Stand up paddle boarding, or simply Standup paddle boarding, is an innovative water sport derived from traditional surfing. Standup paddle boarding, also called Standup Paddle boarding, is a unique water sport born out of traditional surfing. Standup paddle boarders stand directly on inflatable paddles which are floating on top of the water and utilize a paddle to propel themselves forward through the water. If you have never heard of this unusual water sport, then here is your chance to learn more.
Extreme Endurance and Versatility
SUP offers extreme endurance and versatility in a fun, new activity for all ages and skill levels. The majority of Standup Paddle Boarding classes are taught at beaches around the country. You will need to attend a special class given by a Stand Up Paddle Boarding instructor to learn the techniques and skills required for successful boarding. Once you have learned the techniques, you can then go out on your own to try it out on your own.
In order to get started, there are some things that you will need. The first is the proper attire. The most important accessory you will need for your first session is protective sun protection, such as a rash guard. Stand up Paddle Boarding classes will not allow you to wear standard sun protection clothing so you will need a thick, waterproof sun hat or visor to protect your face and ears from the bright sunlight. Be sure also to put on a pair of goggles to prevent wind damage to your eyes.
Points to Consider
As you stand on your board, you will want to start paddling in place so that you do not fall off. You should be leaning slightly forward so that your body is slightly forward. Keep your knees high, and make sure your toes are pointed. Once you have been standing for a minute or two, you can then take off your protective apparel and start paddling.
While standing on your board, make sure that you do not slide your foot onto the deck. If you do, you will not be able to stand properly in the standing position. If you slide your foot, you will also slide your legs and your whole body, making it difficult for you to maintain your balance. In addition, standing up on your paddle may make your legs sore and very stiff. These are some of the things you will want to avoid.
When standing on your board, you will want to tilt your pelvis so that it is perpendicular to the ground. You will also want to tilt your buttocks so that they are slightly raised. This is especially important if you are a beginning Stand Up Paddle Boarder. Beginners should start out with their feet slightly hip width apart so that they are ready for their first turn. It is also a good idea to slowly twist the hips so that you can get a feel for standing on one leg.
The Stand Up Paddle Boarding maneuvers will focus more on your upper torso than your lower body. Stand on your paddle with your buttocks slightly raised and your chest at a forty-five degree angle to your body. Keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. Now turn your paddle in such a way that you are riding down the blade of the paddle with your paddle blade pointing to the floor. Slowly come forward with your paddle pointing to the sky while your body rolls forward slightly. Your body will now come closer to the edge of the pool and your arms will be at a ninety degree angle from your body.
The transition from standing to riding on your board will be a smooth one if you have good control of your body weight. However, some people have trouble controlling their body weight when they first start Stand Up Paddle Boarding. In this case it may be better for you to ride on a board that allows for a more natural transition. If your first few attempts are not successful, then you should try to raise your heels slightly so that your body is more evenly balanced on the board.