Are you ready to hit the water and enjoy the beautiful scenery while paddleboarding? Before jumping into your paddleboarding adventure, it’s important to learn the proper technique to stand up on your paddleboard. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, mastering this technique will make your paddleboarding experience more enjoyable and safer.
First things first, make sure your paddleboard is stable and secure in the water. It’s important that you’re in calm water without any big waves or strong currents. If you’re new to paddleboarding, it’s a good idea to start in shallow water to practice your technique.
Begin by kneeling in the middle of your paddleboard with your paddle placed horizontally across the board in front of you. Make sure that both of your hands are on the paddle so that it doesn’t float away from you.
Next, slowly shift your weight forward until you are in a tabletop position. Your knees should form a 90-degree angle with the board and your feet should be planted firmly on the board, hip-width apart.
Now, slowly stand up on the board, one foot at a time, until your knees and arms are straight. Keeping your knees slightly bent will help maintain your balance.
Once you’re standing, make sure to keep your feet in a parallel position, hip-width apart. This stance will give you the most stability on the board. Stand tall and keep your gaze forward, not down at the board.
While standing, use your core to maintain balance and stability. You can also shift your weight from side to side by slightly bending one knee and leaning towards that side. This will help you turn and maneuver your board.
Remember to stay relaxed and don’t forget to breathe. Paddleboarding is a fun and peaceful activity and standing up on your paddleboard is just the beginning of your adventure.
Standing up on a paddleboard takes a little practice and patience, but once you get it, it will become second nature. Remember to keep calm, keep your balance, and enjoy the beauty of the water. Happy paddling!