When it comes to SUP surfing, there’s a lot you need to remember: reading the conditions, making it through the whitewash, positioning yourself to catch waves, following etiquette rules in the lineup-and oh yeah-actually catching and riding the waves. With so much to keep track of, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.

Here’s a hint: look down. Everything starts with a solid base and mastering your footwork fundamentals is the first step to becoming an accomplished SUP surfer. Check out this helpful tutorial-complete with useful illustrations and graphics-to get your feet in the proper position to shred like never before.

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