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SUP Downwinding

The summer period 2012 in the U.K has been relatively windy and recently we’ve had some great sea breezes blowing up around midday perfect for a SUP downwinder.
Those of you lucky enough to have a Longer distance board 11 or 12ft plus in length may have tried this type of stand up paddling.
Traditionally done on longer SUP boards which enable more speed and glide with each paddle stroke, the wind only serves to push you where you want to go even quicker.
In winds of over 20 mph and with some swell running in the same direction the idea is to paddle downwind of your starting point, you may be lucky enough to catch a ‘glide’ off one of these pieces of moving swell along the way….Its a rush !!

You’ll need to be a intermediate stand up paddler before even considering adding a downwinder to your Play time activities,
If you can easily paddle for 2 hours continuously you maybe ready, see if anyone wants to join a route you may have planned, however before you go there are some safety considerations which we’ve tried to point out here.

The conditions – Remember that the conditions change fast and vary as you travel down the coast from your start point.Check a few forecasts out to get a basis for what your Paddle may be like. The tides are another massive factor to consider…will they be dropping or falling ? You’ll need to consider access points where you may need to get out, You should wear boots incase you need to get out at a rocky spot, Your friends might look out for you, but if you’re paddling a big distance you could become separated. You should have the confidence that you’ll be able to handle everything you encounter, by yourself if needed.
Remember you can always drop to your knees if needed.

Equipment – Wear appropriate clothing and Neoprene. Always assume you’ll not have the energy to finish the paddle or may need to help someone else, you could be in the water for some time and become hypothermic in relative mild temps.
Spray cags keep the wind chill off you, alternatively you could wear a thin rain coat which will serve the same purpose.
Make sure your SUP leash is super strong and attached to the leash plug and properly knotted so it will NOT come undone. Consider adding a second tether tied loosely, so if the first fails the second keeps you attached.

Communication – Carry a VHF radio or mobile in a waterproof case, A hand flare may also be a good consideration if you need to contact the emergency services and mobile signal is bad.

Food Some energy food, such as fruit or chocolate and fluid is a necessity on long paddles

Wear a BRIGHT rash guard or T shirt ! It’s hard to see you out there!

Above all Look out for one another and if in doubt don’t go out !

On Gower we have a couple of routes which are great for a Downwind paddle, read about Tim’s paddle from Rhossili to Mumbles – GOWER DOWNWIND PADDLING

If you fancy giving Downwind paddling a go – e mail us at mail@supgower.com – we can provide all the equipment including a suitable 12’6 board for £85, distances may vary from 2 to 10 miles and we can pick a route you’re happy with stand up paddling.

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