So have you decided to take the plunge too, literally and figuratively, to give Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) a try? Well, you’re not alone! Almost everyone is doing it these days.
This isn’t surprising at all since it is relatively an easy activity to do and is definitely fun. And do you know that it can provide you with vigorous, whole-body exercise? In fact, you can burn more than 500 calories an hour. Isn’t that amazing?
To help you get started, let me share with you a basic step-by-step guide to help you learn how to stand up paddleboard. Please keep on reading below.
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- Basic Paddle Boarding Equipment You Will Need
- Steps on How To Stand Up Paddle Board
- Final Thought
Basic Paddle Boarding Equipment You Will Need
When learning SUP, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the basic equipment before hitting the water. What’s great about this activity is that it only requires a few pieces of equipment to enjoy. These are:
1. Stand Up Paddle Board
It’s important to know how to choose a paddle board. For a beginner like you, I highly recommend you consider renting gear or borrowing from a friend. After that, if you think you love SUP and you want to do more of it, you can consider buying your own.
You will want to look for a thicker and wider paddle board with a flatter top. Since it has larger surface, your weight will be evenly distributed making the paddleboard significantly more stable on the water and much easier for you to balance. In addition to that, the thickness of the board will make sure you will stay afloat.
Paddles come in different styles and various designs. So make sure you choose one that will not only come in a price comfortable to you but as well as the way you will be riding your paddle board.
It’s very important to use a leash as this will not only keep you safe but as well as the other people on the water. In fact, it has been considered to be the lifeline of most paddle boarder's.
Trust me, it will be very annoying to be swimming as hard as you can just to catch your paddle board that is being carried away by the current the moment it came out under your feet or worse, you might accidentally hit other people with your paddle board; that’s definitely something we don’t want to happen.
Take note that the current can change very quickly, I’m sure you’d be glad you have your leash with you to save you from these scenarios.
4. Proper clothing
You should also know what to wear while you are stand up paddle boarding. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you can freely move with clothes that you are wearing. It would also be great if it comes with proper protection from the sun as you will likely be out in the heat for a while.
Steps on How To Stand Up Paddle Board
Of course, it's a whole lot better to be out there with a professional instructor to actually learn how to stand up on paddle board; but for the meantime, you can read this quick step-by-step guide on how you can get moving into the right direction.
Step 1: Put your leash on
First thing first, you must begin with safety measures. Wear your leash on your dominant foot or the foot that goes at the back of the board that controls your movement and turns.
But how do you know it’s your dominant foot? Here’s a simple test you can try out. Ask your friend to push you and do your best not to anticipate it. Whichever foot you put out first is probably your dominant foot.
Step 2: Launch your paddle board
Grab your paddle board with the paddle and head into the ocean with confidence. Once you reach in thigh-deep water, stand beside your paddle board.
If you have a friend near you, you can ask him to hand you the paddle. If not, just place the paddle between the middle and front of the board as you attempt to sit cross-legged or on your knees on the board.
You can also straddle the board like what you do with a surfboard. Find what’s comfortable and make you confident for the next step, which is to stand up on the board.
Step 3: Now it’s time to get up on the board
If you are trying to get up from your kneeling position, begin by placing your hands shoulder-width apart in front of you. Now, start pushing yourself up into a standing position at the same time grabbing the paddle with your one hand. As you push yourself up, add a bit forward hop to keep yourself balanced.
If you are riding the board like what you do with a surfboard, you should also begin by placing your hands shoulder-width apart in front of you. Now, start pushing up with your hands and lifting your chest off the paddle board. Bring yourself into a downward dog position in which your head should be facing down, your belly facing down but off the board while your butt is in the air.
Next, frog hop your legs to your hands shoulder-width apart and swiftly push up as you grab the paddle with your one hand as you are rising.
Check out this video on to learn more how to get up and balance yourself on the paddle board:
Step 4: Keep yourself standing on the paddle board
Keep on standing with your feet shoulder-width apart while each of your foot should be on every side of the board. Your dominant foot should be behind you to help you control your movement.
I don’t recommend standing on the paddleboard the way you do on a surfboard. Trust me, you will only find yourself falling as the balance is wrong.
So what do you think? Are you now feeling a bit more confident and even more excited to get out there? Let me know in the comment section below. I know it may be tough at the beginning, but I promise it won’t take too long to find your feet.
If you are feeling a bit wobbly, I suggest you practice paddling around on your knees first before standing all the way up. Even the best ones take the plunge from time to time; don’t worry, remember that SUP is a water sport, it’s okay to get wet.
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