Are you thinking of buying a paddle board for some fun time in the sea this summer? Or have you actually bought your first board already, but are having trouble actually riding it? Well then, why not check out the following beginner tips to know how? You will slowly get used to this new activity, and given enough time, you’ll learn to ride just like a professional!
- Point the Paddle Correctly – There is a certain position that you want your paddle board to be in. The blade should be in a slightly trailing position compared to shaft, which will add stability to the paddle and puts less stress on your body, especially your shoulders.
- Make Sure It’s the Right Side Up – Expert in Newcastle kayaks and surfing will know right away which side should go under and which side should be on top. Nevertheless, this is not always true for beginners, as we often see people trying to ride a board with the finned area being at the front. This should be avoided, as having the fins at the front will make it extremely hard to just keep the board straight, let alone paddle.
- Use Your Body Core – It may seem quite intuitive to use our arms for paddling, but it is even more effective to do it by using our body core. The reason for this is simple: the core muscles are much stronger than those in our arms, meaning that you can get to more powerful strokes for a longer period of time without getting tired.
- Look Straight Ahead – Remember when you were still learning to ride a bicycle? How many times did you fall after you lost balance when trying to look down? The same thing actually applies to stand up paddle boards as well. Trying to look down on your feet will only make it more difficult to stand up and keep your balance as opposed to looking straight ahead at the horizon.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings – This is extremely important when you are only a beginner. Learn to keep out of large crowds of people to avoid injury to people and your new board. When practising, always select a relatively large area with no obstacles in the way. After all, you don’t want to damage the expensive board you just purchased at one of the recent sup sales in your area.
- Watch out for the Weather – Before you head out on your paddle board, make sure to check the weather forecast for the day beforehand. Opt to forego paddle boarding if there is a lot of wind in the area. If you ever get caught out while in the sea, you can always lie down on your board just like surfers do.