How to Stand Up on a Paddle Board?

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Have you tried paddleboarding? It is one of the popular water sports that people are talking about nowadays.

 

You can try paddleboarding on the ocean. It is a great sport that gives you a full-body workout.

 

There are many ways to practice paddle boarding. You can try lying on the board and paddling with your hand, kneel on the board, or try standing on the board and surfing.

 

Standing on the paddleboard is the latest version of this sport. It started around a decade or so.

 

Mainly this idea was developed because paddleboarding cannot be enjoyed without the ocean. But standing on the paddleboard can be done on a lake or a river.

 

How to stand up on a paddleboard?

If you see someone standing on a paddleboard, it may seem difficult. But with a little practice, you can easily learn how to stand up on a paddleboard. Let us look at how;

 

In order to stand on a paddle board you need to learn three things;

 

  • How to launch a paddleboard?
  • How to stand up on a paddleboard?
  • How to balance a paddleboard?

 

We will break it down describing each step so that you can try it the next time you are on the water with a paddleboard.

 

How to launch a paddleboard?

At first, take the board and walk into the water until the water is knee deep. By doing this, you prevent the fins of the board from getting wet.

 

Now move the board on the water, hold the edges of the board on your way. You can start from a kneeling position on the board. If you are just behind the center it will be easier to take control of the situation.

 

Some people find starting with a knee difficult, for such cases, you can lie down and start paddling. All that is important is you take a grasp of the flow and learn to balance yourself.

 

Once you gain a balance on the kneeling position, use the paddle and take control of the board.

 

While you are in the water you have to keep yourself safe. Try to paddle away from any obstacle. So, that even if you fall into the water there is no serious injury.

 

How to stand up on the paddling board?

If you are comfortable in the kneeling position, then you should try to stand up. Put both your hands on two sides of the board.

 

Here, you have to balance the board with your hand. Move one foot at a time, replace your knee with your foot.

 

Place the entire weight of your body on your arms as you try to stand up. It is best not to stand up in one motion. Rather move your chest first to a vertical state, keeping your knees bent.

 

Now if you have done this, then straighten your legs to stand up on the board. If you do it this way, you will gain balance and stand up properly on a paddling board.

 

How to balance on a paddling board?

After standing up you need to maintain your standing posture. For this, you have to keep your feet parallel and equidistant from the edges of the board.

 

Your toes should point straight forward, and your knees should be bent a bit to maintain balance. Here your body weight falls on your hip.

 

You can move your hip to shift the weight. Keep the upper part of your body independent from the lower parts. Move your hip to keep control of your posture.

 

In this situation, you have to keep your eyes on the horizon. Do not look at your feet. Keep the paddle on the water all the time. It gives the board more stability.

 

If you feel unstable, you can grab the board with your feet, but you can grow tired fast that way. When you are on the board, try your best to keep your legs relaxed.

 

On regular intervals, wiggle your toes to keep them from going numb. Rock your feet from heel to toe, to make sure they get some movement.

 

If you still feel tired, you can sit down and give your legs break. That way, you can practice standing up again.

 

Final words

These are some simple steps that you can take to stand up on a paddleboard. As it is with any sports, you need to practice and learn how to balance.

 

Once you learn it, you can enjoy your time on the water with a paddleboard. It will be something you look forward to during the holidays.

 

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