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:
- Stand the board on its tail (end) with the deck (top of the board) facing you.
- Lay your paddle on the ground inside easy reach.
- Handle the rails (the edges of the board) with both hands.
- Walk yourself under the board so your head is about halfway between the nose (front) and the tail.
- Stand upright with the board overhead, still holding it by its rails.
- 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.