Offshore Winds and their effects on Stand-Up Paddleboards

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. However, along with this growth in participation, there has also been a substantial increase in the number of individuals encountering difficulties while out on their SUPs. 

Over the past six months British Canoeing, NGB for Stand Up Paddleboarding, has commissioned several research projects to develop insight to enable evidence driven guidance and qualification content for the Stand-Up Paddleboard community.

Recent statistics released by the RNLI show that offshore winds have been a significant contributor in Stand-Up Paddleboarders getting into trouble. 

British Canoeing’s current and one of the most important guidance is for Stand Up Paddleboarders to avoid offshore winds

Our latest offshore winds research provides clear evidence of the significant impact that moderate offshore winds have on SUP paddlers and that 30mins in a Force 4 wind (18-20 mph) a paddler could drift approximately 1 mile.

The research also indicates that a Stand Up Paddleboarder, if caught out in an offshore wind and unable to paddle to the shore, can reduce the amount of distance they drift by adopting the SUP Brake Position (SBP)

For more information and guidance read our Abstract from Research and associated guidance.

Click here to listen to the offshore winds research podcast with Lee Pooley, Director of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing, and researcher Darren Sherwood that discusses the methodology and sampling behind the research as well as the findings and recommendations.

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