It is fair to say that if you can walk you can learn stand up paddleboard, but are you satisfied with just walking in a straight line?
Those first few seconds of paddling out, knelt down on your board on flat water and then met with trepidation as you prepare to stand up. Slowly you place your hands on the board and get into the squat position ready to stand. Knees wobbling you straighten up and BOOM – you’re up. You’ve made it.
But now what?
There are loads of stand up paddleboard clubs and sup instructors out there who will be happy to help you on your way with advice and guidance for those just getting into the sport of stand up paddleboarding, but once you’ve had a few basic lessons where do you go.
You’ve been taught to hold the paddle the right way round, the basic self rescue and aiding in a second person rescue. You’ve grasped the basic idea of steering and board control. You may have even tried faster turns.
That’s it, you’re a paddleboarder and the waters are yours to enjoy so what can we teach you to further your experience and enjoyment.
Everyone you paddle with will have differing levels of balance. Even when they look like they’ve cracked it you’ll probably find they are overworking to stay stable and then you roughen the water a bit and the facade begins to crumble and that perfect balance becomes jelly like.
Have you ever considered a balance trainer like the Indoboard, or even take up skateboarding longboards. They are just 2 great ways to stay fit, improve your balance and love life that bit more.
Stand up paddleboard more often and always test yourself. Make sure you go out when the conditions aren’t so perfect as life isn’t all rosey so embrace it.
Be aware of your own body as stand up paddleboarding is going to put a whole load of new stresses and strains on your body so don’t cut your time short and get injured.
Remember to mix up your exercise routine on an off the water and always integrate a degree of balance training in any workout you do.
Don’t get so hung up one speed as improvements come as technique improves. Speed should eb the last thing you worry about.
Stretching is critical as you are going to be tightening quads, glutes and many other muslces that are going to tighten and shorten up if you’re not careful.
Don’t get hung up and keep the love
Don’t get intense as stand up paddleboarding is about loving time on the water and the wellbeing that brings us.
You’ll definitely enjoy doing it more with others so hook up with a local stand up paddle board club like Sussex SUP Club
Some of the stand up paddleboard school like Sussex Surf School offer a progressive program of lessons and integrate that with Indboard classes so get in touch and have someone push you that little bit further on and off the water. The results will be obvious.