Looking for a new way to workout and have fun at the same time? Stand Up Paddling (SUP)is becoming hugely popular. Follow these top tips to get you up on your board and enjoying this water sport in no time!
With winter in full swing it’s hard to imagine a day by the beach, but for those who still want to get their seaside fix in the chilly months, stand up paddling (SUP) is the perfect way to enjoy the water this winter without getting wet. In fact, cold, crisp and sunny winter days can provide the best conditions for flatwater paddling.
To ensure you stay on the board (and out of the water!) founder of Global Surf Industries, Mark Kelly, provides his top pointers for those who are new to SUP.
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOARD:
It is essential that you know what you are going to do with the board and that you choose a board that is appropriate for your skill level. There are SUPs for surfing, SUPs for racing, Flatwater SUPs, Allrounder SUPs – the choices are endless. Once you decide what you want to be able to do with the board you can focus more on the right choice. The Allrounder style is probably best for most beginners though.
2. INVEST IN A GOOD PADDLE:
You might think of a paddle as a simple accessory that doesn’t have much impact on your paddling experience, but the type of paddle you use is equally as important as the board itself. When you’re holding a paddle for an hour or more, the weight of the paddle becomes critical. So in this case the old saying “the more you pay the more you get” is particular relevant in this case. A carbon paddle is the top of the line but it’s super light and well worth it.
3. DON’T GO FOR THE LONGEST BOARD:
You only need to get a board that will hold your weight and if you’ve got too much length you’ll be making it a lot harder for yourself by having to pushing extra board around. Make sure you look at the manufacturer’s suggested rider weights and go from there.
4. STAND UP STRAIGHT AND HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH!:
In comparison to your overall body weight your head weighs a lot and leaning too far forward or leaning over the board can cause you to lose balance. Make sure you stand up straight and hold your head high so you can stay on the board and keep moving with a natural effort.
5. IT'S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE:
As with most sports, technique is really important. If you can have a lesson or two you’re likely to get the hang of things quickly and you’ll be able to get the most of paddling.
For further information on Global Surf Industries or to view its range of boards visit www.surfindustries.com