Top Tips for New Paddleboarders
If you’re looking for a fun and unique activity to try this summer, paddleboarding could be perfect for you! Not only is this one of the UK’s most up and coming water sports, but it is also a superb way to stay fit and healthy while getting out on the water and watching the world go by from a whole new perspective. At F-One, we’ve got some handy tips to help you get started with learning this fantastic aquatic pursuit:
Ensure Your Paddle is Facing the Correct Way
If you are new to the paddleboarding world, it would seem logical to hold your paddle so that the bent section is facing you and will allow you to ‘scoop’ up the water to propel yourself forward, right? This is, in fact, wrong as not only does this cause unnecessary splashing but it also makes it easier for you to lose your balance, not ideal when SUP boarding! As such, make sure you paddle with the curved section facing away from you as this will ensure you achieve a nice clean stroke.
Always Use a Leash
Whether you are a SUP newbie or have been gliding on the water for years, a leash is an essential piece of paddleboarding kit that every paddler needs, no matter what their level of experience. As well as helping you not to lose your board, a leash will also ensure that you are safe on the water by providing you with something to hold on to if you become tired, injured or lost.
Don’t Paddle too Close to Others
Although you may be tempted to paddle close to your fellow paddleboarders, it’s best not to for various reasons. Not only will you need extra room while you are perfecting your paddling technique, but the waves created by other paddleboarders could cause you to lose your balance, increasing your chances of falling in the water or injuring yourself or others. Consequently, be sure to make use of the wide-open spaces provided by rivers and the sea when out on your board.
Check the Weather
When you’re SUP boarding, your body is essentially like a sail in the wind; if the weather is particularly blustery, the likelihood is you will be blown in one particular direction. This makes it much more difficult to paddle a certain way, especially if you are a beginner who has not yet mastered their paddling technique.
To avoid a battle on the water, it is always best to check the weather conditions before heading out to make sure that you can enjoy a SUP session safely for as long as possible.
Practice Your Falls
Falling is an inevitable part of any water sport, and as a paddleboarding beginner, you can expect to be doing a lot of this! But instead of seeing it as a negative, use these wobbles to learn how to fall the right way to avoid any injuries when losing your balance. Coming into contact with a large paddleboard is going to hurt, so it is crucial to practice falling away from your board to avoid any bangs and bruises.
If you’re wearing a leash (which if you have read this properly, you will be!), you don’t need to worry about your board drifting away when falling as it will still be tethered to you, even when you’re in the water!
Ride the Smaller Waves First
Whatever water sport you are enjoying out on the waves whether it’s paddleboarding, kitesurfing or surfing, it is important to ride waves that are suitable for your ability level. As a paddleboarding beginner, this means tackling waves that are small and smooth as these are much easier to ride and won’t risk your safety in comparison to those that are bigger and more powerful.
Although after a few sessions you may be itching to get out on those larger crests, you must gain a good amount of knowledge and experience before doing so as you could put yourself in serious danger. Be patient, and we promise you in time, you’ll be paddling up some absolutely blinding waves!
While these are just some of our top tips for new paddleboarders, there’s plenty more to learn! If you’d like to know more about paddleboarding including what to wear, how to get in shape for the water sport and some of the health benefits it offers, visit our blog today. Alternatively, take a look at our unique inflatable stand up paddle board range today to find the perfect board to suit!