Foreword by Dave Kalama: Hawaiians were stand up paddle surfing (known as SUP) in the 50s and 60s, but the sport was first seen on the U.S. mainland in the early 2000s, when surfers Laird Hamilton and Rick Thomas brought it to California. Now you SUP is everywhere. It's ranked as the fastest growing sport in the U.S. by the Outdoor Industry Association.
Now longtime stand up paddler and instructor Rob Casey has authored the most comprehensive guide to the sport: Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf to Rivers, covering everything from choosing the right gear to stroke techniques (j-stroke, Tahitian, sculling brace) and fitness advice. Specific chapters focus on flat-water paddling, paddle surfing, and river paddling to show you exactly what you need to take your SUP skills and knowledge to a specific environment. Whether you want to learn about fitness or expedition planning in flat water, how to forecast waves and current for surfing, or how to use river eddies to your advantage it's all here.
Casey's research included interviews with top paddlers such as Brandi Baksic, Jenny Kalmbach, Dan Gavere, Nikki Gregg, Steve Boehne, Evan Lloyd, Fletcher Burton, Wade Lawson, Beau Whitehead, Candice Appelby, Corran Addison, and others. The foreword is written by Dave Kalama.
About the author: Pacific Northwest photographer Rob Casey's photographs have been published in a variety of media, including National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, and SUP Magazine. Rob is also the co- founder of the NorthwestÕs only surf kayak festival, the Hobuck Hoedown, and the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle, a stand up paddling and sea kayaking instruction and guide business. When he's not out braving the chilly waters of Puget Sound or the Pacific, you might also find him coordinating social media for the Washington Water Trails Association. He lives in Seattle (Ballard), WA with his partner Christy and their dog and two cats.
Excerpts, images upon request:
Seattle-based Rob Casey is available for interview and author events. Additional SUP images (not from guidebook) available from Rob Casey upon request. Visit www.robcasey.net for more.