Discover the beautiful ocean, estuaries and rivers in Karamea, while getting exercise and having fun
SURF & SUPS
SUPS - Stand Up Paddle Surfing
Stand-up paddle surfing may sound like a scene from a screwball comedy, but no one's laughing in a sports and fitness industry that has hit the recession skids as hard as any other business.
SUP, as it's called for short, looks exactly as it sounds: you stand on a large surfboard and propel yourself forward with a paddle. But, unlike traditional surfing, you don't have to wait for the waves. In fact, SUP, which is wildly popular, can be done on lakes, rivers, pools or any sufficiently large body of water.
“The best surfer out there is the one having
the most fun.” Phil Edwards
ABOUT KARAMEA SURF AND SUPS
Tucked away in one of NZ’s last hidden magical spots far from the busy tourist routes Karamea Surf and SUPs is here to connect you with the unique beauty of north Westland’s pristine beaches, rivers and waterways. Whether it’s surfing in the ocean or stand-up paddle boarding on the rivers and estuaries we can help you find your happy place amongst this incredible environment. Learn to surf or stand-up paddle board or even discover it on your own by renting or hiring - all the gear you will need is available.
Hi, I’m Mark and I’ve been surfing for 30 years with plenty of experience throughout NZ and the world. I want to share with you the enjoyment of surfing and stand-up paddle boarding in an area that is one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. Come and join me.
50$ PER PERSON FOR 2 HOURS
INCLUDES LESSONS AND EQUIPMENT HIRE
This two hour class aims to teach the basics of surfing quickly and with plenty of fun. The first half hour is spent on land discussing the in’s and out’s of surf technique. The remainder of the time is spent in the water.
We pride ourselves in our success rate on teaching people to stand in their first lesson.
All equipment is included. We use ‘softtop’ mini malibu style surfboards and 3/2 mm Seventhwave wetsuits to make your first surf experience as safe and comfortable as possible.
50$ PER PERSON FOR 2 HOURS
INCLUDES LESSONS AND EQUIPMENT HIRE
SURFING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
GET A SOFT-TOP SURFBOARD
There's a reason that those “Wavestorm” surfboards are the best-selling surfboards in the world — they're a lot of fun and a great entry-level board. When you're just learning, your board is inevitably going to hit you. But fret not — with a soft top, your body will be able to take the abuse.
SURF SOMEWHERE WITH FEW PEOPLE AROUND
You may want to take on the more popular spots in your area, but popular spots are frequented by surfers who have most likely been there for years and are going to get the best waves. Start somewhere off the beaten path that isn't crowded — you'll get more waves and, as a result, get better, faster.
PRACTICE YOUR POP UP
It may look dorky, but take a few minutes on the beach to work on popping up on your board. Lay your board in the sand (dig a little hole for your fins to sit in so they don't break off) and lay down on it.
The key to standing up on a wave is a quick and fluid pop up — think of it as a real quick, yet controlled, push-up. Perfect the motion on the beach, and it will come to you much easier when you're in the surf.
FIND THAT SWEET SPOT WHEN PADDLING
You always see beginner surfers paddling too far back on their boards, making it do a wheelie and the going slow. On the flip side, some beginners paddle too far up on their boards, making the nose poke underwater. What you need to do is find that sweet spot in the middle, mark it with a piece of wax and make sure to paddle in that position.
STAY PERPENDICULAR TO THE WHITEWASH
This is one that my dad taught me years ago and still holds true. Think about it: If you and your board are caught horizontally by a wave, you're going to get clobbered and pushed toward shore. Instead, knife through whitewash as you're paddling out by taking it straight on and with your body nice and low to your board.
TAKE THAT EXTRA PADDLE
This is a tip that can be applied to surfers of all levels. When you're paddling for a wave and feel the energy of it start to lift you into it, take one more strong paddle. The extra velocity will make it so you're not stuck at the top of the wave, making the drop much easier.
BEND THE KNEES, NOT YOUR BACK
When you do get to your feet on a wave, make sure to bend your knees, as opposed to hunching your back over. You have way better balance with your knees bent and absorbing the energy of the wave. Plus, back bent and knees straight is plain bad style.
Let's face it — you're going to fall. And when you do, the best way to not injure yourself is to fall nice and flat. Never dive headfirst off your board; try to flop onto your side or back. Even jumping off feet first can be dangerous due to the uneven nature of the seafloor.When you're breaking the surface after falling, put your arms and hands in front of your face and over your head — you never know if your board is going to come rocketing back at you.
This is by far the most important tip for any beginner surfer (and the main reason we do it). You're going to wipe out, get in people's way and generally kook out as you learn to surf. But that's fine — everyone had to start somewhere!
SUPS TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
GET THE RIGHT BOARD
Choosing the right board will make all the difference. Raceboards, inflatables and touring boards are not built for surfing and will only stifle your progress. When choosing your first SUP surfboard, you’ll want a board that is buoyant and stable. This means a board in the eight- to ten-foot range, approximately 30 inches wide and with a volume of 140 to 200 liters. It’s also important to have enough rocker-the bottom curve of the board from the nose to the tail-so that you don’t bury the nose at the bottom of every wave.
When in doubt, it’s best to talk to a local shaper who will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. It’s also a good idea to demo a couple different boards-either from a friend or at demo zones at events such as #PPG2017. This will give you a feel for the different types of boards out there and help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your first sled. Lastly, remember to always wear a leash to protect both yourself and those surfing around you.
PADDLING THROUGH THE SURF
Now that you have the right board, it’s time to catch a few waves. But before you go bounding off into the water, it’s a good idea to scout the waves so you know where to paddle out. If it’s your first time SUP surfing, avoid crowded areas and look for a spot with gentle waves. Also keep an eye out for other hazards including submerged rocks, shallow beach break, or swimmers.
The key is to paddle hard into the whitewash putting weight on your back foot to pop the board over the foam, and then use your momentum to punch through. You’ll find leaning back substantially actually helps you mount and then overcome the whitewater. A more advanced technique involves angling the face of the board toward the wave by pushing one rail down in the water with your foot. Known as edging, this helps deflect some of the wave energy as you near the crest. Also don’t ever let go of your paddle, having to retrieve it on the shore is both annoying and makes you look extra kooky.
Once you gain more experience, catching waves on a SUP is much easier than on a traditional board. But until you know what you’re doing, just getting the board pointed in the right direction is a challenge. The key is to start slow and be methodical in the waves you choose.
To make faster turns you’ll need to master the pivot turn, which makes the board easier to rotate. This technique involves stepping back on the tail of the board to lift the nose clear of the water and then paddling on the opposite side of the direction you want to turn.
A common mistake is that if you start paddling for a wave with your board pointed to shore-like you would on a prone surfboard-the board will turn away from where you want to go. A better technique is to turn into the wave as it approaches. This means paddling parallel to the wave before taking a few hard strokes (either left or right depending which direction you want to go on the wave) to turn towards the beach as the wave gets close. While turning towards the beach, you’ll also want to move your feet from parallel into surf stance so you can brace for the sudden acceleration of catching the wave.
Now that you’ve caught the wave, you’ll find riding it is actually easiest of all. Despite having a paddle and a larger board, your surfing instincts will take over. In fact, having a paddle allows you to not only stay in mushy waves and get to that nice inside section, but digging your blade in the water can help you make tighter turns and better keep your balance.
The best strategy to improve is to practice, practice, practice. If you put in the time and effort, you’ll become more familiar with all of these techniques until eventually they’re second nature. Until then, have fun and remember that even the best SUP surfers started somewhere.
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As a qualified neuromuscular therapist and surfer of long experience, I recognise that surfing and stand-up paddle boarding require similar core strengths and contrasting muscular movements and/or range of motions. Different exercises and stretches can help the novice and experienced surfer or stand-up paddle boarder become a stronger, more flexible proponent of their chosen sport.
Here at Karamea Surf and SUPs we want to help you become the best you can be come game day, whether you’re just starting out or a more seasoned enthusiast. Being fit, flexible and prepared is a great way to excel in any chosen pursuit.
Below are a number of exercises and stretches that will help take your surfing or stand-up paddle boarding to the next level.
Karamea, situated at the end of the road in the top of South Island’s north Westland surrounded by the native forest of the Kahurangi National Park on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. With its own sub-tropical feeling and beautiful surroundings Karamea has a wonderful array of natural features and spectacles. Whether you're a tramper, caver, botanist, geologist, hunter, fisherman, kayaker, surfer, SUP enthusiast, mountain biker, keen photographer or just looking for a quiet, unspoilt spot or quality family holiday, Karamea has it all.
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