Stand up Paddle Board Basics
Just thinking about stand up paddle boards make me wanna cancel my trip this summer. It’s not that I don’t like water sports, it’s just that I’m more interested in other outdoor activities like rock or mountain climbing or simple weekend fishing. But I have heard about sup from friends for some time now and they all seem to enjoy it. So, I guess it’s about time to try it……after all, it’s not as tough as surfing, is it? Anyway, before the trip, I have to know stand up paddle board basics.
So, what’s stand up paddle boarding anyway?
Standup paddles boarding is a combination of two water sports: kayaking and surfing. It’s not as tough as surfing, but not as easy as kayaking. It’s also called SUP. It’s now the fastest growing water sport all over the world, would you believe? This made me think “is it really that fun?” This water sport started way back in the 1960’s but it was only in the year 2000 when it started to become popular with professional surfers.
But actually, the real reason why SUP is getting more and more popular is because it’s a great way to do your full body workout.
Other SUP advantages?
- It’s fun and relaxing
- It can improve your core strength
- Improves balance and endurance
- Improves your health
- Reduces stress
- Good alternative for gym workouts
- Let you connect with nature
- More natural Vitamin D
- Standup paddle
- Board (about 30” + wide for newbies)
- Standup paddleboard leash
- Board bag
The key to standup paddle boarding
It’s all about technique. So, no matter how strong you are, if you don’t know the basic of standup paddle board, you’ll end with a lot of mistakes. Be sure to know the following:
- Proper paddling technique
- Basic turns
- How to stay safe
- How to fall and get back on
- Focus on your core, not on your arms
- Keeping your midsection engaged for better balance
- Go get the right gear (your board should match your weight and ability)
Getting on the standup paddleboard
- Check the weather- Make sure it’s not that windy
- Find a great location- Find a perfect place with a sandy bottom for you not to get hurt in case you fall
- Tie the nylon strap over the leash string
- Wrap the Velcro over the leash string
- Attach the other end around your ankle to keep the board attached to your body whatever happens
- Make sure you’re in about knee-deep water before you get on the board
- To get on, place your paddle vertically in front of the carry handle with both hands above the paddle shaft
- Place one knee on the far side of the board and the other on the near side of the carry handle
- Paddle around with your knees first to get the feel of it
- Paddle with both hands and make sure to get the blade completely in the water
- Remember to switch on the other side after about 5 to 7 strokes
- Try to stand up on your board once you get comfortable paddling with your knees by:
- Placing your paddle across the board with your fingers over the shaft
- Look at the skyline and tuck your toes
- Bring your knees up to your chest one at a time
- Place your feet flat on the board
- Press up slowly
- Get your paddle in the water quickly to keep your balance
- Paddle efficiently, comfortably and most of all safely.
It’s best to try it on lakes and rivers first before going somewhere else. I know it sounds so easy but we have to be safe. Once we all set and ready, that’s the time to go try stand-up paddle boarding in the world’s top paddle boarding spots!