November 25, 2015


SUP tips: Keep feet from going numb & moving around board



Stand Up Paddle tips: How to keep your feet and toes from going numb or cramping when paddling and how to move around the board without making the board rock back and fourth and becoming unstable. If you are a beginner and have sore feet or have trouble moving around the board without losing balance, this video will help you! Please subscribe to our channel and also watch our SUP tips for beginners playlist. Aloha!

Tips covered in this video:
1) Avoid "gripping" the board with your toes. Relax your toes by wiggling them and remind yourself to relax the muscles in your feet to avoid fatigue and cramping in your feet. This is very common for beginners struggling with balancing on the board
2) Keep blood flowing in your feet. Shift your weight front to back and side to side to get the blood flowing and and keep your feet from going numb.
3) Un-weigh both feet to move around board: move around with little jumps to avoid rocking the board when moving around
4) Surf Stance to trim board: Get into the surf stance with both feet on the center line of the board to easily move backwards and forwards on the board without rocking side to side.

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November 18, 2015


SUP Tips: Paddling in a straight line


Going straight: Using the blade angle, stroke path, and shaft angle to make the board go in a straight line and propelling yourself forward more efficiently.
If you can only get a few strokes per side before having to switch sides, this video has some good tips that will help you make your board go in a straight line longer with less yawing by using these techniques:

1) Shaft angle: holding your shaft straight- perpendicular to the water

2) Blade angle: angling the blade slightly inward towards the board

3) Blade path: starting the stroke slightly away from the rail nd pulling the paddle in towards the feet, ending the stroke close to rail by your feet.

By using your strength to power yourself forward instead of sideways, you will waste less energy, making your stroke more efficient and you spend less time switching sides with with the paddle, which keeps you from loosing forward momentum.

Please also check out our other SUP Tips and subscribe to our youtube channel to watch our latest videos posted weekly. Aloha!

Our new Kai Zen Paddle project is now live on Kickstarter!

Please check out our Kickstarter campaign which is running for 10 days from today until November 11th.  We have some great offers for our early backers plus our paddles will be available through our dealer network in early 2016.

The fastest Race SUP?- Displacement vs. Planing Hulls & board weights

Five years ago Jeff Chang and I wrote a report on the Zen Waterman blog on some of the fastest unlimited race SUP's at the time and discussed the differences between displacement hulls and planing hulls and which worked best for which conditions.  While it is relatively easy to test the speed of a board in flat water, testing in open ocean and downwind conditions is much more difficult due to the many variables that can't be controlled.  I made a video discussing two 14' boards:  The 14'x 26" Blue Planet Dark Horse model which is a displacement board designed to excel in calm water and the 14' x 28" Blue Planet Bump Rider model, a planing hull designed to be an excellent downwind/ open ocean board.  For more in depth reading on this topic, please click the link to the Zen Waterman blog post above.  


In the video below, I discuss my opinion on race board weights and the compromise of performance/ weight/ durability/ price that you will face when shopping for race boards.



Robert Stehlik

August 18, 2015


SUP Downwinder Tips: The most common first timer mistakes

At Blue Planet we offer downwind coaching to those wanting to get into this exciting sport.  After doing many coached downwind runs I have noticed that most beginners make the same common mistakes when first trying to catch bumps.  For those coming from a flatwater background, where a strong, steady, powerful, longer, slower stroke works best, making the adjustment to the quick, short accelerating strokes needed to catch bumps and then stopping and resting while gliding is challenging to say the least.  I'm hoping that sharing these tips will help more paddlers get into this super fun aspect of Stand Up Paddling.

These are the five most common mistakes I see when I coach paddlers on their first downwinder:

1) Paddling too much at a steady pace

2) Not paddling at the right time

3) Not using the paddle to brace

4) Not using the right board

5) Not standing in the right place  


I made two videos (using the GoPro4 Session camera) where I talk in more depth about these mistakes and how to fix them while I'm doing a downwinder and demonstrating how I like do it.   There is no right or wrong way to do it and there are differences in equipment and technique but I have learned a few things from doing hundreds of downwinders and from observing and talking to the fastest in the sport, so I am sharing what works for me.  I hope you enjoy these two videos, the first one is the short version, the second is the extended version.  Some of the best things about downwinders (as compared to SUP surfing) is that you are always moving with non stop action, catching tons of bumps along the way and getting a great workout.  Also, we have the whole wide ocean to catch bumps so it never gets crowded and we always welcome newcomers to our weekly training group.

For more tips from other paddlers on this topic, also check out this thread on






See you on the water!

Aloha, Robert Stehlik


August 15, 2015


Tips and pointers on how to choose your first SUP

If you're interested in getting into the great sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and have done a little research to help you with your decision process, you know how challenging it is to narrow your focus to the right board for you. With board lengths ranging from less than 7 feet to over 17 feet, board widths ranging from 25 inches to 40 inches, and the need to consider other variables like thickness, volume, shape, environmental conditions, fin setup, and so on, choosing the right SUP can be a daunting task.

The Blue Planet Surf team has put together a great playlist of videos to help those knowledge-hungry individuals make the right decision when choosing their first SUP. Please check out any of the following links to provide useful insight on taking that first step:


Short Version:

Extended Version:

     Extended Version Part 1 - The Basics:


     Extended Version Part 2 - The Dimensions:


     Extended Version Part 3 - The Shape:


How to choose your first demo/rental SUP:


So many boards to choose from...


Application Tips for installing Rail Saver Pro Clear rail tape for SUP board rails

Our shop manager Kevin Fung demonstrates how to professionally apply Rail Saver Pro clear protective rail tape.  It's tricky to do this without trapping bubbles, we recommend watching this video before attempting your first installation:

Follow this link to find Railsaver Pro on our website:


Kevin shows how to find the widest point of the rail.  Center the rail tape on the widest point, this is where it is the most likely to get damaged.

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