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SUP Handling Tips

SUP Handling and Paddling Tips

Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP isn't difficult to learn, but to do it properly and efficiently can be another story!

Your first time on the board should be just to get your balance and the feeling of riding on the surface of the water. When you are ready to begin paddling, put a slight bend in your knees as you reach forward for the stroke. Pull back slowly and steadily towards the back of the board, maintaining a straight line throughout the stroke. You will get the hang of it after a few tries ,and be sure to practice on both sides. More often than not, a new paddler will struggle on their weak side until they achieve proper form. In this process you will get a feeling of how to stroke, paddle and
turn.  The learning curve is fast and within a few hours you will be able to enjoy paddling.  

There is a front and back to the paddle, you will want the blade to angle forward, this is counter intuitive but don't worry about this
because it doesn't make that much difference when you first start, it is not a big issue and will not hinder your
learning.   So, to start, stand in center of board, feet shoulder width apart, paddle gently until you get the feel
of the board and turn by sweeping the paddle out or by paddling backwards.  That's it.  That is all you need to
do.  Paddling techniques will come once you start.  And just remember, your fishing, not racing.

Stance

Stand  with your toes on the center line of the board, feet in a parallel stance to your shoulders,  shoulder
width apart.

Paddling

Hold the paddle with one hand over the top griping the handle and the other mid way down the shaft.  Switch
hand positions when paddling on right and left sides. Holding the paddle and paddling will be a natural thing
and will feel the same as the way you would hold a paddle for canoeing.

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