Big boards are better… well, for me they are. I got into stand up paddle boarding for something else to do, when there were no waves for surfing, like many of you. I hacked in the beginning and had to prone into my first few waves, but when I got my first wave standing on that Coreban 11’6 Cruiser, and felt that glide… I was hooked. One session later I was down to a 10’ Coreban Icon, 2 weeks later on a 9 ft Fusion, and then on to the Coreban 8’5 Nitro, where I remained for a good year.

Then the sport blew up, new technologies, more progression in performance and design, and I joined the masses in chasing the shortboard dream. Dropping inches and liters every chance I got, I loved it. The maneuverability was awesome and turned better than my surfboard, until I went too far and found myself prone paddling between sets, sitting on my bum out back, and missing more waves than I was used to. I then realized, I had become picky. Not surfing on days that would have been all-time on that old 11’6 Coreban Cruiser. Don’t get me wrong, progression is key for any sport to evolve, but for me, and my personal enjoyment, I had crossed a line, trying to get to that unobtainable level. I found I was not getting those cheap thrills, like dodging surfers while their lives flash before their eyes, as you glide down the line on a small country. Stand up paddling is more than any one element; it’s the diversity that catches us, from paddling around between sets, looking at the fish to  cruising between outer reefs and surfing empty waves (which admittedly are not that great, but they are all yours). That is what made me fall for stand up paddling and that is what keeps me coming back.

I’m not saying don’t go shorter; just figure out what you want out of your paddling. What keeps you coming back for more? And what gives you the stoke? Figure that out and every session will be a good one! Either that or I am just lazy 😉

 

See you on the Water

Aloha.

 

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California in the Mist

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Kamikaze Kim trimming down the line on her 9’0 Coreban California

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Banking off the bottom on the backhand, Ty sets up for another wave

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California carving, big boards turn too!

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Ty off the top

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5 over the Nose and flying down the line on a little pearler

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Tom with a little two-step