Sup Surf Foiling Tips from Connor Baxter

Wondering what all the buzz is about surrounding the sport of SUP surf foiling? We asked Salt Life team member, Connor Baxter, for some insight on the sport and tips on the best way to get started.

What is SUP Surf Foiling?

“The closest thing to flying.” That’s how Connor describes SUP surf foiling (also called “foiling” or just “foil”) and he’s not wrong. Take a look at what some of the pros do out on the open ocean and you’ll be itching to try it yourself. Fully powered by wind, foiling is the fastest water sport that isn’t powered by a motor or a sail, which makes it a truly unique adrenaline-filled sport.

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Avoid These 5 Things While Surfing; Advice From Colin McPhillips

If anyone knows what not to do while surfing, it’s Colin McPhillips. Colin is not only a three-time longboard champion, but he’s been surfing recreationally his whole life! Whether you are brand new to surfing, or have been catching waves for years, avoiding these five things can make any great day on the waves even better. 

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SUP Surfing Tips with Connor Baxter: A Beginners Guide to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

man surfing with paddle stick

New to stand up paddling? Be successful from the very start with these tips from SUP Racing World Champion, Connor Baxter!

Paddle Position & Length

Many novice stand up paddlers use their paddle backwards inadvertently. The blade of a paddle has a slight bend to it. When you’re on a board, you want to hold your paddle with the bend facing away from you. This will allow you to navigate more effectively through the water.

It’s also crucial to choose the right length paddle. Paddles that are too short can put a strain on your back, while paddles that are too long can strain your shoulders. If you’re going a shorter distance and want quicker strokes, consider a shorter paddle. On the other hand, for longer distances and strokes, a longer paddle is a better choice. 

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