Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Beginner Tips

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a sporting activity in which the riders stand on their board by using a paddle to propel themself through the water. Actually, SUP is a funny and relaxing activity that can allows you to explore on the waters without actually swimming or floating in it and will also help you to gain memorable experiences. For the SUP beginners, there are a few basic techniques and helpful tips that require you to learn it. 

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a sporting activity in which the riders stand on their board by using a paddle to propel themself through the water. Actually, SUP is a funny and relaxing activity that can allows you to explore on the waters without actually swimming or floating in it and will also help you to gain memorable experiences. For the SUP beginners, there are a few basic techniques and helpful tips that require you to learn it. 

1. Use a Leash 

One of the main things you need to prioritize when engaging in any kind of water sport is safety. When paddle boarding, you should not forget to fasten yourself to your board with a leash to avoid lose control, especially during windy or stormy conditions. Another important thing need to remember is you need a high-quality board leash that would not break off but can be quickly detached to protect yourself during powerful current or when you become entangled in underwater plants. You may also require a paddle leash to protect yourself from having to swim every time when you lose it.

2. Choose the Right Equipment

Before you get started in SUP, make sure to get the right SUP gear for your skill level and for the environment that you will be paddling in. Typically, start with a thick and wide all-around SUP is best for beginners because it is easy to balance when facing flat and wavy waters. Kindly make sure the thickness, length or volume of SUP equipment are suitable with your body type. This situation will keep you from bending over and help you to preserve energy and maintain your stability on the board.Other gear that will help keep you safe on the water includes: whistle, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, compass, sunscreen. Be sure to check your gear and store them in a dry bag before heading out. A dry bags can floats safely if accidentally dropped in water and protect your gear from water damage. 

3. Know to Stand Up On A SUP

Always start in calm, flat water with a nice wide board. We recommend using a 30-inch board that is about 11 feet long for all SUP beginners. There are few steps to stand up on SUP.


(a) First, get the board out into in water so the fin is free from hitting the bottom. Second, start in a kneeling position and on your knees take a few strokes on each side of the board.


(b) Then, slowly stand up with one foot at a time and stay in the middle of the board with your feet parallel to the stringer and about shoulder width apart.


(c) Next, keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centred over the board. If you get cold easily, we recommend you to wear a thin wetsuit.


(d) Finally, stand up straight and grip the non-blade end of the paddle.


3. Know to Stand Up On A SUP

Always start in calm, flat water with a nice wide board. We recommend using a 30-inch board that is about 11 feet long for all SUP beginners. There are few steps to stand up on SUP.


(a) First, get the board out into in water so the fin is free from hitting the bottom. Second, start in a kneeling position and on your knees take a few strokes on each side of the board.


(b) Then, slowly stand up with one foot at a time and stay in the middle of the board with your feet parallel to the stringer and about shoulder width apart.


(c) Next, keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centred over the board. If you get cold easily, we recommend you to wear a thin wetsuit.


(d) Finally, stand up straight and grip the non-blade end of the paddle.


4. Learn the Correct Paddling Technique

One of the most common mistakes made by paddle boarders is they hold the paddle incorrectly. Having your hands too close on the paddle can limit the power of your strokes and may let you to tire out quickly. Here is the tips to position your hand correctly on the paddle and the right method to paddle forward.


(a) First, hold the paddle horizontally over your head with both hands, then rest the shaft on the top of your head. Make sure the shaft is parallel to your shoulders and that the arm is holding the grip to create a perfect 90-degree angle.


(b) Second, keep your bottom arm straight and relatively still and pull your top arm toward your body to extend the paddle forward.


(c) Third, rotate your top shoulder forward and extend your reach. Then, insert the paddle into the water as far forward as possible and bury the paddle into the water. Try to pulling past the paddle rather than pulling the paddle through the water. Take a few strokes on one side then switch to a few strokes on the other in order to stay in a straight line. SUP beginners should always remember to switch the position of your hands when your paddle changes sides to efficiently paddle your SUP.

4. Learn the Correct Paddling Technique

One of the most common mistakes made by paddle boarders is they hold the paddle incorrectly. Having your hands too close on the paddle can limit the power of your strokes and may let you to tire out quickly. Here is the tips to position your hand correctly on the paddle and the right method to paddle forward.


(a) First, hold the paddle horizontally over your head with both hands, then rest the shaft on the top of your head. Make sure the shaft is parallel to your shoulders and that the arm is holding the grip to create a perfect 90-degree angle.


(b) Second, keep your bottom arm straight and relatively still and pull your top arm toward your body to extend the paddle forward.


(c) Third, rotate your top shoulder forward and extend your reach. Then, insert the paddle into the water as far forward as possible and bury the paddle into the water. Try to pulling past the paddle rather than pulling the paddle through the water. Take a few strokes on one side then switch to a few strokes on the other in order to stay in a straight line. SUP beginners should always remember to switch the position of your hands when your paddle changes sides to efficiently paddle your SUP.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. If SUP is something you’ve been thinking of trying, we hope this guide has given you the knowledge, tips, and resources you need to get out on the water.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. If SUP is something you’ve been thinking of trying, we hope this guide has given you the knowledge, tips, and resources you need to get out on the water.


Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. If SUP is something you’ve been thinking of trying, we hope this guide has given you the knowledge, tips, and resources you need to get out on the water.



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