How Hard Is It To Stay Up On A SUP Board?
This is the number one question I get from people who have never tried stand-up paddling. I have had people stop me at the beach to ask this question and I have even had swimmers and snorkelers come up to me in the water and ask.
The truth is that it only takes a very short adjustment period before you are looking like one of the pro’s, at least when on flat water.
5 Tips To Get Comfortable On A SUP Board
1. Take your board out the first time in flat calm water so it would be the best to go on a day when there is very little wind and the water is as calm as possible.
2. For your first time you should take a board for beginners which has a wide deck or use a board that is best suited for your weight.
3. Place your board in the water and climb onto it on your hands and knees. Then sit back on your knees.
4. Start off by paddling while sitting on your knees. When you are like you are comfortable enough to stand up one foot at a time keeping your feet shoulder wide apart.
5. Practice paddling while standing. If you begin to feel uncomfortable at any time go back down on your knees as this is a very stable position.
You can also try paddling your board by sitting on it but you will find out that it is much harder to stand up from this position instead off from your knees. If you fall in, don’t worry about it. Just climb back on your board and try again
Which Size Should I Buy?
When you get to more experienced in sup boarding, you will want to be a little pickier with your board size.
The right size board for you will depend on three factors:
Longer and slimmer boards are great for smooth water because they glide nicely and can reach incredible speeds. However they will not be as maneuverable in rough water or easy to surf. Smaller boards are often used for surfing. Wider boards are known to be more stable and a perfect choice for beginners.
If you are very lightweight meaning less than 120 lbs. you can do well on a 10’ board or smaller. Over 120 lbs. and you can use a longer board such as 11 feet. If you are over 170 lbs., you should definitely stick to a board that is 11 feet or longer. A thick board is great for people less than 160 pounds. If you are over 160 lbs., a thicker board will be for you better.
It’s one thing to get a big board that is super stable but if you are unable to carry it or transport it with your vehicle then it’s useless. An inflatable SUP is a lot easier as it can be deflated and, transported anywhere, you can have a look for your sup board see our catalogue on www.superinflatable.cn
Which Equipment Do I Need?
It is important to make sure you have the right equipment. There are 3 main things you will need
Obviously you will need a board. The super inflatable factory to choose from and a wide price range so you should be able to find one to suit your needs.
SUP paddles have a handle at one end and a blade at the other. They are made with a lot of different materials such as plastic, aluminum, carbon fiber and even wood. The weight of the paddle will vary depending on the material that it is made with.
As far as the length of your paddle goes, it should be between 6 10 inches, longer than you are. If you will be paddling the most off the time in flat water then choose a longer paddle. If you will be surf the most off the time surf then choose a paddle which is a little bit on the shorter side.
The leash is very important as it will keep your board with you t if you fall in the water. Always remember to use it!
You will be able to attach one on the end of your board and the other end will wrap around either your ankle or strap it with on off our super inflatable straps to your ankle.
How Do I Transport My SUP?
If you have a hard shell board then you either have to transport it in the back of a truck or on top of your roof.
One of the reason’s I love inflatable SUP’s so much is that they are super convenient for transporting to and from the water as well as for travel. Just deflate it, roll it into its carry bag and throw it in the trunk of your car or check it on an airplane, seriously convenient.
As far as carrying your board to and from the water, they all have carry handles at the center of the board and most are easily carried with one arm.
How Do I Use My Paddle?
This is a thing that many beginners get wrong. The paddle should be held with one hand at the top and the other one on the shaft. Make sure you don’t paddle with both hands on the shaft.
Your grip on the paddle should be shoulder width apart as this will allow you to get the most power on the paddle.
When you take a stroke, dip the blade of the paddle fully in the water. If you are having trouble completely putting the blade in the water then your paddle is a little too short for you.
Tighten your back muscles for support and take a long stroke in the water.