Originally Posted by bvwp1
I like to switch from forward stance to surf stance in bigger rapids. It helps me a lot for balance being able to brace well on my strong side. In small rapids I just stay facing forwards.
This is correct, Skate stance is the only way to go in rapids. Blader stance is very good for crossing eddy lines, in eddies and smaller rapids. I also go Blader Style till the last minute to get max speed, then switch to skate style right as I enter the rapid.
I took a SUP down the Grand Canyon and was able to run every rapid with it. Obviously did a lot of the get bucked off and swim for your life to grad your board technique.
The most important thing in SUP'ing is being civilized. You just step on all civilized , then session it and then at the end pull up to the bank and step off all civilized. That's the only tip I give beginners, "be civilized".
I attached a pic of being civilized in Hance Rapid on the grand.