When you’re learning a new sport, it can be difficult to know how to get started. To help you navigate these tricky waters, we’ve put together our top seven tips for sup beginners.
- Get the Right Equipment. Before heading out on the water, you’ll need to purchase a beginner sup board and paddle. Unless you live on the water, you might want to opt for an inflatable board as these boards are easier to transport and store away after use.
- Safety First. As a beginner, you’ll probably spend a fair amount of time in the water rather than on the board. So, it’s important to put safety first and use a buoyancy vest.
- Put Your Board in the Water. Carrying a sup board can be a bit awkward as they’re so big. But, most come with handles so you can tuck it under your arm like a surfboard. Once at the water’s edge, place the front half in the water and the back fin end onshore and then push it gently into the water.
- Start in a Kneeling Position. Get aboard your sup board by starting in a kneeling position with your paddle placed across the top. Starting in this position makes it easier to gain your balance and get used to the board.
- Practice Paddling. From the kneeling position, you can begin to practice paddling. You want to make long, sweeping strokes by starting at the front of your board and pulling the paddle back till it reaches your knees. Then remove the paddle from the water and start again.
- Stand up on Your Feet. Now comes one of the most challenging parts, standing up on your feet. From a kneeling position, move slowly into a forward lunge (like you’re proposing) and gently push your body weight upwards till your standing. It’s important to keep your body weight in the centre of the board as much as possible. You may fall a few times, but with a little practice, you’ll get there.
- Getting Back Up After a Fall. When you’re a sup beginner, falling off your board is inevitable. Try to fall sideways as to avoid hurting yourself on the board. To get back on your board, pull yourself onto the centre of the board and then push yourself into a kneeling position with the paddle at the front of your board. From here, you should be able to regain your feet.
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