Introduction to SUP Racing

Description: The focus of this class is on SUP race skill development, race categories, types of courses and racing opportunities. Participants will work on making the forward stroke more effective by breaking it down into 3 steps: catch, propulsion and release. Stacking shoulders, push, twist and lean will be discussed and practiced as well. Participants will have an opportunity to paddle the board in different positions in order to identify the "sweet" spot. Pivot turns and drafting drill will follow with an emphasis on maximizing board speed. The class will end with a practice short-course race to work on race strategy and planning.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Participants will be able to describe the types of SUP races available, courses and categories and how to train for them
  • Participants will be able to learn and apply skills to enhance their stroke technique, position in the board, and pivot turns
  • Participants will obtain the necessary knowledge to be able to carry out a strategy for their SUP race.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Introduction to SUP Racing Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Water Shoes/Sandals - Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)
  • Water Bottle


  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Wetsuit - Thickness depends on your local water temperatures. Generally 3mm-4mm is preferable.
  • Paddle Jacket

Gear provided by REI:

  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Paddle
  • Stand Up Paddleboard