How to SUP

Standing up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun and unique way to explore bodies of water, exercise, and connect with nature. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Choose the right equipment: Start with an appropriate size paddleboard and paddle, based on your height and weight. Make sure the board is stable, buoyant and easy to maneuver. A leash and personal floatation device are also recommended for safety.
  2. Learn the basics: Get familiar with the proper stance, how to balance, and how to use the paddle to move forward, turn and stop. Practice in shallow water before venturing out into deeper water.
  3. Find your balance: Start by kneeling on the board, then slowly stand up one foot at a time, keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and facing forward. Keep your knees slightly bent and hands on the board for balance.
  4. Paddle with proper form: Hold the paddle with both hands, keeping your arms straight and rotating from the shoulder. Keep your upper body relaxed and eyes focused ahead. Use alternating strokes on either side of the board to maintain a straight line.
  5. Turn and stop: To turn the board, shift your weight towards the side you want to turn towards and use a few strong strokes on that side. To stop, paddle backwards.
  6. Stay safe: Always be aware of your surroundings, including other watercraft and changing weather conditions. Never paddle alone, and always wear a life jacket if conditions warrant it.
  7. Have fun: Enjoy the scenery, relax and have a good time. Remember to always be respectful of the environment and other water users.

In conclusion, SUP is a fun and low-impact way to get outside, exercise, and explore. With a little practice, you’ll be on your way to a new adventure on the water.