Stand up paddleboarding, or simply SUP, is an innovative water sport derived from surfing which grew in popularity in Hawaii. Stand up paddle boarders stand on inflatable floating boards, and employ a single paddle to propel themselves forward through the water. SUP is perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels, although expert instructors are available to help novice stand up paddleboarders learn the sport properly.
The SUP buoyancy force can be applied both when the paddle is in contact with the surface water and when the paddle is in the water below the surface. As a result, SUP is great for cross-country hiking, camping, rafting, kiteboarding, and fishing.
When a SUP rider begins, he will stand with his feet hip-width apart, holding onto both the edge of the board and the center handle. The board’s center handle is at the front of the board, so the rider moves from right to left as he paddles. Depending on the style of board – freestyle, freeride, or backstroke – the rider may hold his feet out in the water or on the shore.
If he is using a conventional board, he will place his hands along the length of the board, on either the front or back ends. If he is using a new, personalized board, he will have his hands spread widely on the surface of the board.
A typical instructional video for stand up paddle boarding will show the rider in a standing position, then when he has reached the desired speed he will “paddle out” and move his legs into the current to increase his buoyancy and make the paddle move faster.
Before starting out, it is important to remember that leaning into a turn is much more efficient than braking, and standing in one position makes it much easier to “paddle out” without changing your posture. Stand up Paddle Boarding is not just for amateurs; competitive riders use this technique in races like the Olympics and Tour de France.
The main goal of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is to have your body under full control so that you can create plenty of speed and make the turns that are necessary for the overall success of the competition.
Lean into your turns and don’t try to lift your body with your arms, but simply move your legs into the current. As you learn more about Stand Up Paddle Boarding, you can develop your own techniques. Watch other people perform and watch your technique – the closer your technique is to theirs the better you will do.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Learning
There are several classes for Stand Up Paddle Boarding that are offered at local meets. One of the most popular is called the Basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding course. This class is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding and then provide them with fun ways to get moving.
The class provides plenty of space to move around so that participants don’t feel like they are crowding together. It also includes short breaks so that new learners don’t get too frustrated.
Learning to stand on your paddleboard is a little different than going down the tube on a roller coaster. Stand Up Paddle Boarding involves a lot of forwarding motion that requires strength, balance, flexibility, and poise.
Beginners should be warned that standing up on a paddleboard is tough work. The instructor will help the beginner get his body into the proper position and then guide the novice in the gentle, smooth movement forward.
The class consists of short periods of stand-up paddling followed by a series of short laps swimming, jogging, or surfing.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding has evolved from just being a weekend hobby for young adults into a popular sport. While standing up Paddle Boards have been around for decades, the development of hybrid paddle boards has made these boards much easier to use and more versatile than before.
Hybrid paddle boards combine the stability of a regular paddleboard with the agility and performance of a surfing board. These boards are designed to stand up to the pressure of waves, perform well on flat water and offer extreme versatility while still maintaining excellent control. The popularity of this new innovation has led to the development of a hybrid paddleboard with more advanced features.