Posted on January 3, 2018 by
So you want to learn how to paddle board like a pro eh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Lucky for you, learning how to paddle board like a pro is simple…if taught correctly.
Below, we teach you everything you’ll need to know to SUP like a pro, including:
Paddle boards come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re just starting out, your best bet is to select a board that will provide you with enough stability to learn the basics with ease. If your board feels too unstable after several attempts to gain your balance, try a longer, wider board with more volume.
Here are some fantastic paddle boards for beginners:
A few of the most common SUP mistakes have to do with paddling. Whether you’re holding your paddle the wrong way or have bad form, the paddle boarding tips below will make sure you avoid these mistakes right off the bat. Paddling is the most important aspect to paddle boarding so nailing down the right form is key.
Whichever side you may be paddling on, it’s important (and more comfortable) to have your hand gripping the top of your paddle (as seen in the picture below). If you’re paddling on the right side of your board, your left hand should grip the top and vice-versa for paddling on the left side. Also, make sure your paddle grip is shoulder width apart — short grips will give you a powerless stroke.
When paddling, your paddle’s blade should be bent away from you. Holding your paddle this way will provide you with optimal tracking and speed. A simple way to remember this on ISLE paddles is that the logo should always be facing towards the nose.
A good paddle stroke separates the beginners from the experts. Your paddle should always be perpendicular to your board when it enters the water, never at an angle. This technique will allow you to get more power out of each stroke. This will take some time to master.
Dip your paddle’s blade fully into the water and take a long stroke, letting your back muscles do the work. Many people put the full brunt of their stroke by using their arms.
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