On Saturday, January 11, 2014, young SUP phenom Matt Becker shared SUP surf techniques during a one on one clinic hosted by Pro SUP Shop in Marina del Rey, California. “It was a great opportunity to see what you don't get to see on video”, said Paul Aro of Santa Monica, “To see how smooth he is and all the little things he does between the sets.”
Hosted clinics with some of the sport’s top athletes are a great way to refine your paddling technique. Becker spent the morning offering each participant a level of coaching tailored for their experience and ability on the water. This manner of instruction is often times inspiring in and of itself. “Just having him around makes you want to be better”, said Aro. As the sun shined brightly on a clear blue morning, Becker demonstrated how to catch waves on a SUP and effectively move around in the lineup. His motions mimicked those of a professional dancer as he artfully played in the waves with style and ease. It is easy to slip into bad habits when first starting any new sport. Taking a lesson from a pro is a great way to fuel your enthusiasm and ensure you proceed on the right track. From there it is often times simply a matter of losing your inhibitions and having fun during your time on the water.
Check the calendar of events at your local SUP shop for information on upcoming clinics in your area.