Don’t be that person! Follow our list of 6 beginner’s stands up paddle boarder tips to avoid the most common first-time paddle boarder mistakes.
This knowledge will make a difference in your future paddle boarding sessions, whether you rent a SUP and paddle or have recently purchased a 10ft inflatable paddleboard.
1. Check If the Paddle Is Pointed in The Correct Direction.
When you struggle to balance and stroke without slipping in, you want the paddle to scoop the water. However, as we all learn, the paddle performs well in the standing posture, resulting in a quicker paddle stroke and less tension on the shoulders and elbows.
Since the shaft is the leading edge, you drag the blade through the water in a slightly trailing posture, which helps for blade control. The blade is upright when you do the SUP stroke, giving you the best angle through the water.
2. Paddling with Your Core
That is to say, don’t use your hands. Paddling is better performed from the core, which can sound odd at first. These are the body’s toughest muscles, and they have the most strength with your paddle stroke. Standing tall and paddling with just the arms would be exhausting.
3. Look at the Horizon
When we first start paddling, the natural temptation is to look down at the board, watch the water lapping at the sides, and hope we don’t fall in! However, you can keep your head up, back straight, and body weight over your toes for maximum support.
It might sound silly, but if you put your head down and watch your toes, you’ll definitely rock back on your heels and into the sea.
4. Don’t Paddle in the Way
The ocean is enormous, as are the lakes and rivers. We seem to still want to paddle on the same square inch of water, though!
Paddleboards are large and will injure you if they collide with you. When learning to SUP, keep an eye out for other people on the lake. Ascertain if you have ample space to practice standing, sliding, and paddling.
5. Ride The Waves You’re Comfortable With
I’ve spent much of my life by the sea. Big waves always scare the hell out of me. Mother Nature is a strong being, and you must honor and understand her. We do so for fun. We aren’t out to prove something. While traveling you should check the mobility at sea scooters.
Ride the waves when the conditions are perfect for your skill level. This is also valid for whitewater paddle boarding. Make sure you know how the river runs and how strong the water is.
6. Keep an Eye on the Wind
When paddling out, it’s important to be aware of the weather. It’s also a good idea to be mindful of the weather outlook, so you’re prepared for any potential changes.
You’re like a sail in the wind when you’re up on your SUP. If you ever find yourself in a bad storm, lie back with your paddle tucked under you and paddle the board like a normal surfer.