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What led people to SUP surfing.

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Created by lam Two weeks ago, 6 May 2019
rockmagnet
QLD, 1176 posts
9 May 2019 1:44PM
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At 60 I got really sore in the groin and could not sit on my mal. eventually could not get up off the board without kneeling on one knee and then standing up. Just did not work on fast breaking Burleigh point so I bought a sup. Was told I had gone over to the dark side but in reality I saw the light. Still going at 70 but not as hard as I used to. I've got two 12'6 race boards and a 9'2 Sunova Speeed. Love the smaller glassy days.

DaveSandan
VIC, 790 posts
9 May 2019 4:43PM
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Rode a knee board from 18-25yrs of age then got married and surfing slowed down a fair bit, the ex did not like me going off with the boys all day. Had 4 kids and worked and worked to feed them and pay a mortgage so no time to surf any more. Moved to Perth to buy a business, no time to surf or live and 10years flew by and the kids grew up and still no time and the ex still did not like me doing stuff without her.
Left the wife and came back to Melbourne got re married and was in Noosa on a regular holiday and saw a SUP rental trailer 3 years ago on the beach. It gave me that connection I missed for many years, the water, waves, skimpy bikini's, everything that made you feel like fun.
Was never able to stand and surf until I got a SUP and am still no good but over Easter at Noosa I got reasonable at catching some really fun waves. Not interested in hassling or catching the big stuff just want to cruise the wall and chill. Have a 10fter 14 fter and 3 paddles and wondering what to buy next and love DWers, long distance paddling and occasionally waves what ever happens on the day. Best thing I have done over the past 3 years with the exception of marrying my lovely wife??

wazza66
QLD, 457 posts
10 May 2019 7:03PM
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Totally smashed my shoulder joint off the right side and can't rotate my right shoulder back in 98. Was always a short board surfer and longtime ski and outrigger paddler.
Tried knee boarding and didn't enjoy it then my mate from Hawaii emailed me pictures of Laird and Blane Chambers riding these big boards with their outrigger paddles. Made a 10.6 board and timber paddle and away I went and that was 13 years ago now. Owned boards from 17 Naish down to 7.10 Smik and totally hooked . When I started shortboard blokes where looking at me and were very curious so offered them a go and none could standup No agro then only curiousity.
Then not long after the sport exploded . Been fortunate enough to have been involved in the sport since its infancy and watched it take off.

supthecreek
1706 posts
13 May 2019 10:38AM
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Surfer since 1964
My entire life was designed so I could surf all day, every day.
Even after marriage, kids and opening a business.. all days were reserved for surfing.

At 50, both my shoulders collapsed simultaneously, while teaching my 4 year old daughter to surf. They never really recovered.

After that, my "pop-up" was basically "let the board drop down the wave and try to land on it"
For the next 12 years, I could only surf on OH days
Less surf = more weight gain

Had zero interest in SUP, although I shared the line-up with them for several years.

Unable to pop-up on little summer waves, I finally decided to buy a SUP, just so I could surf in the small summer conditions.

ha ha.. I never even thought about prone surfing again.
I wish I had found this when I was 40 instead of 62.
SUP adds SO much to the surfing experience... I can't imagine life without it!

My weight dropped from 130 kg to 95 kg in 3 months.
SUP is more than simple fun. it's life altering

I became an ex-has been... I was able to surf daily again!!!

The past 9 years of SUP surfing has led me around the world, chasing surf and meeting all the wonderful characters in our great sport!

At 71 years old, I am more stoked than ever.. with SUP driving the ship.





t457118
100 posts
13 May 2019 4:23PM
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Great yarn Creek. Thats another guy in the first pic. I think he played in the front row for the All Blacks.

micksmith
VIC, 1297 posts
13 May 2019 7:11PM
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t457118 said..
Great yarn Creek. Thats another guy in the first pic. I think he played in the front row for the All Blacks.


Now explain to him what an all black is without him thinking you're racist

supthecreek
1706 posts
13 May 2019 6:49PM
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ha ha.... I spent a month in NZ, but never got drafted by the team.

Fitzsup
NSW, 81 posts
14 May 2019 9:46AM
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ha ha.... I spent a month in NZ, but never got drafted by the team.


Class act sup the creek,keep it up ,love your travelogues and board reviews

copperdog1
VIC, 14 posts
14 May 2019 8:02PM
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Love the before and after shot, better than Jenny Craig!

Lucyloo
VIC, 135 posts
14 May 2019 9:28PM
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I took up sup riding as i really enjoy the challenge of learning something new where my good paddling mate Hutchy took it up inspired after watching the great action in The DJ film clips. Guess we all have different reasons and drivers but theres no doubt you can turn average surfing conditions into great fun.Enjoy

GizzieNZ
3825 posts
15 May 2019 11:39AM
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Tardy said..
A great subject.
i stopped prone surfing 10 years ago ,because my back couldn't handle it after rupturing it twice ...I tried to surf again ,but after 1 hour I had to come in ,the back bending upward was stuffing me .
i brought a SUP in2014 ,i caught a wave on it 2 weeks later ...and thought ,this is easy ,and no back pain .
25 boards later ,here I am ..


(I think it could be more than 25 )but still have 10 .


twenty five boards.....oh wow.....think 10 or 12 for me but still have 4

bearbusa
QLD, 281 posts
15 May 2019 4:56PM
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Just about to turn 63 this year, surfed all my life and started kitesurfing as well 20 years ago,
Wanted my wife to get in the water around 8 years ago a bit more as her surfing skills were a bit ,lets say tired so started SUP together , now she loves it and i have the choice of
Great waves ,go surfing , no short boards these days ,got to love the mid lenghts
Windy grab a kite
Both of the above and when flat, grab the SUP and the boss as well,
actually she Sup,s better than me so a win win and never have a problem heading to the beach allways happy to come or let me go

Probably sup more than the other these days as the boss drags me out now

Live every day ,until we drophopefully still doing it all for another 10 years at least

bearbusa
QLD, 281 posts
15 May 2019 5:04PM
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bearbusa said..
Just about to turn 63 this year, surfed all my life and started kitesurfing as well 20 years ago,
Wanted my wife to get in the water around 8 years ago a bit more as her surfing skills were a bit ,lets say tired so started SUP together , now she loves it and i have the choice of
Great waves ,go surfing , no short boards these days ,got to love the mid lenghts
Windy grab a kite
Both of the above and when flat, grab the SUP and the boss as well,
actually she Sup,s better than me so a win win and never have a problem heading to the beach allways happy to come or let me go

Probably sup more than the other these days as the boss drags me out now

Live every day ,until we drophopefully still doing it all for another 10 years at least


One other great thing about supping is the crew has been around a bit and mostly know surf rules etc unlike some of the lets say younger generation that would have had their heads ripped off years ago in the line up

Have never had a bad word said to me in or on the water from any SUP rider

bearbusa
QLD, 281 posts
15 May 2019 5:04PM
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bearbusa said..
Just about to turn 63 this year, surfed all my life and started kitesurfing as well 20 years ago,
Wanted my wife to get in the water around 8 years ago a bit more as her surfing skills were a bit ,lets say tired so started SUP together , now she loves it and i have the choice of
Great waves ,go surfing , no short boards these days ,got to love the mid lenghts
Windy grab a kite
Both of the above and when flat, grab the SUP and the boss as well,
actually she Sup,s better than me so a win win and never have a problem heading to the beach allways happy to come or let me go

Probably sup more than the other these days as the boss drags me out now

Live every day ,until we drophopefully still doing it all for another 10 years at least


One other great thing about supping is the crew has been around a bit and mostly know surf rules etc unlike some of the lets say younger generation that would have had their heads ripped off years ago in the line up

Have never had a bad word said to me in or on the water from any SUP rider

kato
VIC, 2445 posts
15 May 2019 9:27PM
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Windsurfed and surfed forever but started to struggle more and more with paddling out until It just became too painful. I'd had two car v bike accidents and that last one damaged my shoulder. Rotations not good anymore.
Windsurfing just took over and I'd do other things during the doldrums.
Then I went to Indo and had a few surfs in the warm water and found that I could paddle for about 1/2hr. Re Hooked .
Convinced the family that a SUP would be great for our flat water but a wavey one would work for both ??.
Took ages to get enough core strength to survive the open ocean but I love it. Even started doing SUPsurf comps.
I miss the late takeoffs, duck diving and having an affordable 3 board quiver but love the extended wave count .
Most in the lineup have no issues with the boat, any grumps usually come from the Sunday surfers.
Most locals don't care what you ride as long as you have fun and share the stoke

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1761 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 1:22PM
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A dodgy back, taking ages to get to my feel, being cold in the water, and catching too few waves made me try it.

But then I was hooked. And my life changed. I often ask the question why...

Before then I was working 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week on my business - for many years. Plenty of stress and travel and zero time for anything else.

But then I got pretty sick - things didn't look good. When I was healthy enough I tried a SUP. So, did my "near death" experience make me change my life, or did the fun of sup surfing make me change my priorities? Not sure.

I do know I haven't surfed much the past couple of months so I need to take a long hard look at myself...I have about 15 boards that aren't getting much use...

Nugdam
QLD, 258 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 1:56PM
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Fell off a ladder and fractured my shoulder LH shoulder and my radial head on my RH...

Took me ages to recover and couldn't prone paddle for a long period. Started to use a sup and have not looked back.

Ishie
NSW, 12 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 3:46PM
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Lots of people seem to have got into it through injuries! Slightly different route for me: I had seen people doing it, and then found an old windsurfer board on the side of the road, and so made myself a paddle and started paddling on the flat. I was an OK surfer, so I then tried the windsurfer board in some small waves, and that was bloody hard, but I was intrigued, so bought myself my first 'proper' board, and as everyone has said, I haven't looked back - down to an 8'3' now.
There are so many good points: I love getting lots of waves; that you can have a great session in rubbish surf; that I can surf away from the crowd; I like the fitness part of it - just how strong you get; and I like it that just getting out the back and standing there waiting for waves is part of the skill. All of it.

Gboots
NSW, 641 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 3:52PM
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cantSUPenough said..
A dodgy back, taking ages to get to my feel, being cold in the water, and catching too few waves made me try it.

But then I was hooked. And my life changed. I often ask the question why...

Before then I was working 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week on my business - for many years. Plenty of stress and travel and zero time for anything else.

But then I got pretty sick - things didn't look good. When I was healthy enough I tried a SUP. So, did my "near death" experience make me change my life, or did the fun of sup surfing make me change my priorities? Not sure.

I do know I haven't surfed much the past couple of months so I need to take a long hard look at myself...I have about 15 boards that aren't getting much use...


Happy for you to donate those unloved Acid's mate

MangoDingo
NT, 236 posts
Thursday , 16 May 2019 5:35PM
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Gboots said..

cantSUPenough said..
A dodgy back, taking ages to get to my feel, being cold in the water, and catching too few waves made me try it.

But then I was hooked. And my life changed. I often ask the question why...

Before then I was working 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week on my business - for many years. Plenty of stress and travel and zero time for anything else.

But then I got pretty sick - things didn't look good. When I was healthy enough I tried a SUP. So, did my "near death" experience make me change my life, or did the fun of sup surfing make me change my priorities? Not sure.

I do know I haven't surfed much the past couple of months so I need to take a long hard look at myself...I have about 15 boards that aren't getting much use...



Happy for you to donate those unloved Acid's mate


... Or that 14' Search CSE

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1761 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 11:41AM
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MangoDingo said..


Gboots said..

Happy for you to donate those unloved Acid's mate


... Or that 14' Search CSE


Any time you guys want to borrow them, just drop around

MangoDingo
NT, 236 posts
Friday , 17 May 2019 12:36PM
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cantSUPenough said..

MangoDingo said..




Gboots said..


Happy for you to donate those unloved Acid's mate



... Or that 14' Search CSE



Any time you guys want to borrow them, just drop around


Awesome mate - I'll be home in Mornington for Christmas this year so I'll have to drop you a line to say gday!
Grab a coffee in Flinders and go and snag a few down the 'Left!

Inspirational story by the way CSE - it's always good to hear people overcoming gnarly illness and powering on stronger than ever. I always find it funny how the ocean often plays such a large part in our healing too.

Take it easy man - and dust off that Search!

PJRatpatrol
22 posts
Saturday , 18 May 2019 5:58AM
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First time I saw a SUP was some guy in a Suit paddling down the Yarra outside Southbank in Melbourne.Obviously a promo or something, I thought "what a nob , hope he falls in"
Windsurfed heaps so would hardly see them on the bay when the wind was up.
Joined a sailing club for the kids to get into and then started seeing more on the bay, usually posers with a dog or small kid on the front. The Nob thoughts still remained
Went up to Bataeu Bay north of Sydney for work was having breakfast at the Surf Club and saw these guys out having a hoot. They were carving it up and having a great time.
When they came in I was surprised that they were all old fat bastards like me. I thought got to give this a go, so convinced myself, bought a Sunova one and stated having fun

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1761 posts
Saturday , 18 May 2019 12:54PM
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MangoDingo said..

cantSUPenough said..


MangoDingo said..






Gboots said..



Happy for you to donate those unloved Acid's mate




... Or that 14' Search CSE




Any time you guys want to borrow them, just drop around



Awesome mate - I'll be home in Mornington for Christmas this year so I'll have to drop you a line to say gday!
Grab a coffee in Flinders and go and snag a few down the 'Left!

Inspirational story by the way CSE - it's always good to hear people overcoming gnarly illness and powering on stronger than ever. I always find it funny how the ocean often plays such a large part in our healing too.

Take it easy man - and dust off that Search!


Thanks mate - see you next Christmas!

Gandalf
WA, 84 posts
Saturday , 18 May 2019 10:18PM
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Hip problem caused pain straddling shortboard, had hip replacement, pain gone until other hip started to play up. Thought longboard might be the answer but didn't like it. Tried SUP thinking it would be easy -wrong but got hooked! Now had other hip replaced and have no thought of giving up. Love being able to surf in just about any size surf (as long as it's not too big!)

MattBailey
NSW, 45 posts
Tuesday , 21 May 2019 6:42PM
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Started for the fitness, stayed for the challenge! Totally hooked. no shortboards in my house anymore #goneallin

Gboots
NSW, 641 posts
Tuesday , 21 May 2019 8:23PM
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Gandalf said..
Hip problem caused pain straddling shortboard, had hip replacement, pain gone until other hip started to play up. Thought longboard might be the answer but didn't like it. Tried SUP thinking it would be easy -wrong but got hooked! Now had other hip replaced and have no thought of giving up. Love being able to surf in just about any size surf (as long as it's not too big!)


I have been having hip pain over the last month. Sciatica most likely. Only feel good after I go for a SUS. Sitting down at work and driving car is the issue .

Eski
WA, 55 posts
Tuesday , 21 May 2019 6:52PM
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Gboots said..

Gandalf said..
Hip problem caused pain straddling shortboard, had hip replacement, pain gone until other hip started to play up. Thought longboard might be the answer but didn't like it. Tried SUP thinking it would be easy -wrong but got hooked! Now had other hip replaced and have no thought of giving up. Love being able to surf in just about any size surf (as long as it's not too big!)



I have been having hip pain over the last month. Sciatica most likely. Only feel good after I go for a SUS. Sitting down at work and driving car is the issue .

GBoots

stand-up... desk (had you excited there with that intro)

Cheers
Esk



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