What is SUP
Stand up paddle boarding or supping as it’s popularly called uses a longboard and a paddle. It’s an easier way to surf waves or just paddle the waters. The sport is fun when your balance is challenged by ripples or small waves in the water when you get started. In time it’s all part of the fun. Some skill learning followed by some practice and you’re good to explore and sup longer, maybe even paddle around the islands. On a good sunny day the hues of blue are enough to get you smiling and feeling satisfied, if you’re lucky you might even spot some marine life as a bonus to the exploration.
LEARN SUP BASICS
5 TIPS FOR SUP BEGINNERS
- Get a leash & use it
Leashes help keep the board with you when you capsize & believe us you will.
- Hold your Paddle the right way
To paddle efficiently you need to make sure the scoop of your paddle is facing in the correct direction to maximise displacement of water. Everyone wants to go fast without wasting much energy!
- Use your Core
Paddle using your core & not just your arms. All the big muscles are in your back, front & bottom, which can give more endurance than biceps, so use those muscles correctly.
- Face in the Right direction
Every sup has a front & back side so when you climb on or pop up, face forward with the fins to your back & leash trailing behind. Look out at the horizon, that will help you keep balance & enjoy the paddling.
- Fall away from the board
Try to push yourself away from the board when you lose balance. That will save you from bumps & nicks. Practice falling before you get out for a longer distance.
How to Stand Up on a Paddle board
- Start off by locating an area on the beach which is sheltered from the wind & has calm flat water
- Wear your paddle board leash on your ankle or knee & let the leash trail behind you
- Walk into knee deep water to ensure the paddle board fin does not touch the ground
- Hold the rails (sides) of the paddle board and climb on & kneel down ideally close to the centre of the board where the board handle is located
- Paddle around while kneeling to get a feeling of movement. The faster the board moves the more stable you will feel
- Learn how to change directions while paddling forward in just one direction & shifting your weight to the rear of the board. You can also change directions by paddling backwards but this will slow down the movement & cause some imbalance
- Once you are able to navigate while kneeling down it is time for you to stand up. You may do this slowly by keeping your knees bent and back straight while looking at the horizon. When you get some practice you will be able to pop up quickly into the standing position
- Practice moving in all directions & turning before you venture out for a longer SUP trip
- For deep water starts, hold on to the board handle while kicking your legs in the water to get some upward thrust, pull your body onto the board & lie down. From this position you can get on your knees & pop up.
- While planning a SUP trip try to paddle upwind first so you can come back easy!
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