Intermediate SUP Skills
Take your skills to the next level learning to paddle further with less effort. Learn the pivot turn, how to walk on your board and much more.
Take your skills to the next level with intermediate sup techniques such as the pivot/buoy turns, paddling in wind, over boat wakes and walking on the board.
- Pre and post paddle stretches and warm-ups by fitness trainer and paddler Joe McColskey.
- Learn how to prone paddle for up-wind conditions, cross training and if you lose your paddle.
- Paddle efficiently and straight when sitting down and kneeling. Also essential skills for up-wind and rough water paddling.
- How to safely fall and get back on in any conditions.
- Get stability skills with bracing and momentum.
- Learn the pivot turn. Also called the kick back or buoy turn.
- Learn directional control - how to go sideways, backwards and stopping.
- More directional control with sweep turns. Learn to use minimal effort while turning.
- Learn powerful and low energy forward stroke for maximum speed and less injuries.
- Learn how to paddle straight which saves energy and will help you catch more waves and pass others in races.
- Learn why you don't need to turn in to a boat wake.
Bonus Material -
Save a life with the Flip Rescue and Towing! Learn these essential water safety skills!
Receive essential Downloads and Resources to help you plan trips, never forgot gear using check-lists and weather and wind apps.
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.
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)
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)
StartGet More Stability with Braces and Learn the Pivot Turn, also called the Kick Back or Buoy Turn (5:04)
StartPaddling Over Boat Wakes and Small Waves (4:15)
StartFootwork - Get More Control by Learning to Walk on your Board (2:23)
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