Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the watersports that offers a more relaxed way of enjoying the water. With some essential gear, you can paddle your way on calm lakes, rivers and even oceans waters. As long as the water is placid enough not to topple you down, then it can do for stand-up paddleboarding.
I remember the first time I tried the sport and I had so much fun. It was challenging but the experience was filled with excitement and energy, especially since I was with friends who were as clueless as I was at that time. We were like kids riding a bike for the first time. We didn’t mind how many times we fell into the water or how sore our bodies were at the end of the day. We were just lost in the moment and were simply having a great time.
So for anyone planning on trying this watersport, you are definitely in for a great ride. To give you some heads-up, here are a few tips for beginners.
Use the Paddle Correctly
The paddle blade is angled, and it should be facing away from you. It may sound and feel counterintuitive but this is actually more effective especially in a standing position as it makes strokes smoother and it puts less stress on your elbows and shoulders. If you are paddling on the right, your right hand should be on the paddle shaft while your left had is on the top of the grip. Also, paddles float, so when you fall off, do not hesitate to let it go.
Paddle with Your Core
You might be wondering, “Am I not supposed to paddle with my arms?” Paddling with only your armsis very tiring and does not give your strokes much power. Your core or torso has some of the strongest muscles in your body,giving power to your paddle strokes.
Keep Your Head Up
Most beginners have the tendency to look down at the water and watch their paddling carefully. If you do this, you’ll soon find yourself in the water. For the best stability, you need to stand straight, weight on your toes, and head up. Once you keep your head down, you have a higher tendency to rock on your heal and go out of balance. You won’t be able to enjoy the ride and the view if you kept your head down.
Learn to Fall Properly
Yes, you will eventually fall. Even professionals fall off their boards. What’s important is falling into the water and not on your board. Falling on you board or its fin will not only cause some bruises but it will make you look ridiculous. Learn how to gracefully land into the water.
There you have it, some simple things to keep in mind when trying on stand-up paddleboarding for the first time. Also, don’t forget to have fun!Stay put for more tips on SUP and other watersports only here at Boat Rentals of America.