Sunday, August 21, 2011

SUP Stroke technique video analysis from Stand Up Paddle racing workshop

This is a 18 minute video from our North Shore SUP racing workshop held this morning, Aug. 21st.
We had 8 participants and two coaches:  Dennis Pang and myself.
If a picture says a thousand words, video says even more and seeing yourself paddle is very helpful, so I focused on getting everyone's stroke on video both from land and from a wide angle camera mounted on the front of the board.  The video is intended mostly for the 8 participants to understand their stroke better and find small things they can work on.  I think anyone trying to make their stroke more efficient, fast, and powerful can benefit from watching this.
Refining your stroke is not something that happens overnight, you need to put in the time and practice and the more you do it, the more efficient your stroke will become.
There is no right or wrong way to paddle but one thing that all good paddlers seem to have in common is good reach and catch.
Thanks to all the participants, I hope you had a good time and enjoy the video, please leave a comment!

Video stroke analysis at the Blue Planet SUP race workshop on Aug. 21st, 2011.

If you are confused by the terms used in the voiceover, please read the technique posts here- parts 2,3,4.
In retrospect, I should have added some video of a pro paddler with good technique.

In the photo below, Danny Ching shows excellent form during the power phase:  shoulders stacked, paddle vertical, arms straight, transferring the power from the core and back directly to the paddle.

photo: Chris Silvester

Blue Planet and Wet Feet now offer weekly race/ technique coaching followed by a time trial, every wednesday at 5 pm in Hawaii Kai.  Click here for more information on the weekly coaching/ time trial.

Links to the paddle technique series posts:
Paddle Technique Part 0: Introduction to SUP
Paddle Technique Part 1: Choosing the Right Paddle
Paddle Technique Part 2: The Three Ingredients of a Powerful Stroke
Paddle Technique Part 3: Stacking the Shoulders
Paddle Technique Part 4: Reach and Catch
Paddle Technique Part 5: Recovery, Paddle Length and Grip
Paddle Technique Part 6: Turning the Board

Aloha, Robert Stehlik


  1. mahalos Robert!very useful info!to actually see ourselves on video,now we know what we need to wk on!thanks again

  2. Great clinic. Thanks Robert and Dennis for your helpful insight.
    The video perspective was assume to see our technique and what to work on.

  3. Robert, Thanks for putting this video analysis together. Seeing it & hearing your comments is really good. Watching all the little things you point out on everyone it is all helpful. Your coaching is clear & concise. Mahalo to you & Dennis for putting on the a SUP'er great clinic.

  4. I know I mis-spelled the title, it's supposed to be stroke, not stoke, but I can't change it cause it would screw up the links to this page. If I had to analyze the STOKE, I would have to say it was OFF THE CHART! Thanks for the comments!

  5. Do you plan on doing another clinic?

  6. Yes, we are planning to do more clinics but I don't have a date set at this time. I will post the next date at or you can contact me to be put on a e-mail list.

  7. We are now offering a weekly technique clinic every Wednesday at 5 pm in Hawaii Kai, followed by a time trial. For more information, please visit this post:


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