With the SUP racing season now in full swing, you’re undoubtedly looking for ways to improve your performance on the water. But while dialing in your stroke is critical, you can’t afford to overlook your beach start technique. Because let’s face it, if you’re already behind 20 or 30 paddlers before you take your first stroke, it’s going to be a lot tougher to score a top finish.

To help dial in your starts, legendary SUP racer Travis Grant put together this ultra-helpful tutorial. Complete with detailed tips and tricks from one of the best paddler’s on earth, think of it as your cheat sheet to getting the holeshot in your next race.

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