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Free Stand Up Paddle Lessons

Australian Kiteboarding and SUP offer a free 1hr lesson with every board purchase.  Some of the things we cover in this lesson are looking after your new board, how best to manage the board onto and off your car, how best to carry your board and of course, how to use best technique to power, steer and control your board on the water.  We'll also teach you correct stance, posture, trimming and board recovery when you fall off.

There are do's and may be don'ts with most things as there is with Stand Up Paddle and we really want to make sure you enjoy every minute of owning and using your SUP.  Isn't it nice knowing there is still some things in life that are free!


Stand Up Paddle Lesson - Private Lesson (1hr) - $75

                                           - Group Lesson (1hr)   - $40

A single one hour lesson could be all it takes to correct bad stroke technique which may lead to physical discomfort or can be simply to help you improve your enjoyment and speed.  There is really so much to learn about stand up paddling and if you are a beginner, we can teach you how to get more from your paddling.

Lessons include the hire of board, paddle and accessories.


Why get Stand Up Paddle Lessons?

The first time I heard of Stand Up Paddle Lessons, I laughed out loud and thought it was ridiculous.  Why would anyone pay to learn how to paddle, I mean it's a bit like having jogging lessons right?  LOL

Well, sort of .....!  It wasn't until I spent some time with Pro SUPers that I indeed found I had a lot to learn.  Yes, it is just as easy as jogging, to stand on a board and dip the paddle and move forwards, but there are so many subtle techniques involved in maintaining balance, best use of paddle stroke, how to keep going straight and use most paddles per side without having to change.  Even several ways in how to turn effectively, and that was just the flat water stuff.  With a few tips, ease, performance and fun can be all increased quickly and without effort.

To learn to Stand Up Paddle in Perth or just to have a go, especially North of the river, AKS is your best option.  We have a good selection of boards in various sizes to take your first steps.  We also have a variety of more advanced and specialized boards for you to try if you want a little more from your paddling.  Including race boards, surf boards and your basic all rounders too.

There really isn't any essential need to have lessons at the end of the day, it's not like learning kiteboarding which requires lessons for safety.  We could give you an easy to use Allround board and a basic paddle and you could just get on it and start SUPing straight away, but of course there is good technique and not so good technique.  Wink  You may even have the balance and skills to step right onto a performance race board and paddle, but there is still enough to learn IMHO to warrant the minimal cost of a single lesson.  We'll refund you back the cost of lessons or fitness classes off the purchase price of any board (limits apply).

To get the most out of catching waves, again there are techniques in getting into position, trimming the board, turning on the wave and getting out through the surf when it's breaking etc. 

The beauty of SUP paddling is that it is dead easy.  If you can stand, can walk, and can use a floor broom, you can learn to SUP with good technique in under an hour.  It is much easier to start with good technique than have to correct bad technique after some time has passed.  I wish I had learned that simple rule when learning guitar!

In the above video it shows how amazing and peaceful SUPing is when taken at a leisurely pace on a nice day, not to mention what you can observe in the water whilst gliding over the waters surface.  What it doesn't show is the workout that I was getting whilst out paddling around.  For 1 month on our holiday, every other day, I spent around 45 minutes to one hour, paddling at an moderate level of interval style paddling ie, go hard for a short while, then back off and cruise and vice versa.  After only one month, I found my abs again and noticed significant weight loss and tone improvement in my arms, shoulders and core torso muscles. Several friends noticed my weight loss and made comments when we caught up again.   I am looking forward to summer where I'll be able to get more water time and some serious training.

My goal this summer is to be in the best shape in my life @ 44 yo and I believe SUP will help me get there rapidly!  Why not join in our SUP Fitness classes of a morning?  Guaranteed results!  Guaranteed FUN!

A single hour of instruction to start off on the right foot is the smart way to quick progress and fun. 

Stand Up Paddle is a sport which my whole family (Wife and two young daughters 3 and 6) are able to do straight away.  Friends that came to join us at the beach are immediately able to get on a board and also start enjoying the sport within minutes and a few quick tips.

We took a SUP on our holidays and I and my wife are able to take our two daughters out for a fun ride as well as go for a more energetic paddle ourselves.  My 3 year old loves the SUP and sits at my feet as I paddle along.  She sits atop the board and observes the fish and goings on around her whilst excitedly talking a mile a minute.  The six year old also loves to SUP with mum or myself but has now also started SUPing on her own.  We will be providing her with a small paddle to suit her height so that she can join us on longer excursions.

For the first time, here is a sport the whole family can do together whilst gaining fitness and having fun at the same time.  Don't you owe it to yourself to at least have a go?  First Fitness class is free!  Although it is advised that a single lesson may be worth while so you arent struggling with basic technique whilst we are training.

Come Join us!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:28
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Fanatic Fly HRS Allrounder 10'6"

The Fanatic Fly HRS is the most conventional style of board in the Fanatic lineup. They are wide and stable, easy to paddle and they glide well, they can be easily used in the surf and catch waves well.  The rounded pin tail gives them plenty of wave performance for the not so beginners and the full rails makes them easy to learn the basics.  These are the boards we use in our school and in Fitness classes. 

The HRS or High Resistant Skin is tough enough to handle the knocks or vigorous usage without showing blemishes or cracking the skin.  The deluxe deck grip is comfortable to stand on and offers great grip without the need to worry about waxing the deck.

The Fly HRS comes in 4 sizes and a variety of different constructions.

Sizes they come in are:

10' 0" x 30" and is most suited to light to middle weight riders wanting an allrounder which handles decent surf.

10' 6" x 31" and is more suited to middle weight riders looking for a board that will do it all and also handles the speed of a decent wave in the surf

11' 0" x 32" and is best suited to middle weight to heavier beginner riders.  Still with excellent surf rocker lines and tail it will be the one board fits all

11' 6" x 33" and is best suited to heavy weights and people who are also interested in windsurfing.  All Fly HRS boards come with a screw thread to adapt them to a windsurfing rig.  The 11'6" x 33" also has a windsurfing specific model with a center fin for learning windsurfing.

This was not the first SUP I had ridden and I rode it more as a part of due diligence when assessing the range.  It was excellent to ride and a real "no brainer" to paddle about without special skills.  I enjoyed the ride and felt that with some time spent on the board a complete novice would rapidly improve and have a great board to take to the waves and really be able to learn the art of surfing without the hassle of learning how to duck dive, stand up and take off, or the need to have great wave knowledge to ascertain the right position to be in for the take off.  When you consider you are already standing and have a better vantage point for assessing what waves are coming, it allows you to position yourself in advance and simply paddle at the right time, take a single step back and you are surfing.  It really is that simple - you're surfing.

The Fanatic FLY blew me away when I witnessed a rank beginner step onto the 11'6", paddle out into the break, and catch his first wave to the beach without falling off.  He was not young, fit, and didn't have any greater skills than that the average Joe.  It made his day and proved to me that skill, age, and physical condition had little to do with the ability to get onto one of these boards and have a unique and potentially life changing experience.


Fanatic Allwave 9'6"

The Allwave is made in the same tough skin (Hi Resistant Skin) as the other Fly boards so it is good and tough.  It's design came from the same CAD program that helped design the Airbus 380 and it has stunning good looks.  This was the first Fanatic board I tried and it just happened to be on a nice peeling right hand point break at about 2-3 foot.

The board is a thruster setup with a 1 + 2 setup.  The 9'6" was the one I grabbed (coz it was closest) and I raced to the water with a nice carbon paddle.  I stepped up onto the deck and straight away found it really stable.  I dipped the paddle and away I went heading straight out to the waves.  I had to negotiate the waves forst on the way out and surprisingly, found it really easy, I just paddles up and over, even waves that had pitched and broken were a breeze to ride over and I managed to stay on my feet the whole way.

Once out the back I relaxed and concentrated more on my paddle strokes and found the board moved really well when in flat water and I was quickly in the lineup for the waves.  A decent wave approached and I started paddling hard as the wave lifted the back of the board.  Half a second later I was stepping back to pull the nose up and leant over to turn like I would a short board.  Well, I immediately fell off and had to rethink this strategy.  Next wave I paddled quickly and again found the board quickly accellerate.  I moved aft and this time dipped the paddle, put more weight on the tail and rail and voila!, The board swung beautifully across the wave face and began to climb.  A quick weight shift and it was a nice cutback towards the foam for another turn.

I was hooked right there and then.  What a hoot!  I surfed this board for the next couple of hours and the more I rode it, the easier and more performance it delivered.  For anyone looking to get into a fun and easy perfomance SUP, the Allwave is the shot! 

AK&S; will have demo's available from late August on and you'll see me on the green boards as soon as they arrive.  Happy SUPper!



The Fanatic range comes with some amazingly fast race boards one of which is the Fly Race Wood 12' 6"  This board is a great place to start if you have never jumped onto a race board before and are also looking for a board you can use as an allrounder for early morning flat water cruising and even catching smaller waves.  The dimensions are 12' 6" x 30.5"  As far as race boards go, it's wide which is great because it makes it super stable and easy to balance allowing you to concentrate more on your stroke technique and get most of your power down to the paddle and into the water.  The volume is ideal for beginners and also perfect for riders of more than 85 kilos.  Me being 90 kilos, the board is a doddle.  The width will allow you to get out in the more choppy conditions of open ocean with ease due to it's stability.

The long waterline length allows the board to glide effortlessly through the water and carry the momentum for fast easy paddling.  The 12'6" length also qualifies the board for Battle of the Paddle style races where a 12' 6" class is designated to make it easy to transport the boards on aircraft and makes for an even playing field among paddlers. 

The nose of the board is vertical a bit kayak like in appearance, with a domed foredeck allowing the board to slice through waves and with the added volume in the nose, quickly disperse the water off the top and pop straight back up again without slowing.  The deck is slightly angled so as not to trap water and maintain speed.  Paddling out through small surf is easy as the bow of the board pierces waves as well as foam so easily (so long as you are square to the wave) that you barely even lose speed.  Very helpful when racing or just in a hurry to get through the surf to make it out the back.

My first ride on the 12' 6" Fly Race Wood was so easy.  I remember clambering onto the board and getting up to my feet and thinking that it was pretty stable although less so than that of the Fly HRS Allrounder and the Allwave.  But you have to expect that when you are riding a performance board with narrow nose and tail.  The difference between the allrounder and the Allwave is astounding in that the amount of glide or continuance of forward motion after the paddle has been pulled from the water is just amazing.  With some concerted paddling the board accellerates and really moves quickly.  Surfing smaller waves in to the beach is easy as the board carries it's speed and just so much as a lump of a wave can push the board, allowing some energetic paddling to propel you onto the wave long before it is ready to break.  A few steps back onto the tail to keep the nose us, reveals a board that is easy to surf and control and stable enough to "walk" the board for trim as needed.  For me at the time with less technique and more strength, I was clumsily able to put down power and straight away enjoy the benefits of a faster board that surfs well.  My participation in the Battle of the Paddle training sessions in the Gold Coast were made easier with a fast board that allowed me a few mistakes and compensated with good control and speed.

Th Fly Race 12' 6" will be the board I use mostly when doing our fitness training sessions or long distance paddles purely for it's ease of use and speed.  We will have a demo available of the Race Wood for those keen to get into something a bit quicker.  The Fly Race 12'6 x 30.5 is avaliable in Carbon and also Wood.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 August 2011 10:31
Stand Up Paddle Fitness PDF Print E-mail

I don't know about you, but I can tell you that I hate to work out, but I love having fun.  I haven't been to a gym since I was 20 yo and I have never used a PT (Personal Trainer) or gone to a bootcamp.  I just can't stand the pain of some of the exercises, nor the boredom or repetitive exercises.  I hate running and am not overly impressed with swimming.  Now at age 43, I've made a pledge to myself to be the fittest I have been in my life.  I want to be lean, strong and have great cardio fitness.  I want the body I had when I was 20.  Come and join me in gaining fitness in our SUP Fitness classes!

Stand Up Paddle is a great platform on which to build a great work out.  The best thing about SUP, is that anyone, and I mean practically anyone can learn to SUP in a few minutes and start enjoying a great board sport as well as a good workout without you even being aware it's happening (not until the next day in any case ;-)  This is a sport which needs no board skills, no experience, has no age limitations and guys and girls can have fun on an even playing field.

One of the latest "Buzz" words is "Core strength".  Everyone in the SUPping world always rabbits on about how good SUPping is for your Core Strength, but what exactly is core strength and how is it gained and what are the benefits?

Core muscles are the muscles in your torso which basically control movement of the spine and central body.  The Core muscles are the lats, obliques, abdominals and all the inner muscles which connect to the spine and control movement and balance.  The usual way to work these muscles is to do crunches, situps, leg raises etc which apart from being painful, just aren't the least bit fun.

Paddling a SUP board works all of these muscles at the same time as you maintain balance on the board, stroke the paddle to propel yourself forward through the water and turn. You'll also work your Deltoids, Biceps, Triceps and others as part of the upper body as a consequence. The Core of your body is where all your power and strength originates.  Weak Core, weak power.  By regularly exercising these muscles by paddling and having fun, you can burn fat, strengthen the inner muscles to improve your torso strength and tone up for that 'ripped look'.

All of this exercise will translate into everyday advantage as you have a stronger back for lifting, moving about and will help you stave off back pain and injury.  And looking good gives you inner confidence and makes you feel good being fit.

AK&S; will be running morning fitness classes of paddling combined with some other beach exercises to get you fit and have fun at the same time. 

I recently came back from a 6 week family holiday up north.  I surfed a bit and SUPped about every second day for almost an hour.  I pushed myself at times and relaxed and enjoyed the experience at other times. Not at any time did I feel I was having a boring and painful workout. Occassionally I made a mistake and fell in the water which was great fun.  Climb aboard again and get back to it!

My focus was on my paddle strokes, about propeling myself forward, I was focused on correct paddle technique, course deviation, speed and fluidity, balance and the elements around me.   I could consciously notice each muscle and what was working as I stroked my way across the water and I loved it.   I managed to lose about 4 kilos in a little over 4 weeks and rediscovered my abs.  My jeans are loose on me now and I feel great again. 

If you want to come and have fun with us, and lose a few pounds and gain a bit of fitness, why not enquire This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info?

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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2011 14:38

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