Some sports are very hard to learn. But the real question is... is Stand Up Paddle Boarding hard?
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a fun and enjoyable sport for all ages. Paddle boarding may look hard to some yet this sport is surprisingly easy on flat water, particularly if you are shown the correct techniques and are on the right board. Individuals of ages, shapes, and sizes can to learn to paddle board within a few hours if you have the correct instruction. Paddle boarding not only helps you have a good balance but increases your focus and balance in day-to-day activities. Almost every muscle in the body is engaged at some point during paddle boarding meaning its a full body workout. Standup paddling is a low impact exercise an be a great way to get in a heart-pumping while reducing the risk of injury.
What a place to exercise!
Step by step instruction form us to you
- How to paddle board
First of all you need to understand a few very important before starting off.
Whats the correct paddle board for a beginner?
Beginners who have never paddle boarded before are recommended to double their body weight and ride a paddle board with that amount of liters.
So for example you weigh 60kg... you will need to ride a paddle board with 120liters.
This is the volume of the board, the thickness which will help provide you stability. As you advance you will be able to ride a much smaller board with less liters. Next you will need to go to a calm, flat water destination like a lake or a river, the best time is in the morning or evening when the wind is minimal.
Now your ready to GO!
1 - You need your paddle to be the correct size, paddle length is recommend to be 3-4 inches above your head.
2 - When entering the water with your SUP, make sure your fins are in a depth where they wont scrape across the bottom.
3- Have one knee on the center of the board ans push off to launch.
4- Make sure when both knees are on the board they are on either side of the handle
5- Stay in this position until you feel comfortable to stand up (note when on your needs bring your hand down the paddle shaft as you are now shorter then when you first took off)
6- Place your paddle horizontal across the board just in front of the handle
7- Its time to stand up! Grip your hands on the paddle and place your feet, one at a time, shoulder width apart on the center of your SUP
8- You may have the wobbles now.. stay calm keep your paddle stoke up as it helps with momentum
9- Practice this a few times (note if struggling have a slight bend in your knees to help with stability)
10- Your up! Now you can learn the basics of turning, starting and stopping in our next blog.
This is a pefect example of good conditions for beginners
- Tips and tricks to become a better stand up paddle boarder
- Ensure the scoop of the paddle is facing forwards, usually there is a brand logo on the front of the paddle blade.
- Put your whole paddle blade in the water for maximum speed and glide.
- When your paddle stroke should not go further then you feet, pull it out and start the phase again.
-When standing up ensure your knees are slightly bent and shoulder width apart this will maximize your stability.
- Get some momentum, the more stokes you do the less wobbly it will be ... just like a bike!
- Always look ahead, its important you know whats going on around you & looking down will make you loose your balance.
- To stop dig your paddle in at the back of the board and pull forwards, this will also help you turn.
The benefits of paddle boarding
- Improves your balance
- Full body workout
- Connects you with nature
- Fun & easy to do
- Stress relief
- Boosts your endurance
- Allows you to spend quality time with family and friends
Attached below is some 'how to' stand up paddle board videos.