENT 511663P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 10:08 PM

If you're a beginner, it'd be best to get a lesson or find a more experienced friend. You'd do best paddling when waves are flatter and the winds are lower which is typically in the am. Ignore the negative comments. Good and great surfers don't try to enhance their cred by bashing SUP. Heck, they'd never say anything bad to Laird Hamilton about SUP. Kelly Slater has a pic of himself supping in his own book about surfing. He's probably a little more knowledgeable about what is worth doing on the water.

Santa Barbara is a great place to sup. Learn from an instructor and you'll get better faster and will appreciate all that is out there.

 

 COMMENT 511668 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 06:57 AM

Laird and Kelly can do whatever they want. Any other surfer below their level should stick to paddling with only their arms.

Whoever is in the best position to catch the wave with the least amount of paddling should get that wave. Not the old or greedy guy with the biggest board.

 

 COMMENT 511669 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 07:02 AM

Trendy. Everybody else is doing it so why shouldn't I?

 

 COMMENT 511671 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 07:28 AM

Please wherever you go please stay out of the lineup, this includes Ledbetter and Mondo's. The last thing a beginner or little kid surfing needs is some barney SUP putting a hole in der head.

 

 COMMENT 511676 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 07:46 AM

Check with paddles sports in the harbor for their rental program. Learn the "rules of the road" so the sport doesn't keep its poor reputation.

 

 COMMENT 511677 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 07:50 AM

Best beach: the one closest to your house where parking is closest to the water so you don't have to drag the beast too far when you get out with oh so tired arms and legs. And no rock revetments or stairs.

 

 COMMENT 511695 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 08:45 AM

Funny about rules of the road, how about the rental kayakers that clog the harbor do the rental companies even try and tell them its dangerous

 

 COMMENT 511715 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 09:43 AM

I'm sorry, I gotta side with the surfers here... SUPers should stay outta the line up and if they want to surf, well, they should go home and switch to a surfboard and come back, not an SUP board. SUPers should stay out of the wave line up.

 

 COMMENT 511716 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 09:51 AM

Both the kayakers and surry drivers need better instruction by the rental consessionaires. Hopefully it won't take an accident and lawsuit. Both are wonderful opportunties for family fun for tourists and locals alike.

 

 COMMENT 511728 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 10:37 AM

I hear Venice beach is pretty nice.

 

 COMMENT 511734 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 11:05 AM

Honestly, the childish anti-SUP surfing tone of these comments make me want to switch to surfing SUP just to find out who these people are and deal with them. Grow up.

To the OP, any beach is good, just pick a flat warm day with no wind and you'll have a great time and learn a lot.

 

 COMMENT 511740 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 11:33 AM

Hmm... let's see... 9 out of 10 days a year in SB the waves are too small to ride unless you have a 10 ft log or a SUP.... so, uh, yeah, for this area, a log of a longboard or a SUP is essential, unless you only want to surf when the waves are 2ft or more, which again, is very rare. Haters gonna hate though... haha

 

 COMMENT 511770 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 02:02 PM

Waikiki, some nice rollers and the water is warm.

 

 COMMENT 511771 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 02:08 PM

Here's the thing, guys, most SUPpers are not very good surfers. Are there SUPpers who rip? Yes. But they are the exception. Most of them are new to board sports, don't understand etiquette and don't have sufficient control over their boards and paddles. This means that they present a danger to others, simply through their ignorance and lack of skill. So--those of you who are learning, go somewhere with no lineup until you are good enough that you aren't going to hurt anybody. At the same time, learn the rules of the road, so that you are less likely to hurt someone, or get hurt yourself--and so that you don't piss people off, again, through lack of knowledge and awareness.

 

 COMMENT 511774 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 02:16 PM

SUPs go home.

 

 COMMENT 511778 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 02:27 PM

LDPs go home. You're just angry cause you brought your little board to the lineup and aren't getting any rides! ha

LDP = Lie Down Paddling

Also, 771... some good points, however most surfers are not very good surfers. So...

 

 COMMENT 511792 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 03:13 PM

What are SUPs you ask? It's like Barno... Barnyard... a haole to the max, a kook in and out of the water.

 

 COMMENT 511795 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 03:31 PM

Never talk about the following on Edhat:

Religion
Politics
Stand Up Paddleboarding

 

 COMMENT 511796 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 03:33 PM

Need an oar? Stay ashore.

 

 COMMENT 511797 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 03:34 PM

Rule #1 of Edhat... you do not talk about Edhat.

 

 COMMENT 511807 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 04:37 PM

anyone who doesn't know what they're doing or lacking basic lineup etiquette is a hazard. SUP's are more difficult to control, larger and heavier, they're more dangerous when a beginner enters a surf break on one.

SUPs also appeal to novices, prone surfing is more difficult. the problem is you miss out on learning the fundamentals of surfing if you skip the soft top, longboard, funboard, fish, shortboard progression of water craft. you won't learn how to read the waves, feel what the ocean is communicating, where you belong in a lineup or how properly surf the wave with your legs if you go straight from sitting on the beach to trying to SUP surf.

pay your dues in the water and you'll be rewarded. people who start surfing on a SUP just stab the wave face awkwardly & run away from the power source, hardly surfing. so many novice SUPers surf like this i've taken to dropping in behind them as they always run away from the best part of the wave anyhow.

 

 COMMENT 511836P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-17 09:40 PM

Why so many mean spirited people against SUPs?

It's a really big ocean and you're NOT the only person who's important.

At least they're out there exercising and having fun.

Chill pill time.

Oh, how would it make you feel if it was the other way around? That's what I thought. :-)

 

 COMMENT 511848P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 06:32 AM

I don't mind SUP's paddling in the open ocean, but I dislike it when they camp out on a break and hog all the waves, which many of them tend to do. That's the basic problem I have with them.

 

 COMMENT 511899 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-18 10:43 AM

I surf and and I still love to SUP. I get the annoyance, but I don't understand or like the juvenile bullying of SUPers by many in the surf crowd. I guess it stems from the general juvenile attitude of many surfers. I lose respect for anyone using terms like "barny" and "kook". Those terms really say more about the person using it than their intended target.

That said, it's our responsibility share the ocean. I find many SUPs pretty aware and respectful of the lineup. Also, no one should really complain at places like leadbetter and mondos. But, don't hesitate to tell someone if they're being unsafe. Everyone has to learn somehow. Beginners are best to stay away from others in the water.

 

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