Paddling SUP stand up paddleboard is not particularly difficult. Here we explain how you can best get started.
To get the best balance, we place the feet shoulder-width apart just behind the middle of the board (the handle on the board is a good starting point), the toes should be directed forward. Bend your legs slightly to be able to move and be able to parry any movements from the water. If it feels unstable, it is good to start standing on your knees at the same position on the board.
The paddle is one-sided and should be body length + about 20-30cm, we paddle on one side at a time and the right hand should be at the top when we paddle on the left side, the left hand is then placed about 80-100cm below.
Place the paddle far forward in the water and push the upper hand forward and pull the lower hand backwards. The paddle must be placed in the water as straight as possible to avoid the board swinging, otherwise we paddle about 3-4 paddle strokes on one side and then paddle on the other side.
Technology – Swing smoothly
To turn, there are 2 variants, the slightly more stable variant, we paddle forward on one side of the board and paddle backwards on the other side. The faster version, we move further back on the board and paddle only on one side. The further back on the board you stand, the faster the board swings.
To stop your SUP, you put the paddle like a brake – or in the worst case, you throw yourself into the water