Summer might be over but given the right conditions and gear you can paddleboard most of the year.
Our top SUP tips will make sure you get the most out of your time on the water.
Not only is paddleboarding (or SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding) one of the UK's up and coming watersports, but it is also a great way to stay fit and healthy. If you're looking for a fun and unique activity, then learning to paddleboard is the water sport for you!
SUP Tip #1 - Always Use a Leash
Whether you have been gliding on the water for years or are a paddleboarding learner, a leash is an essential piece of paddleboarding equipment no matter what your experience. Not only will a leash help to ensure you don't lose your board, it will also help ensure your safety as it provides something to hold onto in the water if you become injured, tired or lost.
SUP Tip #2 - Avoid Paddling too Close to Others
Although you may be tempted to paddle close to your fellow boarders, we wouldn't recommend it. Extra room will help you to perfect your paddling technique, plus waves created by other paddleboarders too near you could cause you to lose your balance, increasing your chances of falling in the water or injuring yourself or others. Be sure to make use of the wide-open spaces provided by rivers and the sea when out on your board.
SUP Tip #3 - Is Your Paddle Facing the Correct Way?
If you are new to SUP, it would seem logical to hold your paddle so that the bent section is facing you and will allow you to ‘scoop’ up the water to propel yourself forward, right? In fact this is wrong as not only does it cause unnecessary splashing but also makes it easier for you to lose your balance. Not ideal when Stand Up Paddleboarding! As such, make sure you paddle with the curved section facing away from you as this will ensure you achieve a nice clean stroke.
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SUP Tip #4 - Check the Weather
To avoid a battle on the water, it is always best to check the weather conditions before heading out to make sure that you can enjoy a SUP session safely for as long as possible. When you’re SUP boarding, your body is essentially like a sail in the wind; if the weather is particularly blustery, the likelihood is you will be blown in one particular direction. This makes it much more difficult to paddle a certain way. This is especially relevant if you are a beginner who hasn't yet mastered their paddling technique.
SUP Tip #5 - Practice Your Falls
Falling is an inevitable part of any water sport, and as a paddleboarding beginner, you can expect to be doing a lot of this! But instead of seeing it as a negative, use these wobbles to learn how to fall the right way to avoid any injuries when losing your balance. Coming into contact with a large paddleboard is going to hurt, so it is crucial to practice falling away from your board to avoid any bangs and bruises. If you’re wearing a leash, you don’t need to worry about your board drifting away when falling as it will still be tethered to you, even when you’re in the water.
SUP Tip #6 -Ride the Smaller Waves First
Whatever water sport you are enjoying out on the waves whether it’s paddleboarding, kitesurfing or wakeboarding, it is important to ride waves that are suitable for your ability. As a paddleboarding beginner, this means tackling waves that are small and smooth as these are easier to ride and won’t risk your safety compared to those that are bigger and more powerful.After a few sessions you may be itching to hit those larger crests, however it's wise to remain patient and gain good knowledge and experience before doing so as you could put yourself in serious danger. Take your time, and soon enough, you’ll be paddling up some absolutely blinding waves! While these are just some of our top tips there's always something to learn.