Black Project paddles

Olivia Piana chose to race the Black Project paddles Hydro 78 and 83 and that amazing combination have achieved great things.


Paddle specification:

  • large 88, medium 83, small 78 & x-small 73 sq in
  • ultra-lightweight, powerful & balanced race paddle
  • available in Premium Carbon & 100% Carbon
  • available in One-Piece & 3-Piece Travel (2 x HEX)

The Hydro Black project paddle was built to max out every bit of speed it could for the paddler.  Being super lightweight and dynamic in the hands, it is well suited to downwind and flat water racing.

Using a more compact shape a rider can use the smaller blade and gain increased output with higher cadence and matched with good technique you’ll get less fatigue.

The power feels more concentrated in the blades sweet spot meaning no flutter for the catch, power phase and release.

Weighing in at 375 grams, the Hydro is the lightest sup race paddle available.   In essence this means, paddle faster for longer.

  • LARGE 87, MEDIUM 82, SMALL 77 & X-SMALL 72 sq in
  • Ultra-lightweight, powerful & balanced surf paddle
  • Available in Premium Carbon & 100% Carbon
  • 87 Regular Diameter, 82, 77 & 72 Reduced diameter shaft
  • 87 Available in One-Piece or 3-Piece (2 x Hex), 82, 77 & 72 available in One-Piece

The SURGE SUP Paddle is designed for surfing. The lightweight & strong Surge is our SUP paddle range for dedicated SUP surfers. We focused on paddlers’ specific needs in the surf. The result is a paddle which is bites the water & accelerates quickly to help you catch the best sets (& get out of the impact zone). If you do get caught by the set of the day, then don’t worry the Surge is built to take a pounding yet from 350 grams is the lightest surf paddle on the market. The 82, 77 & 72 feature our reduced diameter shaft for increased comfort while the 87 uses our regular shaft for larger riders. The Surge will help you to catch more waves & rip them harder. Due to its power, light weight & RDS shaft the Surge has become extremely popular for SUP foiling. New for 2018 is the smaller 72 sq. in. blade for lightweight & young athletes.

LAVA – All Water Performance SUP Paddle
  • MEDIUM 84 sq in
  • Lightweight, powerful & balanced all round paddle
  • Available in 90% Carbon
  • Standard Diameter Shaft
  • Available in One-Piece, Adjustable & 3-Piece Adjustable

The LAVA SUP Paddle was built to excel in all conditions. The all new Lava SUP paddle has been developed to deliver exceptional performance in any water & for any rider. This versatile, strong & lightweight full carbon SUP paddle shares much of the same DNA as our race & surfing lines, the result is a high-performance SUP paddle for recreational paddlers, SUP surfing one day, cruising the next & racing at the weekend. The Lava was designed to be a little more forgiving & suit a less aggressive & lower cadence paddle stroke. Available in Fixed, Adjustable & 3-Piece Adjustable the LAVA caters to all riders in all conditions. New for 2018 is the anti-twist adjustment.

Jobe stand up paddleboards

Having affordable and performance capable hard boards in the jobe stand up paddle board range really makes a difference for those who aren’t ready to step up and spend over £1000.00 on a board just yet.

Offering two constructions, you can go for the lighter and more performance oriented bamboo layup or the Titan range, built using a monocoque glass layup.


Jobe stand up paddle board titanium range of hard boards

The Titanium range of jobe stand up paddle boards are our hard core, super tough construction boards, built to deliver performance whilst being exceptionally durable.   The fibreglass layup is wrapped around a durable and soft eps core and then blended with a vacuum moulded shell to give that extra strength.

A full length deck pad comes in really handy for those trying out surfing or just playing around in the water with kids.



Jobe Ventura 2019

The Bamboo layup is a stunning looking board with strong contrasting colours to really look gorgeous.

Aside from being lighter than the Titan range, the bamboo jobe stand up paddle boards have been shaped with more performance in mind, offering finer rail designs and better volume placement for specific disciplines such as surfing.

Looking at the Vizela you can see a shape that’s really suited to sup surfing with a balanced rocker line and profile, whilst the Parana has been shaped to excel for larger guys or even some adventure paddling.

All in all the Jobe range of stand up paddle boards are really great value for anyone looking to cross over from an inflatable isup or simply add to their collection of boards for fun in the surf, family or adventure.



A Infinity raceboard and an 11 year old

We were so lucky to meet with the Infinity SUP Race Team at the APP Tour in London a few weeks ago.  It was an awesome experience to see these athletes doing their thing and hang with them for a while.

Our trip to London was to not only meet with the guys from Infinity, but to take their kit and bring it back to the shop so they didn’t have to ship it back home so we were obviously more than happy to help.

The boards we brought back included 14 and 12’6 Blackfish and Whiplash models each of which was a custom build using the latest Team Carbon layup.


The Infinity Whiplash is designed with the criteria in mind as the Starboard Sprint 2018

The Blackfish is an allwater race machine that has proven itself in all spheres of racing.

The boards left with us had been ridden by riders including, Kai Lenny, Slater Trout, Tyler Bashor, Chloe Walkerdene, Candice Appleby and Shae Foudy, so given that chance we were super stoked to be riding kit designed for them and seeing just how good those boards really are.

Anyway, back to my original post story and that is about my own daugther.    She came came with me to the APP Tour, London and watched and chatted to the girls on the Infinity team and as with any 11 year old she looked on in awe as they showed how good girls are. Suffice to say my little girl was hooked and ready for a challenge.

All of the boards sold really quickly as people were amped after seeing the pros, but we decided to keep the Whiplash and 12’6 Blackfish the Shae rode for our own demo fleet and this was all Amy needed to set her plans in motion.

A sunny evening and a trip to the local canal turned into her first chance to show what a great technique she has and whilst a 23 wide board is no real challenge for someone who is just over 4ft tall, it still takes a natural ability to make it look really good.

Here’s Amy riding the 2018 Infinity Blackfish 12’6 x 23.

Team carbon edition, it is rock solid and strong, but lightweight so the responsiveness you feel through the board is instant.

Infinity SUP

Infinity SUP has been shaping boards since the 70s and have some seriously impressive surfboards in the lineup from their base in Dana Point, California, helped by a serious team of paddlers including Candice Appleby, Slater Trout, Shae Foudy to name a few. It’s a team with multiple belts around their waists along with an amazing ability to evolve a brand alongside the bossman, Dave Bohene.

infinity sup team photo

So what is Infinity SUP all about?

The boards that Infinity produce are all about delivering performance, for all levels of paddler, be it for surf or race.






New Deal


Wide Aquatic

Wide Aquatic Tour




  • 1lb premium eps core
  • S rated fibreglass base
  • industrial strength vector carbon weave rail perimeter inlay
  • unidirectional carbon fibre stringer top and bottom
  • fin box reinforcement

Team elite

  • 1lb premium eps core
  • carbon fibre top and bottom
  • additional s rated fibreglass cockpit reinforcement
  • speed melt, white hot coat

Why do you need an inflatable stand up paddle board sup

Why do you need an inflatable stand up paddle board isn’t really the question – we should be asking why wouldn’t you have an inflatable sup.

Being able to drop in and paddle wherever you can is part of the appeal of stand up paddle boarding that has seen a massive growth due to inflatable paddle boards. A board that you can roll up and fit into a carry bag and then put the boot of your car or even take onto a train or bus.

“You’ve driven for hours and found a tree lined lake.  The sun is shining and you’re alone. You get the board out of the car and unroll it on the grass then pump it up.
In 10 minutes you’re paddling across the lake on the Jobe Duna SUP seeing the world from a whole new angle”

The reason why you need an inflatable stand up paddle board can be summed up in one word – convenient.  It’s there whenever you need it.

No matter how you travel or the locations you paddle, the inflatable will be able to get you on the water and enjoying life with no fuss.

Have a look at our hand picked range of inflatable stand up paddle boards and see what we’ve got for you.

Jobe SUP

Jobe SUP is one of the longer stand up paddle board names that have stood the test of time.   The founder, Jeff Jobe,  launched his brand back in the 70’s when his passion was water skiing.

Since those early days, the company took on other areas within watersports and the business grew to become one of the premier watersports companies.

Today you’ll find Jobe representing and participating in sports ranging from water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, powerboat accessories, clothing and more.   Their commitment to quality is unsurpassed!

Jobe SUP

They didn’t rush into SUP until they had really worked out their range and the sport had evolved so they could meet the demands of the stand up paddler. 2013 saw Jobe launch their initial range of stand up paddle boards for beginners and advanced paddlers including a hard and inflatable stand up paddle board range.

With a huge amount of experience in inflatable equipment and manufacturing already under the belt, they began production and even to this day are producing some of the lightest and strongest inflatable stand up paddle boards out there.

How do we rate them personally

Surfs SUP started out focusing on surf sups and that moved into downwind paddling and adventuring, so our own needs and expectations are pretty high.   We wouldn’t be able to use kit we cannot truly rely on no matter how pretty it is so we start by considering the board from the inside out.

With their own construction process comes a “Fusion type technology” much like the Red MSL and that means the boards are lighter with more torsion control and anti flex due to the higher psi rating.

This really is one brand of board that we’d put faith in to cope with the demanding environments we paddle in.


The Jobe SUP inflatable stand up paddle board

The Jobe range of inflatable sups are so popular with a reputation for quality.  They have a lightweight construction due to the Fusion technology, but also have exceptional strength to weight.    The boards are really easy to inflate as they come with a 2 phase pump that helps to get the initial air in really quickly before switching to the high pressure phase to top it off.   Our aim  was to hit that 20psi number and it took hardly any time, but the extra effort was well worth it as we were given a seriously rigid board that felt was way better than the softer inflatable sups you often see.

Which board is for you

Probably the easiest way to know what is best, is decide what you want to do with it. But most importantly realise that you won’t be a beginner for long so don’t think about the future.

10 – 10’6 – are great fun boards for families, and kids.   They’re very lightweight and easily maneuverable on the water.    Great fun in small waves and just messing about with the family.

11’6 – the extra length of board changes the performance and makes it much more capable of distance paddling as it will go faster and track straighter.  The board is still maneuverable and playful in waves but may just offer that bit more performance and fun if you’re considering doing some distance and adventure paddling.

12’6 – well this is the race sup in the range and rightly so.   A longer waterline, delivers maximum speed, but you’ll to practice and hone your skills to get control of a longer board.   The best tip we can offer is learn to move your feet around the board and work it actively.

The fins

The bag/trolley

The paddle

The pump

Our final thoughts




All of the fins on the Jobe Aero 10.6 are removable, making inflation and deflation a breeze. Also by having the valve at the back of the paddleboard, rolling up from the nose of the boards means that you end up with a really small package that is very easy to store in the waterproof dry bag that has an integrated back pack system. Just remember to refit the belly strap, which comes with the paddleboard, to make sure that it does not unroll as you place it back in the bag.

One of the biggest things that suriprises paddlers new and old is just how light the Jobe Aero 10.6 is when packed (this means a wheeled bag is not critical making the Jobe Aero range boards that are easy to live with). Weighing in at almost a third less (4kg) than the competition, this inflatable paddleboard makes accessing those hard to find spots, that only an inflatable paddleboard can reach that much easier.

  • The Jobe Aero 10’6s Bag

Jobe Aero range of inflatable paddleboards come with a waterproof dry bag arrangement that has backpack attachments, it is actually one of our favourite SUP bags. While it doesn’t have wheels like some competitors bags (Red Paddle Co for example), once the board is wet and stored, the bag does not get wet and therefore make everything else wet around it. It also helpfully doubles up as a waterproof bag for carrying belongings in and packs down small enough to easily fit under either the front or back bungee cords. While the waterproof dry bag has attachements on the outside to carry both the paddle and the pump, once the board is stored inside there is still actually plenty of room left inside. So if you are travelling on a place for example, then travelling with the complete set up is not a hassle.

  • The Jobe Aero Alloy Adjustable Paddle

As with all inflatable paddleboards, the paddle that comes with the Jobe Aero 10’6 is a pretty standard affair – three piece adjustable alloy paddle. But to be honest, this is all you need when starting out. Being adjustable also means that everyone can experience the same board by setting the paddle to the desired length.

  • The Jobe Aero Pump

The Jobe Aero pump is a standard high pressure affair, it does what is supposed to and an Aero 10.6 takes 8 minutes to inflate to the desired 20psi.

The Jobe Aero 10.6 inflatable paddle board is a great all round inflatable SUP that crosses over multiple paddling disciplines with ease. Stand up paddleboarding is all about fun and the Jobe Aero 10’6 package does not disappoint.

  • The Jobe Aero Leash

To be perfectly honest, the standard Jobe Aero leash is a pretty sorry affair and the only disappoint in this whole package. Because of this we have taken the decision ot upgrade the leash in the package to the Jobe 10ft Coiled Leash at no extra cost.


  • Conclusion

The Jobe Aero 10.6 Inflatable SUP is a great and rewarding package. As a package it offers tremendous value for money, is both tough and light as well as enjoyable to paddle for new and experienced. A superb all round inflatable stand up paddleboard.

The Jobe 10.6 Aero SUP board when inflated measures –

  • Length -10.6 feet
  • Width – 30 inches
  • Thickness – 4 inches
  • Volume – 188 litre
  • Weight – 8.3 kg

The Jobe 10.6 Aero SUP package when packed in its Jobe Drytube Back Pack with pump and three piece alloy paddle measures –

  • Tall – 90 cm
  • Width – 40 cm
  • Depth – 28 cm
  • Weighs – 9.4 kg

what’s the best inflatable sup

We often get asked what’s the best inflatable sup and to be honest it’s something we simply cannot answer. It’s not that we don’t know what makes a great board, but there’s so much more to it than simply what’s best.

Let’s first consider the paddler and see how they judge what’s the best inflatable sup

The paddlers experience is a massive factor here as you’d expect.  A stand up paddler with limited experience would consider most boards to be nice and as such would adapt their style as it develops to accommodate the board.

The paddlers size will see changes in the boards performance and responsiveness. If you’re very light then expect most boards to quite lively and certainly in waves or on moving water, but you may also find that your weight isn’t enough to perform moves like pivot turns, so you’ll probably think a board is not so good at those manouvers compared to a heavier paddler who would have less problem sinking the tail.

The paddlers requirements will vary drastically and something I tell everyone looking inflatable stand up paddle boards is that you’re only a beginner for a very short time so don’t dumb yourself down.   When I started paddling i went straight onto a short 9ft an paddled it everywhere. I cracked on knowing it was taking me ages to get across the harbour.   Now with so many board types ranging from 7-18ft in length and so many widths, it’s really important to get a board that is working above your current level so you can grow into it.


Contact us now to find out what’s the best inflatable sup that we have that’s suited to you!

Jobe Duna 2018 inflatable sup

  • A 3 year warranty
  • A glass fibre paddle
  • A reinforced travel bag
  • Fusion technology making them stiffer and lighter
  • Amazing value

Now let’s look  and see what’s the best inflatable sup from board only perspective.

Weight – boards have come a long way since the very first single skin constructions.  Back then you could expect to be carrying around a 15kg+ bag with a board that had relatively poor performance that was further hindered by the weight.   Obviously the major benefit being portability was only part met by these boards.

Construction – the world’s moved on and we’ve got 3 different types of construction.

Single layer is the lightest, but also most vulnerable to flex and stability issues. It is also less resistant to punctures or over inflation. You rarely get single layer now  unless its for kids or light adults.

Double skin is the norm that gave extra strength to the boards and reduced flex because you can increase the amount of air put into the board.

Fusion or MSL as Red call it is whole new way of bonding the Drop stitch to the pvc layer. By using pre glued stitch and controlled bonding processes you’re able to reduce the weight and improve the stitch layout which in some cases has created lighter boards that can take a higher pressure.

Ease of use – there’s no such thing as an easy to use board really as it all comes down to you and how much you try.  Some board shapes will offer more stability or straight line tracking and this is why we recommend trying a few boards before you buy one.

Ease of inflation and pack down – you don’t often hear it spoken of, but not every board packs down well after being inflated and in some cases you may struggle to re-bag it.  You really want a board that is very easy to roll up and slide back into the bag with room to spare.

Shape – the all important shape determines so many things. A short board with blunt nose will be more turney, but push a bit of water making it less capable over distances whereas a longer more parallel railed board will track straighter and covered more distance per paddle stroke, so life on the water will be easier – but this one is based on what you want the board for.

Versatility – being able to mix it up is the spice of life and paddling is no different. Only tottering around may be amazing to start with but you might find yourself wanting to catch some waves or just go that much faster.  The best advice is to know who YOU are and what YOU want. Then think how good you’ll be in a few months time and go for a board that will be more challenging right now as if it’s too easy you’ll find it becomes a bit mundane.

Ladies stand up paddle boards

Ladies stand up paddle boards don’t need to be made differently, but boys and girls often have different tastes in styling so why is it that everything in the inflatable sup world looks so linear and generic?

The I Love SUP range has definitely got the wow factor and whilst not specifically for ladies the graphics are oozig Italian styling which is where they come from.

A lack of linear dullness and a twist of colour has given this small range of boards a real mediterranean feel that is fun and bubbly and that in itself lightens up your day.

The boards come in 10’0, 10’6, 11’6 and 12’6 with sensible widths to take total beginners or those looking to advance on without hindering them on their journey.

Having seen the boards in the flesh and now paddled them, the 11’6 is the absolute winner as a do everything and be fun board.  It’s got a lovely zesty feel about it with really good quality feel to the board construction, deckpad and fittings.   It’s light weight makes it easy to carry, but being a double layer construction you don’t lose the rigidity that is expected with inflatable sups nowadays.

The pump works well and can take you to the recommended pressure with ease.

Something quite nice to see is a towing and tow eye at either end as it’s always sensible to consider the safety aspect with any sup.

There’s also a nice touch and that’s a camera type mount on the front that is already pre-fixed so it’s ready to take whatever camera you have.

Visually the heart logo and colouring on all the boards screams, sunshine and that in itself makes us think of sunny warm days and clear water.   A fun feeling for sure with no room for gloom.

The paddle that comes with it is a glass shaft that nice and soft so no damaging shoulders  and has a pvc blade.  It has a nice shape a bit like a V-Drive in the blade so whilst it’s not performance materials it has got something to add. It’s also comfortably light so again would suit lighter people.

Learn to paddle and buy an inflatable stand up paddle board

Inflatable paddleboards or sups as they’re better known have given everyone the chance to take up paddleboarding no matter where they live or what they drive. It’s given sports people, sun lovers and adventurers another outlet to enjoy.

You don’t have to be a professional waterperson or even super fit to enjoy stand up paddleboarding (sup) and that’s where the inflatable stand up paddle board is really making a difference.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a popular (and fun!) activity for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to spend their time on the water.

So what is stand up paddle boarding (sup)

Stand up paddle boarding is neither surfing or canoeing. It’s totally unique and whilst skills can migrate from one or another, the vibe is very different.

As you know, surfers paddle their board laying down or prone and then sit around for ages waiting for waves.  Compare this to stand up paddle boarders who can paddle out, turn and go on any wave they choose.

You then have the original paddle boarding in which paddlers tend to kneel and paddle by hand. It’s a much older sport and really tough, but much closer to sup than canoeing.

Many stand up paddle boarders favour flat and calm waters as it is much easier to stand up, whilst other choose open rougher water, but that’s totally down to you. Whichever you choose,  stand up paddle boarding provides a seriously good all over body workout.

So what is it that we Love about Stand Up Paddle Boarding

It’s a guaranteed workout without even trying and it can be whatever you want it to be – fun and relaxed or gnarly and crazy.

It’s a great way to make new friends and build a community in a relaxing environment even for those of you who may be a little bit shy.

Why not enjoy seeing places you never dreamed of and seeing them from unique angle that can only be had from the water.

What are the different types of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding can be whatever you wan it to be, but there are some disciplines that stand out for us.


Stand up paddle board fishing

The great thing about fishing from a sup is you can get anywhere. You can get specific inflatable and hard stand up paddle boards for fishing that are a bit wider and have a piercing bow so you can travel easily.

A SUP would allow you to go into shallow water, and be quick to react or follow the fish whilst also being easy to launch and store.

Most importantly is the board is super quiet and won’t scare the fish.



The added dimension provided by SUP means doing yoga requires a great deal of focus and calm.

The bets boards for this are the inflatable stand up paddle boards as they are more comfortable.

Quite a few classes for Yoga are run by SUP clubs around the UK and this is on the increase during the summer when it’s warmer.   We also do a Yoga specific inflatable board that can be joining to a floating hub so you can tether multiple boards together on the water.


stand up paddle board racing and equipment

Racing is a side of the sport that sees people competing against others, whilst also competing against themselves.

Stand up paddle board racing isn’t just about the more advanced paddlers, but is also enjoyed by the more novice paddlers who have their own classes to compete in.There are classes run by brands like the NICSO Naish competitions and then GBSUP.

Let’s talk a bit about safety

All sports need careful consideration , but add water and you need to thing smart.

Buoyancy aids or pfds are worth considering. Whilst it’s not a legal obligation, it makes sense to be aware of your limitations and to keep safe.

Also make sure you have a strong leash as that is the link to your biggest lifeline.


Getting Started: The Basics

Buying an inflatable stand up paddle board

There’s no rush with sup so enjoy it. Plan your first few times out to be in nicer weather so you’re not worrying about the cold , rain and wind.

Let’s now talk about the kit you’d need to get on the water:



The best thing about stand up paddleboarding is that you can have fun on anything and you don’t really need much kit, but it is worth making sure you don’t pick the things that are harder to use.

  • Stand up paddle board: In the beginning you can rent a board or go for some lessons. This way you can save money and get to know different kit.  Once you’re ready you’re probably going to want to buy an inflatable stand up paddle board as it is easier to transport and store.
  • Personal flotation device (PFD): Definitely get a safety jacket and this way you can feel more relaxed and secure.
  • Safety whistle: A whistle attached to the pfd is a great idea as it will be heard much further than your screams or calls for help.
  • Paddle: This is going to be your most important purchase as a good paddle will last a lifetime, but for now choose a glass fibre paddle and not a aluminium one.
  • Leash: The leash is your lifeline so make sure they’re new and in good condition.

Other kit to consider

Optional things you might like in your kit bag:

  • A lip balm as salt air does dry you out
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Towel, but leave that in the car.
  • A mobile phone is a useful safety tool but needs leaving in a waterproof case.


Being prepared is the best way to be safe on a sup as you’re vulnerable to the elements.

Wetsuits or drysuits are the most common options with boots, gloves and hoods needed in the colder months.

That said you’re going to get hot so not being overdressed is also important and wearing a winter suit in spring may be too much and you’ll cook.

If you suffer from sunburn, make sure you wear a t-shirt and sunblock in the summer as the reflection can massively increase the strength of the suns rays.

If you like the freedom then you can also paddle in neoprene shorts and vest which will give the ultimate feeling of comfort whilst giving a barrier.

Also bear in mind that when you’ve done having some comfortable loose clothing to wear and even a towel robie would make you a lot warmer and comfy for the drive home.



Let’s Get Moving

So far you’ve got wetsuit, board, inflatable stand up paddle board and you’re ready to go so all that’s left is to get on the water.

This next section is our very simple get up and go guide:

The launch

  • Put the inflatable stand up paddle board in the water and make sure it is deep enough not to stuff the fin into the ground.
  • Now stand alongside the board and lay the paddle across the board just in front of the carry handle.
  • Kneel onto the board.
  • Holding the paddle correctly you can now paddle about for a while getting used to steering and generally navigating the board.
  • Once you’re happy with going around you can try and stand.  Don’t hesitate as it’s only water and make sure to hold the paddle in the water as you get up.

Standing up

It is often easier to stand up when the board is moving slightly as it becomes more stable, but the best advice is begin on totally flat water:

  • To stand you begin by going form the knees and move one foot back whilst leaning evenly on both hands. Now place the other foot back so you are standing but still with hands on the board/paddle across the board.
  • Slowly come to a straight up pose, but on the way up dip the blade of the paddle in the water so it becomes a third leg.

Getting balanced

  • This is the biggest challenge for everyone as we’re all different.
  • The answer isn’t so much about a defined technique, but simply get on and practice.
  • That said, having a wide enough inflatable stand up paddle board will really help and making sure the water is calm.
  • For some first timers, balance is hard especially those who haven’t really done much activity like this before so do persevere and if necessary try doing things off the water to get more balance.
  • Keep your knees bent , but don’t crouch too low or you cannot paddle.
  • Keep the board moving and don’t stop paddling no matter what as this is much like riding a bike and peddling.
  • Never raise the paddle up high as your vulnerable.
  • Relax your grip on the paddle and keep the lower hand about half way down the shaft.
  • Widen your stance as far as the board allows.
  • Look forwards and not down.
  • Now relax – it’s only water.

The paddle stroke

There’s a few different strokes so lets keep it simple for now and get you moving, but before we do that you need to know how to hold the paddle.

The diagram shows it quite clearly with hands in place, but also the direction in which the blade should point. Note how the slope of the blade is away from the person, never towards.

Another thing to note is that you will probably swap the blade from side to side as you go along every few strokes due to the board steering off of course as you paddle along.

Basic forward stroke

Referring back to our picture shows the person holding the paddle on the left hand side.  As a beginner you’ll probably only manage 3 or 4 strokes before the board bends off of course and you will need to switch sides.

Never grip the paddle hard and don’t strain as it will cause muscle aches to take it easy to start with.

Slightly tip forward from the waist and then reach the lower hand forward pushing the blade away from you before dipping it into the water.

Once the blade is fully sunk pull back on the lower hand and stand up.   Note that this isn’t the most detailed description of a paddle stroke as it is actually quite complex so for now we’ll keep it simple.

Once your paddle reaches the line of your feet lift the paddle out of the water and reach forwards again.

Paddling backwards

Being able to slow down or even do an immediate on the sport turn is very handy and this is where the reverse stroke comes in.

All you need to do is push the blade in behind your feet and then pull the blade to the front of the board to move the board. The fins will cause the board to rotate more than travel.

The cross bow

Another means of turning the board quickly whilst still moving forwards is to draw the paddle across the front of the board.

Paddle as normal and whilst you’re moving reach the blade out front and across the other side of the board.

Reach it far forward and around the nose which will force the board to turn.

You can do this whilst standing still or moving.

Falling from the board

Everyone falls and there are safe ways to do it. It doesn’t matter if we’re sup surfing or flat water paddling.


As you feel a fall coming on you need to accept it’s happening and not try to grab or save yourself as that can end up with you falling onto your board and paddle.

Falling onto an inflatable stand up paddle board is not so much of a problem, but falling onto a hard board sup can hurt a lot more especially if you fall down onto your ribs.

When you do fall make sure you land away from the board and don’t try to grab the board on the way down.

Don’t let go of the paddle but hold it away from you.

Be aware of the boards position and especially fins.

Getting back onto your inflatable stand up paddle board

Inflatable stand up paddle boards are quire thick so they are bit hard to get back onto than a smaller surf sup that sits very low in the water.

  • Swim up to your inflatable board and reach across and over it.
  • Lay the paddle up onto the board.
  • Now kick hard to propel yourself up higher and pull at the same time.
  • Push your self up and over and then finally lay yourself flat on the board before standing.


Buying your first inflatable stand up paddle board

This is a minefield but we’ll keep it simple for now as it’s your first board.


All round inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

Don’t get too hung up on shapes etc as your first board will need to be a bit of everything so buying an inflatable stand up paddle board should be pretty easy with a few considerations.

You need to make sure it’s got enough volume and not too short so we’d recommend looking at 10’6 + in length.  An inflatable stand up paddle board of this length will have plenty of volume even for a bigger 100 kg person.

The more pin tail shapes are often more wobbly to stand on and especially when turning so a wider tail is helpful and a more pointy nose shape will make the board travel a bit faster.

If you want to paddle with friends and possibly travel a bit further then 11’6+ is really the way to go much like our I Love SUP 11’6

Surf Stand Up Paddle Boards by Jimmy Lewis UK

This is a whole new world and amazing fun.   It’s not really possible to say what will suit you as they’re all so different and depends on you , the conditions etc.

What I would say is that any board can be surfed,so it now depends on what level you’re at.

We have some amazing shapes like the Jimmy Lewis Super Frank which gives the rider the chance to ride a much smaller board whilst being stable to paddle around. 7’6 to 8’6 and a 95kg paddler can enjoy them without problem. I know as that is me.

Then we have the board like the Jimmy Lewis Striker 9’5 which is an amazing all round and easy going surf shape. It rides really smoothly and can be used for a bit of old school nose riding too.

All of the said we have no problem sup surfing an inflatable paddle board like our 11’6 if the waves aren’t too serious and it will offer an easy way to start off.

Racing Stand Up Paddle Boards

Racing is a whole new world and kit really can get expensive for the best and proven stuff so maybe you’re better starting off on our I Love SUP  12’6 and see if you like sup racing #gbsup

It’s all about going fast but also being able to mange the board in differing water conditions so if it’s too hard to stand on as its narrow then you’ve just lost the race.

Our favourite all water race board is the Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder.   3 widths make it an easy choice for those looking for ultimate speed or more control in rougher waters.