How To Stand Up Paddleboard
Updated: Apr 18, 2019
Stand-up paddleboarding is a water sport that has steadily grown in popularity around the world and especially in Miami. It's a fun way to explore the water because it is safe, comfortable, fairly easy to learn, and accessible to people in a wide range of fitness levels. As the sport continues to evolve, activities like SUP Racing, whitewater paddling, SUP fishing and SUP Yoga have emerged. Paddle-boarders usually share ocean and waterways with other paddle sports like kayaking, but surfers have also adopted the sport as another way to ride waves.
Stand up paddleboarding can be enjoyed on rivers, oceans, harbors, lakes and almost any body of water. It's a great full- body workout that improves balance and coordination outside in nature over beautiful blue water.
The sport involves standing up on a surfboard while using a long paddle to push yourself through the water. One of the reasons SUP is so popular because it can be practiced by almost any age or fitness level.
Important tips how to standup paddleboard
· Keep your center of gravity:
Your board should have a handle located in the middle of the board. Use this center point to help you keep your balance. To get on the board, straddle the center point with your knees to keep the board from flipping. With your body facing the front of the board, slowly stand up and straddle the central handle with your feet to stay balanced and keep your board level.
· Get the right board for your experience level:
If you are purchasing a board, you will want to consider the best size and weight for your body type. Some boards are better for surfing and others are better for flat water. Larger boards are more stable, but often heavier and slower to maneuver.
· Leash yourself and secure essentials:
A leash can be an important tool for standup paddleboarders, because it will keep your board within reach if you fall off. This can be especially important in the ocean because you can use your board as a flotation devide in rough water.
· Learn the correct paddling technique:
How to hold the paddle is a key skill in stand-up paddleboarding. You will want to extend your handle so it fits comfortably in your palm with your arm fully extended in an upward angle. You will also need to make sure that the paddle is facing the correct direction, with the paddle angled forward. Start paddling by pulling the paddle across the side of your board from front to back.
· Be mindful of the wind:
It will be easiest to keep your balance on calm, flat water so it's important to check the weather. As you gain experience, you will find it easier to paddle in rougher and rougher water.
· Ask an Expert:
All of our tours include instructional lessons. We are always happy to answer any questions and help you master the equipment. Life jackets are always provided and you can also enjoy paddling by sitting on our boards, similar to a kayak. Contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help!