How To Stand Up On A Paddleboard
Getting on a paddleboard can seem challenging at first, especially if you're new to the sport.
Here are some steps to help you get started:
Start in Shallow Water
Begin in calm, shallow water where you can comfortably stand. It's also ideal to start on a day with little to no wind.
Position the Paddleboard
Place your paddleboard in the water so the fins are free from hitting the bottom. Make sure the board is level in the water and not tipping to one side or the other.
Climb onto the Board
Stand next to the board in the water. Hold onto the edges of the board and climb onto it one knee at a time, placing your knees where your feet will eventually go (just below the center of the board).
Find Your Balance
While on your knees, take a few moments to shift your weight back and forth to get a feel for the balance of the board. This is a good time to pick up your paddle and get used to handling it.
Stand Up On PaddleBoard
After you've gotten comfortable with your balance, you can attempt to stand. Place your paddle across the board in front of you.
One foot at a time, replace your knees with your feet, keeping your feet where your knees were. Stand up slowly while looking straight ahead, not at your feet.
Position Your Feet Correctly
Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the edges of the board. Your toes should be pointing forward, and your back should be straight with your knees slightly bent.
Once you're standing and balanced, you can start to paddle. Be sure to use your whole body, not just your arms, for power.
Remember, it's completely normal to fall off a few times when you're learning. The most important thing is to keep trying and to have fun with it.
As with any water sport, safety should be your top priority.
Always wear a personal flotation device and consider using a leash to keep your board close if you fall off.