What makes WOW Walk On Water SUP’s a great buy?

We are able to sell to you top quality Hawaiian designed hand crafted Stand Up Paddle boards, made out of quality materials, our Stand Up Paddle boards have been tested and researched for the last 6years in the Hawaiian islands, these boards are padded and come fully equipped with fins a full carbon fiber paddle, a 10’ leash ready for you to start your adventure ‘Walking On Water’ we can sell direct to you as we design, manufacture, wholesale, distribute and retail… SO our price is ‘factory direct to you’

Our WOW Walk On Water Stand Up Paddle boards are suited for the novice to experienced flat water paddler to the seasoned/hardcore surfer/big wave rider, we also have down wind ocean paddlers and surf cross racer’s. So you don’t even need to have waves to enjoy our SUP’s

How and what are your boards made from?

Our boards are all hand shaped using closed cell polystyrene foam, hand glassed and finished with epoxy resin fiber glass, with wooden stringers, 1×3 FCS fin system

We use the best quality IXPS closed cell polystyrene foam (this means that it will not take in water) this is lightweight and strong.

All of our SUP boards have a 4mm maple stringer this provides strength and controlled flex.

Our boards have been designed with the novice to experienced rider/surfer in mind and also the layback flat-water paddler or the ocean downwind racer.

It is all a matter of weight verses water displacement verses experience. The novice rider the bigger the board the more fun you are going to have learning everything you will need to know about Stand Up Paddle, and the bigger board well it’s a “keeper” for family and friends to use. The intermediate rider when you paddle out for the first time you should feel your ability is challenged, again this may depend on your weight to the size of the board.  The experienced rider you choose the board that you want and I will endeavor to custom make for you.

Where is the best place to learn how to SUP?

Paddleboards can be paddled on any body of water, when you are first learning it is better to spend some time in flat calm water this is where you can work on your balance, paddle stroke and turning maneuvers, give yourself plenty of room to move around also try to make sure the first time you try Stand Up Paddle there is little or no wind, and have fun, smile a lot and laugh out loud… It is also a great idea to have a Stand Up Paddle lesson.

Remember… look up stay up

How do I Paddle?

Hold the paddle with one hand about half way down the shaft and the other hand on the top handle of the paddle. The aim is to pull yourself towards the paddle rather than have the paddle pull you, as the paddle moves past your body pick it up out of the water rotate the blade and bring it toward you in the air back to the starting position, then just repeat this stroke, when you see that the board is moving in one direction swap hands and paddle on the other side of the board, so when you are paddling on your left side your right hand will be on the top handle of the paddle and when you are paddling on the right side your left hand will be on top handle of the paddle.

How do I learn to SUP Surf?

Firstly make sure you have put in the hours flat water training and are proficient at paddling and turning, ask more experienced SUP Surfers for the tricks and techniques.  

Once you feel comfortable with you board and ability, find a un- crowded wave, and start off on smaller waves being consciously aware of what and who else is around you and “go for it”.

Where do I place my feet on the board?

Novice Place both feet parallel on the board in the “sweet spot” (this will vary abit but is usually in the centre of the board, just back from the handle) shoulder width apart, for more balance and stability bend your knees this will lower your centre of gravity, and help absorb movement, tuck your tailbone under, lift your back up straight looking forward, try to make your feet feel light on the board.

Advanced your dominant foot moves back you move your toes this will allow you to move your feet around the board.  Stand Up Paddle boards are wider and generally bigger boards so your feet need to move.

How do I turn my board?

The learner’s technique The backward paddle stroke is probably the easiest way to turn your board

With both feet parallel and the board forward, to turn right put the paddle at the tail end of the board, then pull the paddle through the water to the nose of the board using short stokes repeat this motion & the board with turn to the right repeat the same small backward pulling stokes to the nose of the board on the left side of the board if you want to turn to the left

The advanced technique When you have forward motion, to turn right slip your right foot back to the tail shift your weight onto that foot this will lift the nose up use small quick strokes on the front left side of the board complete your turn then step right foot forward to your parallel stance once you have completed your turn. 

Remember… look up stay up 

When learning to Stand Up Paddle I can’t stress enough the importance of being conscious of your surroundings and respect for your fellow water men/women it’s all about sharing, caring and having fun.

What sort of paddle should I use?

There are a few different paddles out there; the most important thing about the paddle is to make sure that it fits your size, strength and ability.

For wave surfing you want a shorter paddle, distance paddling a longer paddle but for the all round Stand Up Paddler the Hawai’ian style paddle measurement is the best…

Place the blade onto the ground at your feet with the uncut shaft reaching above your head, make a shaka with your right hand and extend the shaka vertically with your thumb resting between your eyes, where your little finger is vertically touching the paddle shaft this is where you want to cut the shaft, tape the shaft to mark it, cut it and attach the handle.

You can buy paddle blade edge protectors or you can use your kiwi ingenuity and use electrical tape, run this around the edge of the blade.

Giving RESPECT…

The Stand Up Paddle boards today allow you to catch waves a lot earlier than even the long boarders, this is great but you need to remember to give respect and share the waves otherwise you will cause havoc with the other surfer’s in the water, use your elevated position to call the sets, don’t steal all of the waves just have FUN and as you have a paddle you can go and check out other breaks, which may never have been ridden before.  In Hawaiian we call this “surfing with ALOHA” it’s all about being conscious and sharing, this way as the sport grows the respect will come from the other water users, so “give respect to gain respect”

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