Anytime Dave Kalama has something to say about stroke technique, I listen. This is a really short training video where Dave focuses on paddle entry and the biggest reason why you don’t want the splash. When I get this technique right, I call it “paddling stealth” because you don’t hear a thing when the paddle enters the water. Then I know I got a good catch and a follow up power stroke.

This is an excellent article written by my friend Tom Fu. It brings up many good points but the point that stands out to me is: Sure you can swim, but can you swim to save your life in the conditions you play in now? I really want to open ocean paddle and as a life long surfer I’ll bet my comfort level is a little too smug for actual offshore open ocean paddling. I currently play in the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean but am now rethinking my actual swimming and survival skills before I attempt to progress to even bigger endeavors. I wear a leash and a PFD no matter what, but when it comes to extended survival there’s going to be no bigger savior than distance swimming. Guess I’ll be hitting the pool this winter…

SUP BASICS: WHAT’S YOUR SWIM SCORE?