How to stand up paddle board?
Paddle boarding is the perfect activity to do in a group or also on your own on warm summer days. In the sea or on a lake – paddle boarding can be done anywhere! Besides the common way of paddle boarding there are many other opportunities to use a paddle board, for example Paddle board Yoga or Paddle Surfing. This article is focusing on the usual way of paddle boarding.
Here is a short guide on how to paddle board:
Different types of paddling:
Is stand up paddle boarding hard ?
Practicing the stand up paddle is not hard at all. Especially when doing this kind of water sport on flat water it is quite easy to learn. You don’t even have to be the fittest or sportiest person to be a good stand up paddler.
Besides the therapeutic benefits stand up paddling brings with it, it is also super fun and can be a great group activity!
If you are a beginner, you should be aware of the most common mistakes you should try to avoid making. Here is a list of a few tips on how to make your first paddle board experiences easier:
What to wear while stand up paddle boarding?
It is not necessary to wear super expensive clothing for paddle boarding. As you are on the water, and will maybe fall into it at some point, you can just wear your swimming clothes such as a bikini or bathing shorts.
If you are advanced and sure you will not get wet, normal active or casual clothing is of course also possible.
Usually you do not need to wear any protection, as the most dangerous thing that could happen is falling into the water 😉
Can you sit on a stand up paddle board?
Stand up paddling can be executed in many different ways. Either you can knee on it, sit on it or stand on it while paddling.
Beginners may first feel more comfortable with sitting or kneeing on the board. Once you get used to your board and the body of the water it will be easy for you to stand up on your board.
How to attach a leash to a stand up paddle board?
For the safety of yourself and your stand up paddling partners or others in the water, attaching a leash on your board is mandatory.
Before you attach your leash on your stand up paddle boards, you have to be aware of which one is the best for you regarding the right type and length of the leash. It depends on which style of paddle boarding you want to do and how your skill levels at paddle boarding are. The better you know which leash is the right one for you, the safer you will be.
There are 2 different types of leash attachments on a paddle board:
1) The D-Ring
The usual and easiest way to attach a leash on a stand up paddle board is to fix it on a D-Ring. This is the common way for inflatable paddle boards (inflatable SUPs). It is a D-shaped ring either out of plastic or metal through which you loop the leash.
2) The Proprietary Leash Attachment
Most of hard paddle boards have a specific proprietary leash attachment. The seller or manufacturer of your board will provide you the instructions for use together with your board. The disadvantage here is, that only leashes by the same brand or manufacturer of your board can be attached. If you have any problems with your leash or board, you may have to contact the customer service of the boards brand company.
How to balance on a stand up paddle board?
After you’ve stood up do immediately a first stroke of paddling. This supports you to stand firmly on the board and find your balance. Make sure your feet are parallel and equidistant to your hips. Slightly bent knees are also important to maintain balance.
Don’t look down if you feel you are losing your balance. Even if it might be tempting, but the key to get your balance back is to look forward and focus on a certain point in front of you.
In the case you fall off your board, try to fall away from it and not land on the board.
How to hold a SUP Paddle?
To hold the paddle properly is an important issue and fundamental to execute the paddle movement in the right way.
The most important thing is to make sure that the paddle blade angle is looking away from you. Also, the paddle needs to be held vertical to the water surface.
Further, gripping your paddle properly will help you to steer your board correctly and to perform steering manoeuvres. Put one hand on the top of the paddle and grip the shaft with your other hand. The hands on the paddle should be about an arm’s width apart.
If you hold your paddle properly in this “T”-bar and dive it into the water fully vertical when doing a stroke, you will be surprised how easily you are moving forward on the water.
How to stand up on a paddle board after falling?
If a bigger wave hits you or you just lose you balance, you may fall off your paddle board.
As you’ve made sure that your leash is attached before you started your paddling session, you do not have to worry about your paddle board floating away. The most difficult thing will be to get back on your board after falling into the water.
First, focus on swimming back to your board and do not care about your paddle, as it is usually floating. The easiest way to get back on is to swim to the center and grab the handle with one hand. Support your other arm on the board and push yourself up with both arms. Make a few strong kicks with your legs in the water to get upward thrust.
Kicking your feet and pulling your arms will get you back on the board. Once you are back on the board you can lie down in the surfing position and use your arms to get to your paddle.