How To Choose A Paddle Board & Paddle

SUP Board

Looking to get started with paddle boarding? This article will cover the basic gear and techniques to get you up on your way!

I briefly discussed what you’ll need in my last post, you can find that here. If you want a really in-depth guide to paddle boarding gear check out paddlers retreat. If you read that article you’ll know you need the following

A Paddle Board

A Leash

A Paddle

A Personal Floatation Device

Appropriate Clothes.

I mostly want to talk about the paddle board and the paddle. The leash and the PFD is pretty straight forward. Of course the clothes can be a bit trickier but overall if it’s cold bring a wetsuit if it’s warm bring sunscreen and a nice hat to protect your face from the sun!

The board is the most important part of the experience. It’s also the most expensive piece of equipment you’ll need to buy, so getting it right is very important! You don’t want to end up with a board that is completely out of your element or is so cheap it can’t hold your weight!

Good beginner paddle boards

The best paddle board for beginners is the Tower Adventurer 9’10″ Inflatable SUP. Tower has cut down on the cost of manufacturing the board by cutting out the middle man.

In the past paddle board manufacturers wouldn’t let companies sell their product for less than a certain amount. Despite the fact that the markup was huge!

Why?

They had worked out agreements with the big players in the market to make sure the prices were “set”. So Tower Paddle Board’s did what any sane person would do. Build your own plant.

The result? They produce and sell high quality inflatable boards for several hundred dollars cheaper than the competitors. Since then other players have emerged in the market place but in our opinion Tower’s Adventurer still remains the premium board under $800.

If you want to spend a little bit less you can look at the solstice which is a pretty good board in it’s own right. It’s not as firm when fully inflated at the Tower Board but in terms of bang for your buck the solstice is pretty darn hard to beat.

Other alternatives include Pelican and Isle. They both offer decent boards for under $1000.

What About The Paddle?

Don’t skimp on the paddle. Buy a tower paddle board to save a few bucks and then buy a carbon fibre paddle.

You can get an aluminum model, but it’s just not worth it! Buy a quality paddle, the aluminum ones are simply too heavy. Carbon fibre will cost you another $100 but it’s money well spent if you plan on spending any time paddling.

Also make sure you get a paddle that is 6-8″ bigger then you. If you buy a paddle that is too short you minus well be standing on a paddle board that doesn’t hold your weight!

 

Paddleboarding in Action – Learn how to Paddleboard

Standup paddling otherwise called SUP has been around in its current modern structure for 10 years. Despite the fact that a standup paddle board is not yet as recognizable as say, a bike, SUP is without a doubt getting recognized. Almost every body of water, around the world, has turned into a playground for standup paddlers.

If you read the last article which covered the history and gears for Paddleboarding, then I’m sure you’re now eager to learn how to take your paddleboard in action. If you already have the gears ready with you, then we can get started!

Taking your Board to the Water

Most SUP boards have a built-in handle. Simply lean the board on its rail (edge), then reach for the handle (a grasp in the middle of the board) and tuck the board under one arm. Bring the paddle with your other hand.

For longer distances or if your board has no handle, you should to carry your paddleboard on your head. Here are some tips to get it done:

  1. Stand the board on its tail (end) with the deck (top of the board) facing you.
  2. Lay your paddle on the ground inside easy reach.
  3. Handle the rails (the edges of the board) with both hands.
  4. Walk yourself under the board so your head is about halfway between the nose (front) and the tail.
  5. Stand upright with the board overhead, still holding it by its rails.
  6. Twist down to get your paddle and head for the water.

Standing on Board

For a person like you that’s new to the game, its best to begin in flat, calm water that is free of snags like boats and buoys. At first, you may find it easier to kneel on the board instead of standing upright. Here are the steps to kick you off:

  • Standing alongside the board in shallow water, put your paddle over the deck of the board and use it as an outrigger. The paddle grip is on the rail (edge) of the board; the blade rests on the water.
  • Hold the board by the rails. One hand will additionally be holding the paddle grip.
  • Pop yourself onto the board into a kneeling position, just behind the center point of the board.
  • From that kneeling position, get a feel for the balance point of the board. The nose shouldn’t pop up out of the water and the tail shouldn’t delve in.
  • Keep your hands on either side of the board to balance out it.

Once you’re prepared, stand up on the board one foot at a time. Place your feet where your knees were. You may additionally bring a friend to help balance out the board as you get the hang of standing on it.

Starting to Move Around and Paddling

  • You’re upright on the board, feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Twist your knees, utilizing your legs as individual shock absorbers even out any movement in the water’s surface.
  • Eyes on the horizon, not on your feet.
  • Your head and shoulders should be erect and your hips should be in line with your shoulders.
  • Begin paddling! Forward momentum increases your stability.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding – Brief Introduction

One of the quickest growing watersport in the World, stand up paddle boarding is developing very fast. You can do it on any body of water from seas, lakes, rivers and bay – even a swimming pool if it’s huge enough. It’s an incredible full body core workout and is an even better approach to experience the water in the outdoors. Individuals of all ages, skill levels, and experience could be up and riding right away. There is even room to toss a little youngster or a dog on board.

The Inventor of Paddle Boarding

Maui surf legend Laird Hamilton was searching for an approach to cross train for enormous waves in the early 90′s. He got a canoe paddle and his longest surfboard and discovered paddling while upright to be an awesome workout. A lot of people erroneously accept he designed the sport of paddle boarding, however, its unique roots dates back over a huge number of years to ancient Hawaiian, Peruvian and African culture. Every one of the 3 culture had some type of paddle boarding, however, the Hawaiians are given the credit as the first to really surf waves with a paddle for actual sport and had a saying to depict surfing with a paddle as Hoe He’e nalu.

Paddle Boarding Gear

Stand-up paddle board - The way to discovering a decent fit is to talk with a certified paddleboard expert and try out the boards in the water before you purchase them to get an idea regarding how they handle. Wider, flatter boards are more stable, and a basic, all-around board for most guys has a tendency to be something like 12 feet to 12 feet 6 inches in length, for example, the Riviera Voyager. You’ll be spending at least $800 to $900 on a basic yet quality board. Purchasing a paddleboard is an investment, as is purchasing, say, a road bike, however it won’t lose its dollar value because you can always sell later.

Paddle: Stand up paddles differ, however most have a straight shaft with an angled blade whose size is specific to every person. A decent dependable guideline is to pick a paddle that is something like 10 inches taller than you in case you’re flat-water paddling. The grip ought to be at midpalm with shoulders square and hand extended overhead. A good paddle will cost you about $300-$400, yet you shouldn’t need to ever replace it.

PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard groups stand up paddleboards as vessels, so always wear a PFD whenever you’re paddling navigable water.

Standup Paddleboard Leash: Maybe one of the most imperative pieces of equipment is the leash, the thing that connects you to your board. For any paddler, this little thing can mean the difference life and death. If you find yourself tired and you’re still a long way from shore, the leash will keep your board inside your reach if you fall in. Even in a light breeze, your board will go out of your reach in seconds.