Welcome to the newest craze in the water sports world. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a relatively new sport that first began in the Hawaiian Islands. The best thing about SUP is that it can be done in any body of water – waves are not required. So lakes, rivers, inlets, and harbors all make perfect playgrounds for SUP riding.
Paddleboarding on flat water is very easy to do and nearly everyone can enjoy this great sport. You don't need to be the strongest swimmer or possess a surfing background. Most people begin in calm water and then proceed to riding waves, if they choose. While others simply enjoy the beauty of paddling flat-water areas.
The health and fitness benefits for SUP are incredible. Since the growth of SUP, individuals have even developed exercise and yoga classes that are done on SUP boards. Enjoy this sport on your own or grab a group of friends and go on a group mission.
What gear will I need?
Carrying your board:
Most boards come equipped with a carrying handle. To locate this, find the top middle of the board and there will be a slot cut into the board for your fingers. Stand the board on its rail (side) and face the finger groove away from you. Standing beside the middle of the board, slide your fingers into the groove and then lift. Once you get the balance down, the weight of a SUP should not be problematic.
Standing on the board:
Most beginner boards are very stable. However, you may find it easier to begin learning how to stand on your board, by kneeling on it first. Find the center of the board by locating the carrying grooves. This is the point of the board with the most stability and balance. Center yourself over this area and begin on your knees, if required. You can paddle from this position to get started.
Once you’re comfortable, lay the paddle beside you on the board. Grab the sides of the board (rails) with both hands and use this anchor point to stand to your feet. Remain standing near the grooves in the center of the board for maximum stability. Bend down and grab your paddle. Another trick could be to have a friend hold your board, while you practice standing up on it.
Turning the board:
Other important information: