- LEASH – Wear a leash to avoid unintended iron man swims for your life.
- ROCKER – Get a true downwind board to feel a glide. Otherwise, say “hello” to frustration and a thorough saltwater nasal clense.
- BALANCE – Get a board that you can easily stand and walk on. No one can think about downwind SUPing if they can’t even stand up. Start with a stable board.
- SAFETY – Take your favorite bathing suit model (what we mean here is “legitimate guide”) with you that knows the route and/or be very confident you know your route. Avoid unnecessary tea parties with the nice folks in the Coast Guard.
- TIMING – When the tip of your board is on the back of a swell, paddle like Kai Lenny. Always look forward, following waves.
- FOLLOW WAVES, that is how you catch glides. You want your board “nipping” at the back of a swell in front of you.
- CONNECTING – Once you can catch one glide, and good luck at this, catch the next by directionally surfing your board behind the next swell you can see. If you can do this, and do it well, go race in Hawaii; this is what separates land lubbers from waterpeople.
- LAUGH – You will fall, you may bleed, but, to date, the only sport we are aware of where you will be unable to control your inner child and scream like joy. Then laugh that you, as an adult, still can do that.
Have fun, be safe!