When it comes to stand up paddle technique, you can only learn so much about the mechanics of the stroke standing up. At some point you’ve got to get into a canoe (preferably a OC-1) to really break down the mechanics. If possible, have someone watch you that can give you feed back or better yet video you. Video is about the only coach that won’t lie and won’t miss your little errors. Make sure to get a few different angles. What you feel versus what you’re doing can be so far apart some times it’s scary. Why the canoe ? Good question. Because it allows you to isolate the most important part of the stroke, the upper body. By taking the legs and hips out of the equation you are left to isolate the arms, shoulders and back.