One of the most exciting water sports is paddle boarding. It is truly a great activity to do on your own or with friends, and you can do so almost anywhere there is a body of water. It can help you to get in touch with and enjoy nature while also providing a great workout. Due to the size of the paddle board, you can even do it with a friend or even your pet. However, if you're new to paddleboarding and you're not sure how to stand up on the board, we will now look at a few tips and guidelines that will help you get started.

Need An Actual Paddle?

Once you have a paddle board, you will also need some additional equipment. For one, you will need an actual paddle to use with your board. Different types of paddles come in various materials such as wood, plastic, carbon fiber, aluminum, etc. Whichever paddle that you choose, it is important that the paddle is between 6 - 10 inches taller than you. If you plan on paddle boarding in the surf, then you should choose a paddle that a bit shorter, and if you want to paddle in flat water, then a longer one is better.

Next, you will need a SUP leash, which basically keeps your board attached to you via your ankle. You will also need a personal flotation device or a paddleboard life vest. This is particularly important for your own safety.

 

How To Stand Up On Your Paddle Board

If you've never been on a paddle board, then you should definitely start out in calm and flat water. It is best to use a 30-inch board, which is 11 feet long to start with. If you are having problems getting stable on your board, then you should start with a larger and wider board.

So, you will need to get out into the water and then start with a kneeling position on your board. You should try to stay in the middle of the board using one foot at a time. As you get up you should maintain a slight bend in your knees so that you remain centered on the board.

Of course, if you happen to fall, simply get back on your board and repeat until you can stand up without falling. The main issue many people have is being able to balance on the board, so if you really can't stay balanced, then using a wider and thicker board is best.

Paddling On Your Board

After you can stand up and stay standing on your paddleboard, the next step is to start paddling. You will need to use the paddle as though it is a lever and pivot from your bottom hand. Simply hold the paddle in front of you and then rotate your shoulders so that you can completely submerge the paddle into the water. Then, you should move your paddle through the water as though you're trying to pull yourself and the board past it. If you want your paddleboard to move straight, simply paddle a few times on one side and then repeat the same on the other side. If you want to turn your paddle board to the left, put the paddle into the water on your right side and twist your torso to the left, and lean into the left. This should cause the board to move in your desired direction.

Important Tips

Now that you know how to stand up and move on a paddleboard, there are still a couple more things that you will need to learn. For example, you should always keep track of the wind direction. This is because when you are standing on your paddle board, your body will actually work as a sail, and if there is a strong wind, then it will steer you and your board. If the wind gets too strong and you can't control your board, simply lay down on it with your paddle tucked under you. You can then paddle using your hands in the desired direction and use your paddle board like a surf board.

Next, you should always engage your core when you are paddling, as this will help you to paddle effectively and not your arms. If you only use your arms to paddle, you will get tired very quickly. However, if you use your core when paddling, this will make you a lot more efficient as well as ensure that you remain balanced and upright on your board.

Conclusion

To wrap things up, we have just covered how to stand up on a paddleboard, how to paddle as well as a few crucial tips to help you master this new water sport. So be sure to implement them, and you will soon become an avid paddle boarder before you know it!

When you shop for a stand up paddle board, you have to consider the size.  While the model is important, if you have the wrong size, you will have issues.  There are a few factors to look at when considering the right size.

The Stability Of The Board

If stability is your primary concern, you need to look at a paddleboard that is 10 to 11 feet in length and 32 to 34 inches in width.  Boards of this size are easy to find because they are the most popular size.  For additional stability, you should look at the widest boards.

There is a downside to looking at this size.  The wider the board is, the more sluggish it will be.  This can make your experience less fun because you have to paddle harder and will not get the speed you might want.

Portability And Manoeuvrability

If you are looking for a portable board with a lot of maneuverability, you should look for a board that is around 9’6” in length.  Boards of this size will also be best for people who weigh less than 150 pounds.  It is important to note that these boards will generally have a maximum weight restriction that you should check.

Boards of this size are a lot of fun to use and can be very stable if they are made correctly.  When it comes to width, you should look at between 30 to 32 inches.  With this length, a width larger than 32 inches will be too slow for you to paddle comfortably.

Speed And Straight Tracking

If you are looking for a board that offers you speed, you have to look at a length of 12’6”.  This is the best length for a fast touring board and is the most common length for race paddle boards.  These size boards are easy to find because 12’6” is a very popular size for touring boards.

When it comes to the width, you should look at 32” for a stable touring board.  However, if you are looking at a race model, you will need to choose a thinner board.  It is possible to get racing boards that are 26” to 28”.  These boards will be very fast, but they are less stable, which can be a problem for some paddlers.  If your board will be used for racing and touring, a good compromise width is 30”.

If you are considering this paddleboard size, there is one issue you need to be aware of.  Many people shy away from these boards because of storage issues.  If you do not have a storage area that can hold this board, you should reconsider the size.

Special Sizes For Special Boards

There are a lot of specialist paddle boards on the market, and they will have their own sizing guides.  You should only look at sizing for these boards if you are going to get one of these special boards.  Special boards will include rapid paddleboards.

If you ate going to run rapids, you need a board that id wider than normal.  The standard rapid board will be 36 inches wide.  This is too large for any other activity because the board will be slow, and you need to reach more when paddling.

Another special board will be a surfing board.  These boards generally have a length of 9 feet.  While this length is not the problem, they lack the volume for general paddling and will be harder to balance on.

Look At The Thickness

The length and width of the board are important, but the thickness also plays a role in sizing.  If you are just starting with paddleboarding, you need to look for a thickness of 5 inches.  This is particularly important if you are looking at an inflatable paddle board.

The only time you should look for a thicker board is when you weigh more than 240 pounds.  The extra volume provided by the thickness will help the board float better.  If the board sinks too low, it will drag and slow down.

There are times when you can look at a thickness of 4 inches instead of 5 inches.  This is when you are looking at hardboards made from epoxy.  These boards have enough volume for the average user when they are 4 inches thick.

The Volume Range

When looking at the size of the board you need, you should also consider the volume range.  All boards will provide this information, and it is affected by the dimensions.  While this is a spec you should take note of, it is more important for beginners as expert riders will match the size to what they want to do.

If you are getting a hard board, you should look for a volume range of 170 to 190 liters.  If you are looking at an inflatable board, you need to increase this volume.  The ideal in these cases will be between 220 and 280 liters.  You also need to increase the volume range if you are going to paddle with your pet or children.