If you are thinking of taking up a new hobby, you may be interested in learning how to stand up paddle board. Paddle boarding is an exciting watersport that is growing in popularity and the good news is that you don't even have to live by the sea! You can learn how to SUP in a lake, river or even in a large swimming pool! It is the ideal hobby for people of all ages and levels of experience. This article gives some handy hints to help you learn how to stand up paddle board in no time.
Choose The Right Board
The key to success is choosing the right board for you. Too many people make the mistake of picking a board that is too small for them to balance on comfortably. Select one that is at least 30" wide and that feels stable when you stand on it.
Choose The Right Water
When starting out, it is important to choose the right water conditions. Make sure that the water is flat and calm in order for you to be able to get your balance easily on the stand up paddle board.
Hold The Paddle Correctly
Hold one hand at the top of the paddle and one on the center of the pole and keep the paddle in front of you with your elbows bent. Face the angle of the paddle away from you when in use. Don't worry if you drop your paddle, it will float.
Make sure the fin of your stand up paddle board will not hit the bottom and kneel on your board. Stay in the center of your board while you rise to your feet slowly, one foot at a time. Keep your feet parallel and shoulder width apart. Make sure your knees stay bent using your core strength to balance.