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.
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.
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!