SUP Race Training

How Every Day on the Water is Training for a Stand Up Paddle Board Race

If you ever get the opportunity to spend some time on a Morrelli & Melvin 12’6” Race SUP Paddle Board, two things will occur to you: this is one of the slickest paddle boards on the market and you may be able to use it but you know you aren’t getting the most out of it. The same thing happens with everything built to be super fast, a Ferrari, a Kovit R6i racing bicycle, or even a Ran guitar. You might know how to drive, how to peddle or even how to play, but when it comes to getting the most out of this kind of equipment, you need mad skills. But with stand up paddle boarding, if you have mastered the basic skills, you are closer to that racing board than you might imagine.

Morrelli & Melvin SUP

The Morrelli & Melvin SUP Race PaddleBoard will give you the competitive edge in your next race, with it’s sailboat bow, domed deck, and specially designed tail to push water away.

Stand up paddle boarding requires three things: water, balance, and every muscle in your body. So let’s examine some of the ways you can train up to a racing board like the Morelli & Melvin and know when you have arrived.

First off, you don’t need a stand up board like this one to race. You can enter a competition with almost any board. But certain things must play in your favor to place or even do as well as you expect. You must master the water.

Everyday on the water presents new challenges. The wind might increase the chop, the surface might be impacted by the currents (in rivers, bays, and oceans), and even the depth can play a role. No two days will be identical which basically means that no two races will be the same. Lake paddlers will need to account for the race they have chosen particularly if the ocean is involved. While you can practice your stroke on dry land, exercise a variety of muscles in the gym, even cross train, nothing beats the constant exposure to various bodies of water.

Yes, balance is also important. Of course, when the weather is bad, you can use a Bosu trainer, a sort of half ball that might be available at your local gym and use it to do sumo squats. But this doesn’t replace the impact of stand up paddling.

There are several reasons for this. One is the way your body’s search for balance is followed by your mind. Everything in the outside world stops even as you become part of your surroundings. A friend called it natural nourishment and your whole being seems to soak it up. Your body learns to balance. When you finally decide to become more focused on the actual idea of competing, this element will be second nature.

I mentioned every muscle in your body as the third element of a race training because it combines the other two into the actual competition. The more fit you are, the more likely you will be able to react to various conditions. the very nature of stand up paddle boarding and its 800 calorie and hour benefits will whip you into shape faster than most other activities. Your muscles will learn by experience.

But to enter a competition, you’ll have to step up your game a bit. It is probably a good idea to at least attempt to work on your entry and exit, your turning, and of course your endurance in advance. You should use a variety of interval training techniques, long distance one day, short the next. And depending on where the race is held, look for a variety of conditions to experience. Once again, no two days on the water will be the same. It will get painful and uncomfortable at times (be sure to give yourself a day off to recuperate) but the results will be noticeable.

We’ll discuss some more about this in the next post, but for now, I just wanted to put the idea in your head. It might surprise you how ready you are for competition.  Maybe not this year, maybe next. But for some of us, simply having that goal to attain will be enough to get us to consider the possibility, and of course, the dream of owning that Morelli & Melvin paddle board one day.

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