Beginners Guide to SUP
Learning to stand up paddle board (SUP) is easy, and almost everyone can begin paddling in just a few minutes.
How to choose a SUP: there are different sizes and shapes of a SUP, the most common being an all around board. For more intermediate or advanced SUPers, there are surfSUP boards which are essentially oversized surfboards. Finally, there are touring SUPs which are designed for long distance in flat water.
What do I need: there are four basic pieces of equipment you will need to begin paddling:
- SUP board
- Life jacket
How to carry: paddleboards can be difficult to carry, but luckily are pretty light weight. We suggest using the handle carry which is a small handle in the center of the board.
Basics to stand up: begin paddling out by kneeling on your board in the center (have the handle in between your legs). Once you're comfortable paddling and have balance, place the paddle on the board in front of you and begin to stand up. Your feet should always be in the center of the board with the handle in between. Keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centered over the board.
Paddling: there are a few basic techniques when using your paddle. The length of your paddle should be the height of your arm fully extended upward with your hand gripped around the "T" part of the paddle when the paddle is on the ground. Basic strokes when paddling should start at the front of the board and pull to the back of your board. If you want to turn left, the paddle should be on the right side of the board while your torso is to the left. To turn right, place the paddle at the back of the board and pull toward the nose while shifting your torso to the right. This will enable your board to spin to the right.
Most important: Have Fun!