Intermediate SUP Skills
Take your skills to the next level learning to paddle further with less effort. Learn the cross bow, pivot turn and much more.
Take your skills to the next level with intermediate sup techniques such as the cross bow, pivot/buoy turns, paddling in wind, over boat wakes and walking on the board.
Non-athletic, dyslexic and lacking good instruction, like many, I struggled to stand on a SUP the first time in 2007 on vacation in Hawaii.
Not willing to give up, I continued to work on it at home in Seattle. Applying skills learned from over a decade of sea, surf and whitewater kayaking, I discovered easy and effective methods for standing up and paddling with confidence.
In 2011, I wrote Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers for Mountaineers Books. This guidebook was intended to help new and experienced paddlers learn all aspects of SUP from the basics to open water touring. In 2012, I revised the 3rd edition of the NW classic paddling guide, Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, 60 Trips.
I started Salmon Bay Paddle in 2010 to provide personable expert SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve transformed lives by empowering and giving confidence to many who didn’t think they’d stand or enjoy being on the water.
Students have lost weight, increased their self-esteem, and have paddled in places and conditions they’d never imagined they’d be capable of. SUP has changed my life, so I love to share my knowledge and skills with students to help them become confident and skilled paddlers.
In 2013, I co-founded and am the former director for PSUPA (Professional Stand Up Paddle Association) which trains and certifies SUP instructors worldwide.
In 2016, I had pulmonary edema but luckily survived that to come back to mostly normal health in the year after. While still in the process of rebuilding confidence, in 2018 I signed up for my first endurance race, the Seventy48 Race (70 miles in 48hrs) from Tacoma to Port Townsend, WA. I completed half of the race both years.
My blog is a great resource for paddling tips on techniques and safety. I also contribute paddling articles for SUP Magazine, Stand Up Journal, Canoe Kayak, the Inertia, NW Yachting and Kenmore Air’s inflight magazine.
– Rob Casey
StartPre-Paddle and Post Paddle Stretches & Warm-Ups (5:28)
StartProne, Sitting and Kneeling for Wind Paddling (7:12)
StartHow to Safely Fall & Get Back on in any Conditions (4:28)
StartGet More Stability with Braces and Learn the Pivot / Buoy Turn (5:04)
StartDirectional Control - How to go Sideways, Backwards and Stop (3:01)
StartDirectional Control using Sweep Turns. Use Less Effort to Turn (2:11)
StartThe Forward Stroke and How to Paddle Straight. (12:21)
StartPaddling Over Boat Wakes and Small Waves (4:15)
Frequently Asked Questions
Thank-you for watching this course! Hopefully it was helpful to you. Feel free to send me feedback for improving the course. I'm also available for in-person instruction should you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest. Rob Casey