Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is real exciting and enthralling. It is similar to surfing but the only difference being, it is done on a board with a paddle. In this article, we are going to discuss the Stand Up Paddle Boarding Basics for Beginners. Before you board for the first time, it’s beneficial to have a brief idea about SUP gears and its basic techniques.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Gears For Beginners :
- Stand Up Paddle Board – As a beginner, you may want to try out renting or borrowing it from a friend. Afterward, if you like it you can buy your own. Different boards have different controls and features.
- Paddle – A SUP Paddle looks like an elongated oar paddle with a sharp V-shaped blade in it. The angle of the cut is designed to achieve maximum paddling efficiency. The height of this paddle should be up to your wrist.
- Personal Floating Device – As per US safety state-regulations, if you’re paddling outside the swimming area then you need to carry a PFD with you. It is not recommended for adults though, but for children it is mandatory.
- Safety Whistle and Light – The coast bodyguards also required you to carry a safety whistle and light with you when paddling outside the swimming area.
- Proper Clothing – Most people prefer swimsuits, board shorts during hot summer months. Likewise, during winter months people prefer wet or dry suits.
- Leash – There is a variety of leashed available for surfers, paddlers, and swimmers. It is recommended for your safety as it keeps you attached to your SUP.
- Sun protection – Always protect yourself from the sun with the help of sunscreens, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing.
By now, we all will be quite familiar with the SUP Gears and their uses. Similarly, let’s now discuss its basic techniques. A beginner with very little instruction can get along and start paddling his/her SUP by practicing again and again. We will discuss one by one on how to start with SUP.
Basic Techniques For Beginners
- Standing up on your board
In knee-deep water, stand alongside the board firstly. Just behind the center of your board, in a kneeling position, hold the board carefully by its edges. Stabilize yourself and try to stand up with one foot at a time. Lift your upper body first and then stand slowly and smoothly.
- Balancing on a SUP
As soon as you’re up, you need to balance yourself from thereon. Your view should be on the horizon and not at your feet. Position your feet to parallel to each other at a distance nearly about your hip. Your toes should be pointed straight and knees slightly bent.
- Holding up a SUP Paddle
Its very natural for a beginner to hold their SUP paddles in the wrong way. Therefore, to avoid the same mistakes again and again, kindly ensure that when you’re paddling on the right-hand side of your SUP, your left hand should be on the T-shaped grip of the paddle and vice versa.
In the same way, all these basic things, for a beginner the most important thing is not giving up. You need to try and try till you make it. Plan to paddle as much as you can and then only you can master SUP. We wish you all the best for your first SUP outing.