downwind paddle board


Downwind stand up paddle boarding Lessons in Chichester, West Sussex

Downwind paddle boarding, has been a huge part of the paddling around the world, taking people out into the ocean to enjoy riding swells, aided by the wind.  It is something I’ve done a lot, with a lot of success, but you need to build your skills up to make sure you’re prepared.

Downwind paddle boarding

What's involved with downwinding

Downwind paddleboarding is a real thrill, where you’re catching bumps and swell, with the wind on your back and gliding along.

Unlike surfing, you’re looking to catch a bump or small swell, then ride it along and then connect to another one as it pops up.

It’s a really technical side of the sport and requires balance, awareness and an understanding of the way the water moves.

When you first start, you’ll catch the occasional glide, but as you improve, those rides get longer.

Having a good awareness of the environment is crucial for the safety of you and others.


downwinder Outline

The Downwind paddle boarding lesson is your gateway to safe openwater paddling.

Our session will teach you about:

The Open Water Environment

  • Reading the conditions both water and wind
  • Identifying hazards

Safety at Sea

  • Planning the trip relating to the upcoming weather systems
  • How to paddle as a team
  • Paddle smart
  • How to handle your kit in rough water and strong winds
  • How to wipe out and remount
  • Planning launch and exit points
  • Safety signals and comms
  • Emergency services processes

Dressing to be smart

  • Choose suitable SUP downwind paddle board and equipment
  • Identify suitable clothing to wear
  • Identify safety equipment and accessories

Paddle Skills and Strokes

  • Identify wave mechanics to maximize performance
  • How to read the wind for best effect
  • Catch and ride “bumps”
  • Demonstrate correct paddling technique and stance
  • Methods to vary stroke rate and length
  • Rail steering
  • How to maintain momentum and speed

Entry Requirements:

  • Be able to swim 200 metres without stopping
  • Must be able to paddle in choppy waters and able to remount quickly, without help

downwind session Details


Downwind Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons at Surfs SUP

Service Overview:

Experience the thrill of downwind stand up paddle boarding with Surfs SUP in Chichester Harbour. Our expert instructors offer comprehensive lessons for intermediate to advanced paddlers, focusing on technique, safety, and enjoyment in dynamic water conditions.

What to Expect:

  • Professional guidance from experienced instructors
  • Lessons tailored for intermediate to advanced paddlers
  • Safe and exciting downwind paddling experiences

For more details and to book, visit Surfs SUP Downwind SUP Lessons.