Stand up paddle boarding has recently become one the most popular outdoor activities and once you try it you will totally understand why! Paddle boarding is not only insanely fun and easy to do, but provides you with an awesome workout too. There is no better way to experience nature and the outdoors than on top of a SUP. They can be used on almost all oceans, lakes, and rivers and can transport you to places you simply cannot reach on your own two feet. Learning how to paddleboard is a fun experience that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.
Types of Paddleboards
It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that you cannot paddle board without a SUP. There nearly countless different types of SUPs with completely different shapes, sizes and materials. If you are beginner we recommend you start with a traditional hard paddleboard that is 12 feet long and 32 inches wide. The larger the board is, the easier it will be to balance yourself. As you get more experienced, you can move on to a smaller board.
The second most important piece of equipment for anyone paddle boarding is obviously going to be the paddle they use. Just like with the SUPs, paddles come in totally different shapes and sizes. Any typical plastic, aluminum or carbon fiber paddle with do just fine. The only important decision when choosing a paddle is to determine the length of the paddle. It is usually recommended that you use a paddle that is 6 to 10 inches longer than the height of the person paddling.
How to Stand on a SUP without falling off
- Begin in calm, still waters if possible when first getting on.
- Make sure the paddle board is in water that is at least 2/3 feet deep so the boards fins are not hitting the bottom.
- First start paddling while in a kneeling position so you have a lower center of gravity.
- If you decide to stand up, get up one foot at a time and try to stay as close to the center of the board as possible.
How to Paddle a SUP
- Keep a balanced position with your knees bent and have a slight forward lean.
- Place one hand on the top of the paddle and the other slightly lower on the paddle’s shaft.
- The paddle should enter the water as far out in front of you as possible and to complete the stroke simultaneously push and pull with both your arms until the paddle is completely past you.
- Make sure to constantly switch the sides that you paddle on to maintain a straight course.