Are you looking for a unique experience on the water that’s not a raft or a boat? You need to try out stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). It’s a one-of-a-kind experience on the water that is so much different from anything else you have tried. Here are 10 tips for learning how to stand-up paddleboard.
- Select The Right Board
Select a board at least 30 inches wide and 11 feet long. The board should feel comfortable and not like it is about to tip when standing without forward motion. A common mistake made by people trying to SUP for the first time is they start off on a board that is too small and become discouraged.
- Start Off On Flat Water
Always start off paddle boarding in flat water. Can you imagine learning how to ski in extremely snowy terrain? The same concept applies for stand-up paddle boarding. Flat water will help you get your bearings.
- Hold The Paddle Properly
You should always grip the paddle with one hand on the top and the other in the middle. You should always have the paddle positioned in front of you with elbows at 90 degrees. This will allow for a comfortable paddling position.
- No Broomsticking
A common mistake amongst first-time paddle boarders is holding the paddle like a broomstick. Try to hold it correctly as we have stated above. 🙂
- Don’t Be Afraid Of Falling
While learning to paddle board, unless you have incredible natural ability, chances are that you will fall a time or two. Don’t be afraid of falling! You will be wearing a life jacket (PFD) and there is a reason paddles are made with floatation– so you can grab them easily out of the water when you fall!
- Start Off Slowly
Once you get the paddle board into flat water without the fin touching, first start off on your knees and make basic strokes on each side. This will help you get comfortable with the board.
- Transition Start
Once you get comfortable starting off, slowly stand up one foot at a time. Keep your body in the middle of the board with parallel feet about shoulder width apart.
- No Surfer Stance
Most people who try paddle boarding for the first time want to position themselves into a surfer stance. If you get into this stance you will fall and it will make for a miserable experience. Save the surfer stance for the surfboard. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, 1 foot slightly in front of the other.
- Maintain A Good Core
With good balance comes a good core. You can maintain your core with a slight bend in the knees while positioning yourself in the center of the board to achieve balance more easily.
10. Enjoy Yourself
The most important part of learning anything is your mental state of mind. If you keep a positive spirit and enjoy yourself then mastery of the paddle board will come.