Best tips to be prepared for a Paddle Board experience

How to prepare for paddle boarding:

Prepare for paddle boarding: If you read this text, you certainly understand what is paddleboarding, if not after reading this article you will acquire solid knowledge. This text, however, can be a beginner’s guide to paddle practice, as well as a consolidation tool for elders.

Paddleboard standing up
Paddleboard standing up

The stand-up paddle, here you will make a small discovery of its definition and better understand it, as the name suggests, requires you to practice surfing on a board, better known as “paddleboard” while staying standing on the board and with a propulsion with a paddle, the board which is a big one that is used in surfing and paddling and a special can. You can call it a hybrid between traditional surfing and surfing

A Stand Up Paddle Board

Be aware that stand up paddleboards are not your usual surfboards a little longer. If you are a novice, you do not already have one and we recommend you do not buy one right away (we recommend following our guide to buy a good paddle). The best alternative is to rent one, as there is a wide variety of paddles on the market depending on your goal and your budget, you best explain your need at the store where you rent it and they will be able to guide with the one that suits you best, in this regard, we will provide you a guide in this sense soon.

However, there are different types of paddles available depending on their purpose. An ideal is one that is about a foot longer than your height (normally).

Paddle types by size:

types of paddles
different types of paddles available depending on their purpose

For Recreation and Leisure: Paddles that are about 12 inches longer than your height.
Paddles for surfing: Paddles shorter than those used for recreational purposes
For shopping: Paddles longer than those used for recreational purposes.

Types of paddles according to construction materials:

Paddles are available in:
Plastic: Less expensive
Aluminum: more expensive but harder
Fiberglass, also expensive more smooth and practical
carbon fiber, very strong and lightweight
wood: the most common.

Basic Techniques of Paddling

There are some basic rules on the paddle technique to know to prepare for paddle boarding, but all revolve around the use of your paddle as a lever, once mastered, you will be easily in control. Your upper hand will lead the lever and the lower hand will serve as a point of pivot, remember this technique.

Start by sitting on the paddleboard and slowly move towards the center of the board. Once there in the center, follow slowly but surely these steps:
kneel first, then get up slowly until you are standing, well you have overcome the first obstacle, Maintain balance and bend your knees slightly and keep your back straight, you have accomplished 30 % of the goal.
Keep your shoulders straight
Look ahead rather than towards your feet or towards the water
Use hip movements gently, to balance your weight with the paddleboard
Holding the paddle
The blade of the paddle should be facing you
If you propel yourself to the left, your right hand should hold the handle at the T-end of the paddle and vice versa.
Getting up after the fall
If you fall off the board, you will eventually avoid falling on the board and falling into the water.
If you happen to release your paddle when you fall from the board, first climb on the board and then move forward with your hands to get the paddle.

How to Paddle Forward

Keep your bottom arm straight and relatively still. Pull your top arm toward your body to extend the paddle forward.
Rotate your top shoulder forward and extend your reach.
Insert the paddle into the water as far forward as possible and bury the paddle into the water.
Rather than pulling you paddle through the water, think about pulling past your paddle.
To stay in a straight line, take a few strokes on one side then switch to a few strokes on the other.

Paddle Board common beginners mistakes


We often tend to stare at our feet or the end of the board when we feel losing balance in an attempt to find a fixed point on the water. However, this actually causes us to lose balance or puts our body in a strange position where it can’t complete a proper paddle stroke.

Instead, look out towards the horizon. Our board tends to follow wherever our eyes look.


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