Paddleboarding or Stand-up paddling (SUP for short) is arguably one of the fastest-growing water sports you will find anywhere in the world. It isn't that difficult for beginners to master either. It is incredibly fun, and experienced paddlers will still find plenty of challenges to be had. If that's not enough, then consider the fact that it's great for fitness, offering a full-body workout. When it comes to paddleboarding locations then most bodies of water are ideal, from oceans to lakes, so you are never really that far from a suitable venue.
The rise in popularity of paddleboarding can be traced back to 2004 and Laird Hamilton, the surf legend. However, its actual roots date as far back as ancient Hawaiian culture, at least.
If you fancy giving paddleboarding a try or would like a few tips to help you improve, then read on for our best tips to mastering paddleboarding.
No matter how good you are at paddleboarding, as with any water sport, there is a high chance that you will get wet. This means it is always a good idea to take a change of clothes and even changing robes like the ones from Booicore with you because there is nothing more likely to end your paddleboarding session on a sour note than having to travel home cold and wet.
Learn to swim
When it comes to safety in the water, you must know how to swim before you attempt any water sport, and paddleboarding is no exception. It takes very little time to get into difficulty in the water, and drowning is a genuine possibility when this happens, so don't take any chances.
Choose the right kit.
The water here in the UK is cold, even in the height of summer, so be prepared. The right kit for any water sport should include a wetsuit – you may want different thicknesses of wetsuit for winter and summer. In the summer, a vest may be sufficient. Remember to invest in a leash as well, as this is something that even the most experienced paddler should have. In general, you should buy something as long or just a little bit shorter than your paddleboard.
Don't look at your feet.
When you look down at your feet, you can lose your balance or, worse still, bump into another paddleboard because you haven't seen them. It's hard to get used to but looking straight in front of you will work much better.
Stay in shallow waters.
Shallow waters are calmer and the best place to learn about balance, finding your feet, and paddling. When you take the time to get the basics right, the rest will follow, so allow plenty of time to get your confidence before moving away from the shallows.
Learn how to fall
Falling is a part of many sports and learning how to do it properly will ensure that you are least likely to injure yourself. If you have an instructor, then ask them to teach you how to fall. If you don't have an instructor, then a quick google search should find you some videos that will help you.
Get the right paddle.
In general, the rule for selecting the right paddle is that it should stand 25cm or 10 inches over your height. In general, the rule for choosing the right paddle is that it should stand 25cm or 10 inches over your height. This will give you good traction and grip. A good equipment shop will help you choose a paddle that is best suited to your needs.
Now you know the basics; you'll be able to gather your kit and start your first foray into paddleboarding. We hope you enjoy your new hobby.