Monday, July 14, 2014

Next up for Chris Snake (You can thank me later, Mark Snake) 

Today was National Nude Day. So that makes tomorrow National Reupholster Your Office Chairs Day. 

With our good friends, Bill Snake, Chris Snake and their son, Marc Snake (no Caitlin Snake?),  Stand Up Paddle Boarding on a gorgeous lake in Vermont, here are some unsolicited SUP tips from your pal, Lex.

Unless you are going to surf, when it comes to board size, the bigger the better. (Sorry guys, but we all knew it was true) At least 12 feet long and 30 inches wide. Some pro racing boards are 15 feet long.

Paddle length should be just raising your hand without tilting your shoulders so you can grip the handle with the paddle on the ground. Too tall and you will be off balance from side to side, too short and you won’t get enough power and you’re have to bend over.

Use a leash. If you fall on a windy day and the board takes off, you will be in a world of hurt. Don’t try to swim with the paddle, it floats, so leave it and come back for it.

When you paddle, pretend you are trying to sneak up on someone. No splash on entry. Paddle blade is angled forward. Yes that seems counter-intuitive, like you should be able to scoop better with it angled towards you, but that is not the case.

The strong pulling on the paddle stroke does not begin until it gets to your feet. Pull/push hard and then, when the stroke is over, J it out. This will allow you to keep paddling on one side without switching as much.

Lean the board a little to the side you’re paddling on. (If you're paddling on the right, put a tad more weight on your right foot) This also keeps you on a straight line longer.

Duck your feet out a little. Bend your knees. Look up. When you want to turn faster, step back with one foot and sink the tail just a little. The wider the stroke out in front of you, the faster you will turn. (Proud to say at my last surf session, I was paddling back out, saw an awesome wave coming, stepped back, swiped the paddle in front, and did a 180 turn and caught the wave. Save your applause to the end . . . )