Sit Down Paddle Surf


I know the idea is to stand on the stand up paddle surfboard the whole session but when the wind is over 20 mph it is super hard. Hence, today was a sit down paddle surf session. When it’s really windy and there are a lot of people around I don’t like to stand while waiting for waves. Part of it is because it’s hard to balance. The other part is that I don’t want the board to fly and hit someone if I fall off.

I’m constantly amazed at how many waves can be caught in the sitting position and then jump up to your feet to surf. Yesterday I caught a wave sitting and lost my balance only to end up standing up using one arm to push me up. I was amazed that on a 10′ stand up board it didn’t instantly tip over. I guess a windy stand up session (or in this case ’sit down’) is better than not exercising.

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4 Responses to “Sit Down Paddle Surf”

  1. DW 1DW

    Go down wind. I always go on down wind surfing sessions when the wind is blowing. It is an adventure and great fun. I have grown so addicted to the down wind adventure, I get bored now when someone wants to stay in the same place and surf.

  2. Evan Leong 2evan

    I did a down winder today with my friend. I rode my C4 Waterman 10′6″ and my friend rode my 12′1″ Laird. It’s amazing how much better your board awareness gets and balance overall when doing a downwinder. It’s funny when you sit down and hold the stand up paddle blade up and use it as a sail.

  3. Evan Leong 3evan

    DW – I saw your post on the forum asking about the 10′6″ C4. I think you’ll be happy with it. I rode it today for a downwinder and was surprised how comfortable I felt on it after riding the C4 10′ for a week. It’s just super easy to balance and surfs awesome. I made a number of late drops today in 15-20 mph winds.


    I tried the Laird and 10′6″ C4, and both are great. For someone like me, who doesn’t go that often, the Laird is great for cruising.

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