Paddle boarding is a growing trend in water sports and more people are trying it every day. If you are new to paddle boards then it is recommended to start by renting your equipment from a surf shop. A board sold from a paddle board retailer that’s made by a major paddle board manufacturer can sell for 2-3 thousand dollars. So renting the equipment in order to find out which is the best fit for you is the best choice.
Once you have your equipment and your personal flotation device, its time to get in the water. Don’t forget the flotation device because the coast guards rate a stand up paddle board as a vessel. Which means it’s the law. When you are just starting out, it is best to find a lake that is free of boat traffic and other obstructions. When carrying the paddle boards to the water, follow these steps:
1. Stand the board onto its end with the top facing you
2. lay the paddle on the ground at your feet in easy reach
3. Walk your way to the middle of the board and then grip the rails in order to balance the board atop your head
4. Once you have the board steadied, squat down and grab the paddle and carry it bedside the board
When you have reached the water and it is time to climb onto your paddle board. Go into waist deep water or shallower depending on what is comfortable. Put the paddle across the board and pull your self into a sitting position on the board. One hand should be inflatable paddle board holding the rail of the board and the other is holding the paddle grip. Now, move into a kneeling position on the board that is slightly behind the center point. Feel out the balance of the paddle board. You should be completely even in water with neither the tail nor the nose dipping into the water more deeply than the other. Once you are ready, stand up one foot at a time and place your feet where your knees were just positioned. Your first few times, you may want a buddy to come along in order to help get you started.
Now that you are standing on your paddle board you need to remember:
• Keep your feet parallel and have an upright posture
• Do not stand on the rails; keep your feet inside them at all times.
• When you fall, lean away from the board so you do not injure yourself on it
• Try to keep some forward momentum going as much as possible. It is much easier to balance on paddle boards while you have forward momentum.
That is it. Now get out there and have fun seeing the sights from your upright paddle board. So now just remember GUSU. Thats means get up stand up!