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Our quality boards start at $499 with a free paddle (while supplies last.)
Cobian, Bote, WatersEdge, and other great paddleboard makers are definitely going to have amazing shapes, but expect to pay a bit more for name brand boards.
Maybe you just want to go out and try paddleboarding?
How about renting one?
You can even get a lesson from and experienced paddler right across the street on Lake Ivanhoe. It is such a fun thing to do, and a great way to stay in shape.
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Ask anyone in the SUP scene about Anthony Vela and the words “nice guy” invariably come up. But behind his genial, friendly demeanor is a lion’s heart. As well as being a world-renowned lifesaver, prone paddleboarder and surfer, Vela has won premier SUP events worldwide, including the San Clemente Ocean Festival and the 2014 Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge, where his girlfriend, fellow pro Candice Appleby, also took top honors. If you haven’t been living in a barrel for the past few years, you’ll know that Vela and Appleby make the most successful ‘power couple’ in the sport.
In addition to their intensive racing calendar and a vigorous year-round training regime, Vela and Appleby run SUP racing clinics, personal coaching and water-based corporate events programs through their company, Performance Paddling.
Photo: Mike Muir
1. Practice with a Hydration Pack
Vela is often asked how he makes the most of his hydration pack during a race. The answer? He tested various options before settling on the one that works for him: an over-the-shoulder Hydrapack. Then, he practiced using it while training in a variety of conditions so that he wouldn’t be fiddling with it come race day. “I found that having a hydration pack around my waist didn’t work, because that’s where my life preserver is. I also found that I felt the weight of the fluid more when it was on my waist. The over-the-shoulder pack makes it easier for me to get the fluids I need without impeding my stroke.” The takeaway? Find out whether you prefer an over the shoulder pack like Vela, or a waist-mounted system. Then, use the heck out of it before your next race.
2. Include Skill Drills in Your Training Program
How does Vela gain a competitive advantage before getting to the start line of each event? “I don’t just paddle in training, but also work on perfecting elements of my stroke and practicing drills that help with starts, finishes, buoys, surf, and other things that will improve my race day performance,” he says. In the video above, you’ll see one of Vela’s favorite training day drills: switching from a parallel stance to a staggered surfing stance. How do you do it? “Take two or three strokes in your parallel stance, then get into your surf stance and take another few strokes. Brace, then go back to the parallel stance,” Vela says. The pro also told us that this helps him in sprints, downwinders, and transitioning from flat water to surf. If you work on such skills in training, Vela says, “they’ll become automatic” during competition.
3. Focus on Your Weak Side
Do you know what your weak side is? And what are you doing to improve your stroke on that side? “Goofy footers, like me, typically prefer paddling on their left, while regular footers favor their right side,” Vela said. By recognizing that in a race he prefers to generate power on his left, Vela knows that he needs to work hard to improve on his right side during training. “To develop a fluid and powerful stroke on both sides, you’ve got to identify your weak side and then focus on it during paddles and drills,” Vela says. “Then, you’ll be that much better during competition.” —Phil White
For more information on Vela, visit: PerformancePaddling.com
Be sure you try out a demo standup paddleboard before investing in a new board. Many people are excited about paddleboarding and without much knowledge of the fast growing watersport, go out and spend hard earned dollars on a board and paddle. Ski World offers demos on Lake Ivanhoe and New Smyrna Beach on a large selection of paddleboards (SUP’s) and paddles for the surf or lakes.
Most ladies especially are looking at boards which are too big and hard to handle, put on top of a car, or carry. The best selling ladies boards are usually in the 9 to 10 ft. range. Smaller paddles are available which make it easier to go long distance without fatigue and cramps for those longer outings. Come in the shop today and discuss with the pros about size, width, volume and “visual lifestyle impact” (very important) of the board which fits your needs.
Ski World has just received a large selection of paddleboards starting at $499. These boards range from flatwater race boards to surf boards to hybrid models from EDGE, SupCo, Coreban, WatersEdge, and Tropical Blends. There is truly a board for everyone, and we always offer special deals on combination purchases. So if you’re in the market for both a paddle and a board, you should take this into consideration.
Come in now for the best selection!!
Now through Friday March 22, 2013 we’re also offering rentals at 2 for one. Come test out a board on Lake Ivanhoe!
Ski World paddleboards are back in stock this week. All new full-carbon paddlesurf boards are in from Tropical Blends, Hawaiian paddlesurf company. Also, new boards in from Watersedge and NSP.
Stay in touch for news on our new rental fleet coming soon
Winter in Orlando, Florida is an excellent time to tryout paddleboarding here at Ski World. We have a huge selection of rental boards and paddles at discount rates any time! Don’t forget how comfortable the water is this time of year
Bring your dog, and your warm water wear! We also have thermal suits, gloves, and masks for the winter surfers out there, and our snow-ski collection is larger than ever!
Seems to be a lot of used paddle boards available for the Christmas season. Great time for new SUP boards at off season pricing on all Coreban, NSP, Waters Edge, and Tropical Blend. Call today or stop in before the holiday rush. 1/2 price on most rash guards. New arrival of Oneill wetsuits for ladies and men. Mention this blog and get 10% off all new Oneill wetsuits thru December 15. Come test drive a new paddleboard on Lake Ivanhoe downtown Orlando.
The first thing you want to do is account for your size and your skill. A smaller person can use a smaller board, and an experienced person can use a smaller board. For reference, a small paddlesurf board is about 8 feet long and 29” wide whereas a larger board would be about 10′ x 32”.
It’s easiest to catch waves with a larger board, but more fun to catch them with a shorter baord. For this reason, you’ll want to get a board that is just as small as your comfortable with, but still not too difficult.
The board you’re looking for, if you want to surf it, is going to be lightweight, have a pointed nose, and curve up at the front. If it doesn’t have all of those qualities, you probably don’t want to surf with it.
Make sure you get the smallest board that you can still use comfortably, and make sure that it’s light enough, and curved enough to surf with. As long as the board meets those requirements, you’ll have a good time with it.