Technique with Tituoan
When a competitive edge can make the difference between a 1st or 2nd place on the podium, athletes usually take notice. In SUP racing, a dugout offers an interesting range of advantages over more conventional shapes, allowing a Ninja, Sonic or Carolina more glide, a more efficient paddle stroke and an overall more stable feel despite a leaner (faster!) shape. Even the Molokai, our dedicated and unlimited downwind board is available with a recessed deck.
But let Titouan explain:
Titouan explains the advantages of dugout shapes
Main Takeaways from this episode
#1 CENTRE OF GRAVITY
A lower centre of gravity allows for more balance, giving a rider with a dugout increased stability.
#2 INCREASED STABILITY
The increased stability allows for a thinner and thus more efficient racing shape.
#3 MORE PADDLING LEVERAGE
Being closer to the water changes the geometry of your paddle stroke, allowing for more leverage during the peak of your stroke.
#4 BETTER BANKING ANGLES
The sidewalls of the dugout allow for a much higher banking angle and prevent you from sliding off the board.
Hailing from New Caledonia, Titouan is a French racer with a background in outrigger racing, just like Travis Grant. Winning the Carolina Cup twice has established Titouan as a force to be reckoned with on the International racing circuit.
Also in this how-to series, with contributions from Travis Grant:
Technique with Travis – Properly securing your board
Technique with Travis – Leashes
Technique with Travis – Improving your SUP paddling style
Technique with Travis – Proper paddle length
Technique with Travis – Buoy Turning
Technique with Travis – Racing Strategy
Technique with Travis – Choosing your SUP fins
Technique with Travis – Recessed decks and what does it do?
Technique with Travis – How to do fast beach starts
Video by: Taylor Johnson pics by Paddle League, EUROtour and Georgia Schofield