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How to Paddle Board

SUP is all people are talking about right now… ‘SUPing’ as they call it. For those still new, SUP stands for stand up paddle boarding. As we get closer to summer, paddle boarding is becoming a popular water sport for people all over the country. Paddle boarding involves people to use their arms while lying, kneeling or standing on a paddle board or surfboard to swim and propel forward. SUP is somewhere in between surfing and kayaking yet the board can be used for an array of activities including yoga, fishing, and white water as well as touring. It is one of the easiest ways to get started on the water but don’t think it’s all fun and games, the sport requires balance and patience and is a lot harder than it looks. If you’re unsure of where you can take your paddle board, you can SUP in the open ocean, lakes, rivers or canals depending on where is most accessible to you.

The basics of paddle boarding

Before you grab your sup boards and head to the water, we would consider the following before planning ahead.

Weather

The weather will play a big part in allowing for a great SUP session. We would recommend choosing a day where the sun is shining with little to no wind. However, thanks to performance wetsuits and waterproof jackets, you are able to paddle happily throughout all four seasons. A lake or pond with calm water that’s free of obstacles including other water activities, boats or buoys would be our next step. We would also go to a sandy beach that you can wade into the water with ease without having to worry about anything sharp underfoot.

Route

Plan your route before you set out. We would recommend sticking to the bay and practising your paddle strokes so that you know the basics before heading further afield.

Time

If it’s your first time SUPing, we would recommend around 1hr on your first outing. Increase as you get more comfortable and confident.

Who are you SUPing with?

Paddle boarding with a friend or joining an online group has lots of benefits. You’re able to meet new people and create a community who enjoy it as much as you do. Joy and happiness grows when you share the experience with friends, family and strangers alike.

1. Always use a leash

2. Make sure the board is the correct way (with the fin facing the back)

3. Make sure your weight is centred on the board

4. Always look up

5. Reach forward and use the whole blade of the paddle

The history of paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) was born from surfing in the 1940s with modern roots in Waikiki, Hawaii thanks to surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku. In the early days, surfing instructors would stand up on their boards with paddles so that they were able to keep an eye on all of the surfers beyond the waves and in-between surfs. As word of mouth was passed on and popularity grew, there was only one type of board specifically designed for paddle boarding which was predominately used within sunny California including places like Malibu and Dana Point. The sport became so popular that paddle boarding soon became international.

The benefits of paddle boarding

For many of us, paddle boarding is a way to adventure on water. With curiosity being at the forefront of exploration, there are many benefits of SUPing. Firstly, it is relatively cheaper than most watersport activities. Whether you’re renting a board out for the day or you’ve bought your own, being out on the open water improves your overall mood as well as being fun and well, Instagrammable too. Stand up inflatable paddle boards are the easiest and most convenient boards to transport from a-b because they can roll up and pack away easily.

A big plus is that paddle boarding is for any age or ability and can be a great way to get the family together at the weekend. Another advantage is that it keeps you and your mind healthy as we all know, being outdoors and appreciating your surroundings releases stress. SUPing also offers a full body workout, not just upper body strength whilst paddling but twisting your body through functional movement patterns allows you to work multiple muscles at once. Balancing takes control and strength so you will definitely feel the tension the next day, that’s for sure. While SUPing is a great workout, it is a low impact exercise and is unlikely of damaging any tendons, ligaments or joints in comparison to football or tennis. That’s why so many of us love it.

The equipment needed for paddle boarding

Top Trespass Tip ✔️ Attach a leash to your leg for health and safety if you fall off or come into trouble. Your board is a large flotation device which will help to keep you buoyant.

Now that you know some of the basics of paddle boarding, it’s time to make the most of your summer. Try something you haven’t tried before and get it ticked off your bucket list! Accessible and affordable, why not try it? We were on pause for over a year and we now need somewhere that we can leave the modern day-to-day world behind, just for a little while, anyway. Put down your phone, close down your laptop and be present, for once. Nature is calling. Join the hype, keep calm and paddle on.