The summer months are the perfect time to get out on the water on a SUP. Light winds, sunshine, and warm water can make for a perfect SUP session. Having a lesson or joining a summer sup club is the ideal way to get started. But if you’re going out with some mates for a quick taster session here are SUPboarders top tips to help you get up, and stay up on your SUP this summer!…
Look at the horizon
By keeping your head upright and looking forward it will help to maintain your balance. It’s tempting to look down at your paddle and the water, but if you do chances are you’ll end up in the water too!
Your board is a lot more stable when it is on the move. So before you try and stand up get paddling on your knees first so your board is moving. And once you’re up, get paddling and keep moving!
Bare feet is best
Your toes play a big part when it comes to balance. So to give yourself the best chance of staying upright on your board go barefoot.
Keep your knees soft
Slightly bent knees will help absorb the movements of your board under your feet and help you maintain your balance.
Wear a wetsuit
If you’re not afraid of getting wet then you’re more likely to relax. And if you’re more relaxed then you’re less likely to fall in! So if you’re not a fan of cool water, wear a wetsuit to take away that fear factor!
Get that paddle in
Your paddle acts very much like a walking stick. It’s a lot more effective when it’s in the water rather than waving around above it! So as soon as you’re on your feet get it in the water and get paddling.
Think about your feet
Your feet should be wide apart, either side of the handle. This is the middle and most stable part of the board. Get your feet in the correct position before standing up.
Keeping your paddle deep with the full blade in the water, and the paddle shaft vertical will give you more drive and speed, and also more stability.
Pick your day
Ideally you want light winds and calm waters for your SUP session. So check the forecast, and choose your spot carefully. Going out in windy, choppy conditions is one way to put you off SUPing for life!
Check your paddle height
As a beginner/intermediate paddler you ideally want your paddle approx 6 inches above your head. If it’s too long or too short it will make you off balance when you’re afloat.
Stay safe on your SUP this summer. Remember to always wear a leash on the water (unless in fast moving waters) Your board is your flotation device and it’s no use if it’s not attached!
Hopefully these top tips help get you to your feet with ease and you have an enjoyable summer SUP experience. For more paddling tips and to meet the local SUP crowd check out your local SUP club/school.