If you are considering paddle boarding or have just started out and you want some tips for doing it like a pro, you have landed at the right place. This is the fastest growing water sport and there are rentals and classes all over the country and all over the world.
It is very easy to get the hang of stand up paddle boarding and it is a very low impact sport with many benefits especially to your core. This activity will strengthen your core including your ab and back muscles and will provide these benefits even when doing other sports.
Standing and maintaining your balance on the paddleboard is the main thing when it comes to
this water sport. Once you have that down you are good, you will look like a pro, and everybody else on the water will think you are one.
You want to start with your paddle in water deep enough so that the fins are not touching the bottom. The paddle should be positioned in the water with the tip of the board first. Holding the sides of the board with the paddle laying perpendicularly on top push off from the shore and place your knees on the board one at a time while gliding out. If you need to, you can take a couple strokes on your knees to get the hang of it.
Start to stand up with one foot at a time keeping one foot on each side. Bring the paddle with you as you stand up and engage your core. Your legs should always be kept around shoulder width apart and you should never turn sideway. Knees should be slightly bent and you should not look at your feet but instead at the horizon.
If you are not comfortable and need to move your feet you must inch your feet around and not make one big move.
The paddle should be angled away from your body and should be gripped with on hand on top of the paddle and one on the shaft of the paddle. When paddling left you should keep your right hand on top and when paddling right vice versa.
Your arms should be straight and the movement should come from your arms and not your core. Your paddle should go just below the surface and not too deep. Do 4 to 5 strokes per side and then you can switch hand.
You do not have to worry about looking like a beginner when you are paddle boarding. Even if it is your first time, you can paddle board like a pro. By just following these simple and straightforward tips, you can get the help you need to look like a pro who has been doing stand-up paddle boarding for a long time.
Then you just enjoy the ride, the scenery and the great workout and on your next trip invite your friends and show off your skills or better yet teach them like the pro you are.