Love the water and want to get a whiff of the balmy ocean life? Jump on to a Paddleboard, the newest water sport that’s gaining momentum the world over. It’s cheaper than taking your boat out and needs less equipment than kayaking. Probably why Stand Up Paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is a growing rage currently that stands at a global market of £7 billion! Read on to know how to get afloat on your own.
Begin by Choosing the Right Paddleboard
A stop by your local coastal adventure company would be the best bet to guide you to buy the right equipment. All-round paddleboards are the most preferred option, which are inflatable and come rolled up in compact bags to make it easy to haul in a car boot. Touring SUPs are usually longer and narrower for easier momentum in the waters, while. Yoga SUPs have larger, gripper pads on the surface. Also, it is important to find the right size of the paddle to help you maneuver. Paddles are usually customized to your arm length.
Stand Up and Get Going!
The first few tries of paddleboarding are going to be rough, so be prepared to fall flat and splash around before you find your balance! But climbing back on is extremely easy, so fear not! Start in clear and calm waters. Center yourself first in a kneeling position, taking a few strokes at a time, with the cure of the paddle towards you. Then stand up one leg at a time slowly with your knees bent a bit and keep your core straight. And keep paddling, keep going!
• Do take some time to check the tide times and currents, as well as changing weather conditions. Even if on the lake, do keep wind patterns.
• Tie your belongings to elastic straps usually provided on inflatable paddleboards.
• Carry enough water to stay hydrated, and don’t leave the sunscreen behind!
• Carry a waterproof pouch for your money, phone, or other belongings.
• Keep spare clothes or jackets.