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KARIN SIERRALTA: “A VECES PIENSO QUE EL SUP PODRÍA LLEGAR A REEMPLAZAR AL SURF”

KARIN SIERRALTA: “A VECES PIENSO QUE EL SUP PODRÍA LLEGAR A REEMPLAZAR AL SURF”

  • Publicado por Fernando Labad
  • El 31 agosto, 2015

El pasado 10 de febrero la Asociación Panamericana de Surf (PASA) se renovaba con la llegada del peruano Karín Sierralta a la presidencia, y se propone llevar el surfing a los Panamericanos Lima 2019. Fue el resultado de las elecciones democráticas por las que organizaciones nacionales de 22 países del continente eligieron su nuevo comité ejecutivo.

De larga trayectoria en la gestión del surf en la región, el directivo peruano se desempeña también como director ejecutivo de la Federación Deportiva Nacional de Tabla, presidente ejecutivo del Tour Profesional ALAS y vicepresidente de la International Surfing Association.

Conocí a Karin en unos de mis viajes a Perú con la selección de la Federación Española de Surf en el 2010. No tardé en darme cuenta de que era un apasionado de sus olas, de su gente y de su trabajo. Desde entonces sigo, desde la distancia continental, su labor al frente de los diferentes cargos que desempeña. Para mi supone todo un ejemplo y el espejo donde reflejarme. Es admirable cómo ha integrado el SUP dotándole cobertura institucional, un trabajo tedioso,  a veces ingrato, y alejado de los focos deslumbrantes de los pódiums.

Es por ello que quiero dedicarle mi primera entrevista en el blog de SUP Traveller.

Fernando Labad: Sabemos que eres un gran surfista pero que también te encanta hacer SUP con tu familia. ¿Podrías definir el Stand Up Paddle en pocas palabras?

Karin Sierralta: Te diría que el SUP es un deporte completo, divertido, seguro que puede practicarse a cualquier edad sin necesidad de tener un buen estado físico, ni preparación previa. Simplemente es una actividad apta para todos.

FL: ¿Cómo estás viendo el progreso del SUP en tu querido Perú?

KS: Si bien ha crecido mucho en los últimos años no veo el crecimiento que puedo ver en otros países y es que Perú es un país de Olas y el SUP, sobre todo el de paseo o race, evoluciona más rápido en aguas tranquilas.

FL: ¿Qué futuro le auguras dentro de los organismos en los que estás trabajando? ¿Qué planes tenéis para ello?

KS: El futuro es demasiado grande para definirlo hoy. Al punto que a veces pienso que podría llegar a reemplazar al surf. Simplemente la tecnología avanza tan rápido que hoy los SUPers pueden hacer casi todas las maniobras que hacen los surfers.

En cuanto a planes. En el Tour ALAS ya incluimos el SUP Surf desde el año pasado y se están viendo proyectos para hacer el Tour de RACE, probablemente la primera etapa sea este año en un país de Sudamérica.

En PASA debemos seguir la misma línea e incluir el SUP en todos los eventos.

Nos falta promover el SUP en categorías menores así que lo más probable es que lo haga PASA.

FL: ¿Ves en el Stand Up Paddle un importante motor para el desarrollo turístico en tu continente?

KS: Totalmente, ya tenemos información que solo en EEUU el SUP es considerado la actividad mas realizada por los turistas.

Es una actividad perfecta para el turista, muy divertida y fácil. En todos los lugares tenemos agua como lagos, ríos, mar y por ultimo hasta en piscinas. Creo que el SUP seguirá creciendo muy rápido.

FL: Recientemente, durante tu viaje a Europa, has estado visitando y surfeando la ola de Surfsnowdonia. Has podido constatar el trabajo conjunto entre grupos privados de inversión y administración. ¿Qué impresión te has llevado de esta experiencia?

KS: Me encantó poder confirmar que el Surf esta en todos lados. Lo que se viene en esta década son las Olas artificiales y poder hacer surf en cualquier parte del mundo.

El Surf se ha vuelto muy atractivo para los inversionistas y esto debido a la gran masificación del deporte en el mundo entero.

FL: Los que hemos viajado a Perú sabemos de su inmenso potencial en olas de calidad mundial. ¿Qué le dirías al viajero que aún no os conoce y que elije otros destinos más famosos, pero también más concurridos?

KS: El Surfer que quiere surfear todos los días, tiene que venir a Perú donde nunca faltan las olas. Los días mas flat´s encuentras olas de medio metro.  Que no tenemos tiburones, la comida es exquisita y la gente super amigable. El Perú es para la gente que quiere hacer todo intensamente.

FL: Por último, ¿cuál es tu opinión acerca del concepto de SUP Traveller?

KS: Pienso que será una gran herramienta para los SUPers del mundo. Quiero felicitarte por la iniciativa, creo que el proyecto esta en el camino correcto y se viene en grande, así como saber el SUP Español se encuentra en buenas manos. También agradecer tus palabras hacia mi persona.

FL: Muchas gracias querido compañero. Espero verte pronto compartiendo las mismas olas.

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SUP AND PRONE PADDLE RACES – NUTRITION AND DRAFTING STRATEGIES

NUTRITION AND DRAFTING STRATEGIES FOR LONGER SUP AND PRONE PADDLE RACES

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 01 MAY 2014   POSTED BY MATTWRIGHT

The 2014 Carolina Cup is in the bag. By all accounts, this race is quickly becoming or has become THE race of the early season that all the pros want to do well at and many of the age groupers we talk with are focusing on as their A-priority race. Huge kudos to the event promoters for putting on a professional and extremely well organized event in a killer location.  If you missed the race this year – you now have 355 days to get training. Don’t dilly dally.

The Carolina Cup course is a grueling one with chop, headwinds, and current.  It is a grueling course that is longer than most SUP races. Therefore, two aspects of the race are critical to success in Carolina.

First, to do well at Carolina you are going to have to learn how to paddle in a draft train. With the rise of Carolina as THE early season race, any discussion as to whether drafting should be allowed in SUP is essentially dead(1). If you want to do well in Carolina you need to know how to draft. In the second article in this series, we will discuss drafting tactics as we saw many paddlers make “rookie” mistakes related to the psychology and tactics of the drafting train.

Second, to do well at Carolina you are going to have to get your nutrition dialed in. We heard from too many paddlers that they blew up before the end of the race. We know many of these paddlers and we know that they did not race to their potential. Even if you are Danny Ching, this race is going to take you nearly 2.5 hours. There is no possible way you can race 2.5 hours on a banana and small bottle of water or Gatorade but that is what some paddlers we talked with tried to do.

As a general rule you need to focus on 3 areas when it comes to race nutrition

If you fail at any of these three you are not going to race to your potential. As they say “plan to succeed or fail to plan.” The corollary to that statement is that if you do not plan your nutrition you are going to fail. In the Riding Bumps book there is a chapter on race day nutrition. It is outside the scope of this post to recount everything we have in that chapter. If you have not yet read the book – now is your time. We discuss everything from how many calories to eat before the race to what you should

article from : http://www.ridingbumps.com/2014/05/01/carolina-cup-redux-nutrition-and-drafting-strategies/

be putting in your Camelbak during the race.

The problem with nutrition is that when things get hectic during a race most racers forget about their nutrition and once you get behind the eight ball it is almost impossible to catch up. Rule #1 with race nutrition is to plan ahead and stick to your plan. For many racers that means eating and drinking on schedule. Do not wait until you are hungry or thirsty. Set a timer and eat and drink like a robot. Remember Consuming a given amount of carbohydrate after two hours of exercise is not as effective as consuming the same amount at 15 to 20 minute intervals during the first two hours of activity. 

why do I love paddle boarding so much?

If you’ve been keeping up with Mark’s Daily Apple, you know that standup paddling is a longtime favorite pastime of mine. And though I was into it before it was “cool,” I’m certainly not the first. Fishermen have been paddling their water vessels from a standing position for thousands of years and pre-contact Hawaiian surfers employed long paddles to reach the best waves on their 3-5 meter-long boards. In the mid-20th century, Oahu surf instructors would lead classes atop longboards with paddles, but it wasn’t until Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama started standup paddling (and being filmed doing it) that the sport gained broad “sport” status and board makers began producing dedicated SUP boards.

So, a lot of people have asked: why do I love paddle boarding so much?

I love the minimalism of paddling. Consider snowboarding, which I also love. Snowboarding requires a bunch of equipment. You gotta get the lift ticket. You gotta wear the cold weather gear. You need to strap on the boots. You gotta ride the lift and wear the goggles and check the conditions. It’s exhausting. Exhilarating, too, and I look forward to it every season, but you can’t beat the simplicity of slipping into the water and hopping up on your board with just some shorts and a paddle and no plan at all.

I can’t do traditional meditation. I’ve tried. I know the benefits. It just doesn’t work for me. But paddling? Getting the angle of the paddle just right as it enters the water with the least resistance? Engaging every muscle, however minor and seemingly inconsequential, to pull against the water? Paddling is my meditation. To get the angle of the paddle as it enters the water just right with the least resistance. I never even really think of it as a workout, although there’s not a better core program if you have good technique. Since taking up paddling, I’ve really developed my serratus anteriors to go along with the standard abs.

Shoulder problems? Don’t worry. With proper form, the shoulder is stabilized when you paddle. The arms in both top and bottom position are maintained fairly straight throughout the stroke; think of a “V” emanating out from the shoulder, formed by the two straight arm. Most of the actual “work” is done with the lats, the serratus, the abs, the hips, and the legs. Overall, paddling with proper form is a fantastic shoulder external rotation “pulling” movement. Since the majority of people are biased toward interior rotation of the shoulders, tight pecs, and a slumped, inactive thoracic spine, usually from too much computer and smartphone usage, standup paddling is a godsend for shoulder health. Even gym rats, who tend to be bench press addicts, can benefit from adding more restorative pulling or external rotation at the shoulder. Many experts think your pulling (pullups, rows) should outweigh your pushing (pushups, bench, overhead press, dips) by at least 2:1. Paddling is a productive and enjoyable way to do it. When I have shoulder problems from the gym, paddling actually helps iron them out.

Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photographer Doug Ellis

Compared to kayaks and canoes, standup paddle boards give you a unique vantage point. Whereas the seated water vessels direct your focus toward going and moving forward and working hard, standing up directs your gaze downward and outward across the horizon. When I paddle, I can see everything below and around me, and because paddling itself is such a relaxed, meditative process, I’m inclined to take advantage of the increased visibility. If the water’s clear (as it is in Malibu), you’ll see some incredible things swimming below that you’d simply miss if you were trying to catch waves or cut through the water in record time. Standup paddling encourages exploration, and rewards it.

Cool things happen when you paddle. You might meet new people (SUPers are some of the coolest folks around, in my experience), you might catch a wave or two, you often see incredible wildlife (especially in Malibu – seals, dolphins, schools of bat rays and other large fish, etc.), because you can see straight down below.

A few weeks ago, I bought a new “starter” board on which to train first-timers (Costco, delivered free to the house!). The next Saturday I went down to the beach locker where I keep my boards and saw that there was a SUP race taking off just a few hundred feet up the beach. I figured I’d try the new board out in that race, so I registered. Big mistake. 20 paddle strokes in I could see that this board, while extremely stable and easy to ride, was a barge compared to my regular sleek board. This 5-mile ocean race was going to be a hurt dance if I was thinking of maintaining any real speed. And I couldn’t just drop out because, well, I knew too many people watching on the beach, so I settled in for a good workout and vowed to enjoy whatever happened. Rounding the final buoy about a mile and a quarter off shore, lost in the meditative paddling “zone” but aware of my surroundings, I was startled to look up and see not 50 feet away a large mama gray whale and twin calves just lolling in the water. This is a rare, rare sight, the kind of thing whale watching enthusiasts dream about. The people on SUPs around me were equally surprised, and we all just stopped — mostly because we were waiting to see if she and the kids might dive underneath us. It was fantastic and exhilarating to be that far from shore, in fairly choppy water wondering who would make the next move. As it turned out, we racers all agreed to take a 2-minute timeout and just “be” in this once in a lifetime moment. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. And that’s the kind of thing that can happen when you paddle.

Santa Barbara Lifestyle Photographer Doug Ellis

Interest piqued? I bet it is.

Here’s how to get started:

For beginners, I always recommend larger, wider boards like the Costco board mentioned above. The bigger the board, the better the stability. There’s nothing so demoralizing (and quick to discourage further paddling) to a newbie than repeatedly falling into the water because the board’s too wobbly and your balance is too underdeveloped. People with extensive surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or other board-riding experience can probably get away with smaller boards, but the majority of beginners will get the most out of a wider, more stable board. Softer tops (as opposed to harder ones) also tend to favor the beginner.

Another choice to make is between planing hulls and displacement hulls. Boards with a planing hulls are like surfboards, sitting flat atop the water. These are great for all-around use, catching waves, and general fun on the water. Displacement hulls cut through the water, more like a kayak. They’re intended for racing and long-distance touring. I recommend most beginners start with planing hull boards until they get a feel for what they want out of paddling. If you get really into the sport and want to start racing or going long distance, you can always switch to a board with a displacement hull.

Buy at a shop rather than online for your first one. Many shops offer renter programs where you can try before you buy, and they’re full of passionate experts who will guide you toward the best board for your situation. Also, get fitted for a proper non-adjustable paddle; they tend to be higher quality than the adjustable ones.

Other than that? Just go try it. As I said earlier, it’s so simple and requires so little equipment (beside the board and paddle) that you can slip into the water and have fun. Ocean, lake, pond, river — all it takes is some water. If you’re a little unsteady, start on your knees. If you fall off, laugh and get back on. No one’s watching. No one cares.

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Oh, and be sure to respect the locals, particularly if you’re trying to surf waves.

That’s about it for today, folks. If you have any questions about standup paddling, leave them down below. If you have any comments, tips, or advice for beginners, do the same.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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Como escolher a sua prancha de stand up paddle

Como escolher a sua prancha de stand up paddleEscolher uma prancha de stand up paddle não é nada fácil, principalmente para quem ainda não está familiarizado com o universo das pranchas, seus materiais e medidas. Para facilitar a escolha, defina bem o que você mais quer fazer com a prancha e dê prioridade para isso. Quer surfar? Quer fazer travessias longas? Quer competir? Para cada objetivo, existe um modelo de prancha mais adequado – comece a decisão por aí.

Leandro Ferraz, instrutor do Mau Loa SUP, explica aqui um pouco sobre os modelos mais encontrados no mercado. Veja qual corresponde melhor aos seus objetivos:

sup surf2_pranchas stand up paddleSUP SURF
Vai pegar onda? Se a sua intenção é surfar, você vai precisar de umaprancha menor. Cada vez mais parecida com a prancha de surf, a prancha de SUP Surf traz a performance da pranchinha para o stand up. Os menores modelos podem ter menos de 8 pés. Com pouca flutuação, uma pessoa leve até consegue remar bem na prancha, mas, no geral, não é um modelo indicado para remadas mais longas.



funboard3_pranchas stand up paddleFUNBOARD

Está começando? Essa é uma prancha que funciona para qualquer situação, seja para pegar ondinhas ou para remadas um pouco mais longas. Com comprimento um pouco maior do que a prancha de SUP Surf, entre 10 e 12 pés, ela se torna um pouco mais rápida e, sendo um pouco mais larga e com borda maior, ela facilita o equilíbrio. Como uma prancha intermediária, ela é uma ótima opção para iniciantes, mas não satisfaz quem busca performance, no surfe ou na remada.

Remadores mais pesados devem optar por tamanhos maiores. Uma Funboard de 12 pés comporta bem um remador de até 120 kg, enquanto uma prancha de 10 pés funciona melhor para um remador de até 75 kg.

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CRUISER

Quer ir longe? Com pelo menos 12,6 pés de comprimento e uma boa largura (entre 31 e 33 polegadas), essa é uma prancha mais confortável para remadas longas. Ela tem velocidade, equilíbrio e ainda espaço na superfície para levar alguma mochila ou coisa do tipo, o que é bem útil para longas distâncias. É também uma boa opção para os praticantes de SUP Fishing.


race 2_pranchas stand up paddleRACE
Quer ir rápido? Uma Race é melhor escolha para quem quer competir, mas é preciso ter experiência para remá-la. A prancha de Race tem cerca de 14 pés e está cada vez mais estreita, chegando a ter 24 polegadas de largura em alguns modelos. Por conta desse desenho, o equilíbrio nela é bastante difícil, mas a performance é ótima. Há pranchas de Race mais adequadas para downwind e modelos mais indicados para remadas em água parada.

whiter water_pranchas stand up paddleWHITEWATER
Vai descer corredeiras? O modelo whitewater (corredeira) é o mais indicado para você. Com comprimento entre 10,6 e 12,6 pés, essa prancha é normalmente inflável ou de polietileno, sendo mais resistente para a modalidade.

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Top 5 Wavecation spots for SUP – stand up paddle

Top 5 Wavecation spots for SUP

Five Great SUP Trips for Your Next Vacation

If you’ve been getting into the Stand Up Paddle scene over the last few years you’ve probably realized it’s a really great way to explore previously unsurfed areas as well as your local waterways. Now you may be ready to take your skills on the road and explore someplace new.  Are you yearning to embark on your own paddleboard travel adventure but don’t know where to start?  Here’s a list of five exceptional and unique SUP getaway destinations and accommodations.  So just sit back, relax and day dream about your next SUP trip.


Gerry Lopez taking off on a clean wall somewhere near Punta Mita, Mexico.

Punta Mita, Mexico

The Waikiki of Mexico, this laid back and tourist-friendly area is only 20 minutes from the airport in Puerto Vallarta and SUP is taking off in a big way down there. From the point break in funky Sayulita, to the rolling waves of Anclote, or the downwinders along the sparkling coast, this gorgeous peninsula is set up perfectly for stand up paddle fun.  When you go, check out the beachfront Cinco Hotel. This upscale hotel is doing a fabulous job of catering to the SUP community.  The owner has teamed up with the Pipe Master himself, Gerry Lopez, to offer SUP and yoga camps (next one is May 24-26). Not only does the hotel have SUP boards on site for guest use, but the rooms also look directly onto the Anclote surf break – known as one of the best beginner waves in Mexico.

Dana Point, California

Dana Point is a picturesque beachside community and a SUP hotspot. In the heart of Dana Point you’ll find Doheny Beach, home to the annual Battle of the Paddle and other SUP races throughout the year. Around the corner is Baby Beach, a wide sandy beach that serves as a meeting place and entry point for flat water paddling in the harbor.  For a perfectly located place to stay in Dana Point try the Dana Shores condo.


View from the Dana Shores Condo. The Strand surf break down below and the Ritz-Carlton on the next point.

Perched atop a bluff with commanding views of the dazzling coastline and passing whales, this 2 bed/2 bath condo unit is an ideal home base for paddlers. The owner – a gracious host and avid SUP enthusiast himself – is happy to share his local paddle knowledge with guests. If you’re up for a real workout you can take the stairs from the condo directly down to the beach and paddle along the cliffs or do some surfing at the beach break.
 PRAIA DA PIPA RN BRASIL 

Do you know a great way to combine surfing and exploring different beaches, towns, villages and the ever changing landscape? Booking a Surfing Safari with surf camp Pipa Brazil !
A team of experienced surfguides takes you to the best waves in this region, fitting your surfing skills. You will surf in secrets spots, where you will not have problems of overcrowding, 28/30 different types of waves that break during the year (about 14 in the summer and 16 in the winter) within 40km of coastline around Pipa.
The Surfari is ideal for those who travel alone or in small groups. Your fellow travelers are with you for three or five days, so you get a good chance to make some friends and learn from each other in the water and on the land. Our groups in general age from 18 to 35 years of age with a 50/50 mix of sexes, from all various walks of life and countries. Groups sizes of maximum 8 people plus two guides.
Surf Pipa School stands for a high level of water safety. People with zero or little surf experience will follow some classes before we will let you go free surfing. It does not matter if the waves are big, because we keep all beginners very close to the beach where the waves have less power.
Experienced Surfers paddle straight past the beginners into the line-up. Local knowledge and the use of surf forecasts will determine at which places we surf during the surf trip. Usually we will surf at three or four different places along the coastline.

Slickrock Resort, Belize

This small island on the Glover’s Reef Atoll is a true paddle paradise with endless miles of turquoise water dotted with tiny cays and islands to explore. The private island hosts only about 2 dozen guests at a time who enjoy almost every water sport imaginable including diving, fishing, SUP, kayak, kite boarding and surfing. During your week-long stay all meals are included. You’ll be delighted with the menu prepared from freshly caught fish, hand picked coconuts and other ingredients fresh from the land and sea. After dinner the ocean will lull you to sleep in your rustic beachfront cabana.

SUP surfing at Glover's Reef in Belize
Sup surfing a green wave at Glover’s Reef, Slick Rock resort in Belize

Sauble Lake, Lake Huron, Ontario

This popular Canadian summer retreat boasts warm weather, sandy beaches and miles of paddling. Lake Huron, which appears just as endless as the ocean, dominates the landscape. You could paddle for days up or down the coastline and even surf small waves most of the summer. Grab a friend and paddle from the beach up the river to Sauble Falls Park and enjoy the natural waterfalls. Cottage rentals are the lodging of choice in Sauble Beach. Try the Sandpiper and Seagull cottages built in 1937. These simple and rustic beachfront cabins offer rates starting at $145 per night.

Front Porch of the Seagull cottage on Sauble lake Ontario
Enjoy a rustic cabin in the woods across the path from miles of SUP opportunities


Yes, there is good SUP and sometimes waves and “warm” water in the Great Lakes.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii’s North Shore has one of the most concentrated stretches of surf breaks in the world. Summer visitors will enjoy clear waters and calm conditions while each winter the North Shore comes alive with huge swells. Many of the surf breaks here are best suited for expert surfers but there are some wonderful spots for stand up paddling, even if you’re a beginner. Try the scenic paddle up Haleiwa River or the beaches surroundingTurtle Bay which have played host to many SUP events. Located on a picturesque point, the Turtle Bay Resort offers SUP lessons and rentals and has plenty of turtle filled lagoons to explore as well as world class waves. The hotel offers incredible ocean views or choose one of the Ocean Villas and stay just steps from the waters edge.

girl paddling out at Turtle Bay Surf Resort
Turlte Bay Resort offers an incredible surf front location perfect for surfers, paddleboarders and families

More Exciting SUP Destinations

  1. Playa Guiones, Costa Rica – Where jungle meets the sea. Sunrise paddle in the waves with howlers monkey’s calling in the distance.
  2. Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii –  SUP paddlers playground. Gentle waves and calm waters are ideal for first time wave riders.
  3. Surfer’s Point, Barbados – Blue water and a forgiving point break make this a popular spot for SUP.
  4. Tofino, Canada – Breathtaking, and not because of the cold water. Temperate rainforest meets an unspoiled coastline with unlimited paddling choices.
  5. Treasure Cay, Bahamas –  All girls SUP camps with clear water, white sand, unexplored islands and small waves.

Article written by Wavecation and originally posted at SUP Connect

Remos: análisis técnico de sus características

Remos: análisis técnico de sus características

Por Arnaud Frennet: Del punto de vista técnico, mucho se ha hablado de tablas, de posición y técnica para remar, de quillas, de leash, etc… pero parece que se nos esta olvidando la pieza mas importante que hace del Stand Up Paddle lo que es…me refiero al remo! Si señores, sin remo el SUP vuelve a ser surf y ya no es SUP! Y nos dimos cuenta que hasta ahora es bien poco lo que los SUPistas saben de sus remos, a la excepción quizás de que todos tenemos una idea del largo aproximado que debe tener para cada uno.

¿Que tan largo debe ser el remo? Seguro que tienen la respuesta exacta?

Resulta que hay muchas otras características que hacen que un remo se comporte de forma diferente y sea mas eficaz, no solo su longitud. La alineación de los materiales, las formas exactas de las palas, el ancho, la flexibilidad, etc…

Frente a tantas interrogantes el redactor jefe de la división técnica de StandUpLatino decidió mandarme al agua nuevamente…la tarea era clara: disecar los remos y descubrir hasta sus mas íntimos secretos. Parece que el trabajo duro siempre me toca a mí!!

 

Tras 3672 horas remando con distintas palas, y muchas ampollas en las manos, pude finalmente sacar conclusiones…muchas conclusiones, tantas que me demoré 3 semanas en ordenarlas para explicárselas en forma simple. También le pedí ayuda a Michi Schweiger, para compartir ideas y que me ayudará en mis conclusiones. Michi es un gran competidor de SUP race (protagonista cada año en el Molokai2Oahu) y excelente SUPista en ola, pero además tiene una inigualable experiencia en el desarrollo de productos con el team Naish, siendo Brand Manager de la marca Hawaiana.

En nuestro análisis aquí nos limitaremos a hablar principalmente de las 3 características que nos parecen de mayor influencia en un remo: su material de construcción, el largo del mango, y el ancho/tamaño de la pala.

Si bien hay otras características como la alineación de materiales, la forma exacta de la pala, y el ángulo de la pala que tienen una influencia clave en el desempeño de un remo, el mercado hoy en día no ofrece diferencias claras de un remo a otro en estos aspectos. Por lo tanto nos limitaremos a analizar las 3 características mencionadas anteriormente, las cuales nos parecen las mas relevante a la hora de elegir un remo.

Antes que nada recomendamos revisar nuestra clase de cómo remar para bien entender los conceptos de Alcance, Tirón y Recuperación.

Longitud del mango:

La regla general dice que el remo debería ser unos 15 a 20 centímetros mas largos que el SUPista. La idea es de tener la pala justo sumergida en su totalidad durante todo el movimiento de Tirón.

Si el remo es demasiado largo, pedirá un movimiento mas abierto y amplio para la Recuperación con el fin de no golpear el agua, lo que implica un gasto energético adicional e innecesario, y también una baja en el ritmo.

Si el remo es demasiado corto no permitirá un buen Alcance y hará trabajar en exceso los lumbares por la obligación de mantener una posición agachada.

Ahora si bien la regla del 15-20 centímetros es una buena aproximación, hay que considerar otras variables:

–       Una pala más profunda significa un mayor largo total, y viceversa.

–       Técnica de remar del SUPista. Algunos tienen una flexibilidad que les permite un excelente Alcance con remos mas cortos, y podría  encontrarse mas cómodos así. Otros se sienten mejor sin usar demasiado la espalda, remando en forma mas parada, y necesitarán de un remo un poco mas largo.

–       La altura de flotación de la tabla por sobre el nivel del agua, lo que es directamente relacionado con su espesor y volumen, y el peso del rider. A mayor altura, mas alto tendrá que ser el remo, y viceversa.

–       Modalidad de SUP, Wave o Race, downwind, Río, etc… Aquí un centímetro mas o menos puede ser muy importante para los riders que buscan el performance máximo.

En SUP race se usa generalmente remos un poco mas largos respecto al SUP wave, no solo porque la tablas tienen mayor flotación pero también para lograr un mayor Alcance.

En SUP wave todo depende del tamaño de la ola. La tendencia va por remos un poco mas cortos cuando la ola es chica, lo que permite maniobras más cerradas en menos espacio. En olas grandes trae ventajas usar  remos un poco más largos provechando así un pequeño extra de Alcance y potencia para entrar temprano al take-off.

Olas grandes permiten remos mas largos. En olas chicas puede resultar mejor un remo mas corto.

Michi Schweiger nos comenta que utiliza un remo de hasta 4 a 5 pulgadas más largo en SUP race que en SUP wave. “Es mas largo porque me encuentro mas alto respecto a una tabla de SUP surf, pero también quiere un poco mas de alcance” dice el Brand Manager de Naish.

Tamaño/ancho de la pala:

Primero es importante entender como funciona un remo:

Para remar de forma eficaz, uno intenta deslizarse hasta el punto de alcance que ha logrado, o sea tirarse hasta ese punto para avanzar en vez de tirar agua hacía atrás. Obviamente al ejercer presión sobre el remo este se desliza hacia atrás dentro del liquido, provocando flujo y turbulencias de agua por sus bordes. Esta es la parte ineficiente de remar, y hay que intentar limitarla. Ahora esto tiene directa relación con el ancho de las palas que conocemos.

Pala ancha o de tamaño grande: ofrecen el mismo nivel de turbulencias por una mayor superficie, por lo tanto deberían ser mas eficaz… Esto es verdad pero solo hasta que uno pueda mantener una remada estable sin vibración y que la potencia de la pala no supere su capacidad física. Si una pala llega a ser demasiada ancha o grande, uno ya no es capaz de ejercer un tirón estable, y se cae en el otro extremo.

Pala chicas: la relación de turbulencias por área de pala es mayor con una pala chica, pero tiene la ventaja que es más fácil ejercer tirones estables resultando en una remada más ordenada. También facilita los altos ritmos de remada, con mayor frecuencia, como para arranques repentinos.

En conclusión a cada uno y cada estilo su tamaño de pala perfecto, pero la tendencia indica que resulta mejor utilizar un poco mas ancho en SUP race, y mas chico en SUP wave.

Michi Schweiger nos comenta: “uso una Naish Makani 8 pulgadas en olas y una Kaholo de 9 en carreras. La pala mas chica entra mas rápido en el agua y facilita tener una alta frecuencia para lanzar la tabla en la ola. En SUP race tengo mas palanca gracias a un mayor largo de mango y me enfoco mas en la potencia que en una remada realmente rápida”.

Una pala chica permite un ritmo elevado y un buen arrance para take-off rapidos

Material de construcción del mango:

Existen varias alternativas: aluminio, fibra de vidrió, 100% carbono, y combinaciones de fibra y carbono. Aquí en resumen las características que mas dependen de la construcción, y en que influyen para el SUPista:

–       Peso & resistencia: es obvio que un remo mas liviano es mas agradable de remar. Requiere menos esfuerzo y por lo tanto permite remar mas tiempo antes de agotar energía.

Pero ojo con buscar siempre mas liviano ya que también va de mano con una disminución de la de resistencia.

En general los remos de 100% carbono ofrecen la mejor relación peso/resistencia, mientras los de aluminio tienen menor resistencia y a veces mayor peso. Las versiones de fibra o fibra/carbono pueden ser excelentes alternativas intermedias a costo razonable.

–       Rigidez y respuesta: Entendemos como “respuesta” la rapidez con la cual un remo bajo flexión vuelve a su forma original, y esta directamente relacionado a la rigidez del mango. Una respuesta rápida con buen nervio ayuda a una remada mas eficaz. Un remo totalmente duro no tiene respuesta alguna y al otro extremo los de aluminio tienen una respuesta elástica no muy eficiente.

Aquí nuevamente los remos de carbono ofrecen la mejor alternativa, con el mejor equilibrio entre rigidez y respuesta, pero algunos son mas duros que otros. Aquí se trata de estilo y gusto personal, teniendo en cuenta que un remo mas duro tienen tendencia a hacer sufrir las articulaciones.

Flex y respuesta del mango, bajo dura prueba en el laboratorio tecnico de StandUpLatino

Michi nos comenta su preferencia personal: “Uso un mango redondo, los ovalados son un poco demasiado duros para mi gusto y me empiezan a doler las articulaciones tras largas distancias. Me gusta un poco de flexibilidad, pero no algo blando, quiere algo que de un golpe seco hacia atrás”.

En conclusiones, a cada estilo y a cada SUPista su remo…

Depende de muchas cosas incluyendo el presupuesto. Pero si bien aquí quisimos aclarar varios conceptos y darle un mejor entendimiento a la hora de elegir su remo, queremos recodar que lo fundamental es de pasarlo bien! Así que no se vayan a estresar la próxima vez que estén remando porque su remo esta faltando de respuesta en el final del tirón… disfruten de todos los momentos en el agua, y siga remando lleno de sonrisa!!