Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and, after the inclusion of surfing, is one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport. Coincidently (or maybe not) the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has recently challenged the idea that the International Surfing Association (ISA) is the world governing body for the sport. So, who should rule SUP: surfers or canoeists? The ISA has been running stand-up paddleboarding events and world championships for over a decade.
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Who should rule SUP: surfers or canoeists?
If you’re a surfer, a parent, or a regular beachgoer, you’ve probably witnessed a few unpleasant situations involving surf instructors and their pupils. Some say teaching is an art; for others, it is a science. But you can’t teach someone to surf if you’re not a credible leader. And when it comes to learning to ride a wave, surf schools have a tremendous responsibility. Surf instructors are a fundamental part of the learning experience. For many novice surfers, private lessons are the best way to evolve quickly with a trusted professional.
Five mistakes surf instructors shouldn’t make
Let’s be honest. Going from a longboard to a shortboard is a slow and tricky process. Learn how and when to make the transition with a few useful and practical tips. Initially, you’ll feel like you’re starting all over again. No worries, though. You won’t need to relearn how to stand up on a surfboard. The only thing you’ll need to train is your muscle memory. If you’ve just learned how to pop up on a foamie, there’s still a road ahead before transitioning from a beginner board – traditionally sized between 7’5” and 9′ – to the classic shortboard.
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How to transition from a longboard to a shortboard
When summer kicks in, waves go on vacation. Learn what you can do to live through flat surfing days. There’s always a time in our lives when we can’t live without surfing. It fills our days, and we became slightly obsessed with the ritual of checking the forecast, packing up, and searching for idyllic, silky smooth, uncrowded lineups. And you could say summer is a summer sport. At least, it feels great to ride a perfect, transparent waves in a cool-to-warm ocean.
What to do when the surf is flat
The ISA World Surfing Games are set to return to the French town of Biarritz for the first time since the historic edition in 1980. Tom Curren won the World Junior Surfing Championship 37 years ago and went on to conquer three world titles in 1985, 1986, and 1990. The American is the only surfer to be crowned world champion in the Junior (1980), Open (1982), and Masters (2011) divisions. “I was really honored to get the invitation to be an Honorary Patron of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games. I’ve spent a lot of time in Biarritz, so it means a lot to me. I have a lot of fond memories of my time in France. It gives me another reason to come back,” explains Tom Curren.
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Biarritz welcomes the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games