Raw Video Breakdown #3 – Ryan

Hey there… Here’s a quick video breakdown from some footage sent in by Ryan. If you’re interested in having me break down some of your video send me an email or make a donation on my patreon page.  And, if you like instruction like this, but want to get immediate feedback on great waves reserve your spot at Blue Zone SUP for this upcoming season.

Enjoy… E


Raw Video Breakdown #3 – Ryan from The Progression Project on Vimeo.

The Future of SUP with Erik Logan, SUP’s Biggest Fan and Advisor

Erik Logan is a unique voice in the world of paddling.  He’s achieved success on global scale, both in running SiriusXM and now the Oprah Winfrey Network.  His love of paddle surfing started at the age of 42 when his wife gave him a wetsuit…  I wonder if she had any clue where it would lead.

Erik makes time for the people and activities he cares about, and that extends beyond the water to helping his friends in career and business pursuits.  His group of friends, Kalama, Laird, Dave Boehne, Brent Deal, to name a few, combined with his willingness to help and in some instances partner, has given Erik an insider’s, vested vantage point to our sport.

And it’s landed him on the board of USA Surfing, where he’s using his effectiveness and business acumen to help our sport grow.  And we say thanks!

If you didn’t listen to my first podcast with Erik Logan click here.

Below are some photos of the US Nationals that were held by USA Surfing in San Diego in June.  Izzi Gomez and Emmy Merrill, and Sean Poynter and Giorgio Gomez will be representing the US for surfing in Denmark this year at the ISA World Games.

Notes on foot position for speed and turn placement

Notes on foot position for speed and turn placement

Here’s a simple cheatsheet for foot position in surfing.

You can break maneuvers into two categories.  Speed conserving/generating and speed killing.

Foot position for speed conserving/generating maneuvers is generally on top of or right in front of (towards the nose) the front fin on the inside (in the water) rail.

Foot position for speed killing turns, sharper snaps and cutbacks, is on the back fin, inside rail.

Front foot position should almost always be on the stringer (center) and in a vertical location where you have access without moving it to the tail.

Spray signature is a good way to tell what type of turn is happening.  Conserving turns,  done off the front fin, use the rail and spray is smaller and thicker.  These turns aren’t your best photos normally. (weak wave, wrapping back into the pocket.  Below)

Big sprays come from turning velocity into force and throw water off the tail.  Fins out turns, tight snaps. (Steep section, sliding tail, killing speed, but lots of potential energy.  Below)

Placement of turns –

Speed conserving turns are done in areas of low potential energy on the wave.  The bottom of the wave for bottom turns, the weak shoulder for cutbacks.  (Rail buried, weight forward, back foot over larger front fin.  Below)


Speed burning turns should be done in areas of high potential energy where you can burn your speed and then “drop” back into the wave regaining velocity.  Think a skater stalling at the top of a vert ramp.  He can rest for a second and then redrop.  Same holds true for surfing, tail throwing turns off the lip kill the majority of your speed, but you’re high on a steep section of the wave, so regain velocity on the drop.

(Lots of spray show that the top turn killed speed, but all the speed you need is in the wave, all potential energy.  Below)


Hope that helps… E

Hello Jacksonville Beach! – Some big life changes…

Hello Jacksonville Beach! – Some big life changes…

My whole world is different since my last post.

On April 4th, after 6 months of my wife having strange symptoms, many trips to the states and specialists, I took her for a brain MRI in San Jose. All the doctors we’d seen said that wasn’t necessary, but a feeling I couldn’t shake made me say, “why not, it’s only 4 hours, we’ll be back at midnight, and I’ll be coaching in the morning.”

That MRI showed a large tumor.  We flew back to the states with the clothes on our backs 14 hours later, and 24 hours after that she had her first of three surgeries. These past 5 weeks have been the most difficult and most beautiful of our lives. Sarah is doing great, and the outpouring of love and support from family and friends has been amazing.

She is pushing me to write about the experience, and I might do that in the future, but I’m not sure how to do that yet.  We’ve learned a lifetime of lessons, I know they would be more beneficial than anything I’ve shared about surfing, but it’s still too fresh.

Our need to be close to exceptional neuro care and desire to be close to family has forced a move back to the states.  We decided on Jacksonville Beach and just bought a beautiful little house right next to a new skatepark.  Damo is frothing on it.

I wasn’t sure if I’d continue to coach paddle surfing, but it turns out my love of coaching is almost as deep as my love of surfing.  I’ve found myself training family in the gym, helping a good friend navigate a career change with perspective on quality life and family, and now, in Jax working on stroke technique with new friends in the neighborhood.  I guess coaching has become a part of me in these past few years.

And actually, after surfing here for a few days, small surf is much better for fundamental learning.  Growth edge can only be pushed in one direction, and these small conditions are perfect for stroke, footwork, and opening turn game – and that’s where 80% of my coaching has been focused.

I’m not sure of the format yet, but I’ll probably take on a few clients in the area.  I’ve had some offers over the past year to coach in amazing locations and I’ll be thinking about that when the dust settles for our family, so maybe Fall/Winter trips.  If you’re interested, reach out.

Much love from Florida!  Erik

Evelyn O’Doherty – Standup Journal’s new Online Editor talks Paddle Surfing, Coaching and Giving Back

Evelyn O’Doherty – Standup Journal’s new Online Editor talks Paddle Surfing, Coaching and Giving Back

Standup Journal’s online editor Evelyn O’Doherty



Hey guys and gals, on the podcast, I mentioned that Evelyn O’doherty has taken over for Adam Champagne.  Evelyn is actually an addition to the team as Standup Journal is growing the online side of things and is helping Adam as an Online Editor and Contributor.  Adam is still with the company as an Online Director and Social Media Director.

Standup Journal’s new Online Editor joins Erik on the podcast.

Evelyn O’Doherty is a former school teacher gone rogue.  Her transformation happened when she learned to surf.  After the bug bit, she was no longer able to be contained to the walls of a classroom, so Ev followed her instincts to recreate herself and left a successful career of teaching in order to spend more time on the water.  Today, she is a stand up paddle racer,  surfer and yoga teacher.  She instructs and offers retreats around the world in order to inspire others to follow their passions, live their dreams and, she hopes, spend more time on the water.  Evelyn believes wholeheartedly that we will protect what we love; therefore, her on-the-water coaching includes special attention to the state of our waterways and oceans in order to inspire her students to become stewards for the planet and take care of each other and the ocean so that we may live and respect in it’s presence for a long time to come.  You can check out her Stand Up Paddle Clinics and Retreats on her website:   www.evelynodoherty.com




Rincon Beach Boy SUP Race. Raises money for children with autism.

Evelyn’s retreat with Chuck Patterson:

Rell Sunn Surf Contest Benefit. Raises money for East End families struggling due to hardship and disease.