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What are tips for paddleboarding?

Lucija Kordić, The East Bay gal adding Dalmatia to her global SUP ohana.

Answered Dec 26

Thanks for the A2A! Here are some tips presented in phases and mainly geared toward newbies.

The “I’m thinking about it …” phase

  • Congrats! Paddleboarding/Stand Up Paddle/SUP may possibly change your life for the better, give you memorable experiences, improve your health, and make you new friends
  • To prepare for this adventure start working on your core or balance because you’ll rely on it regardless of conditions or board type—balance is key to the experience
  • Watch YouTube videos on technique, board types, and fitness
  • If water intimidates you guess what—you can sit on the board for how ever long it takes!
Congrats! Paddleboarding/Stand Up Paddle/SUP may possibly change your life for the better, give you memorable experiences, improve your health, and make you new friends

The “I’m definitely gonna do it!” phase

  • Where will you SUP? If you plan on a tropical or warm weather destination make sure to bring adequate water, a hat with a brim, and sun screen—your outfitter should take care of safety details such as a leash and Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Add a wetsuit, dry suit, and booties for colder climes
  • Moisture-wicking workout or cycling clothes work well for SUP and wool socks are perfect under booties when it’s cold. Shoes are a matter of choice but I typically strap a pair of flip flops to my leash if not wearing booties—you never know when you need to portage, stop for a beverage, or aren’t used to pebble beaches
  • Take a lesson—in my opinion taking a lesson can make or break your experience and give a boost of confidence for that first venture on the water

The “I’m gonna commit” phase

  • Sweet! If you don't want to SUP alone check out Facebook, Twitter, MeetUp, The Stand Up Zone, SUP Currents for groups, rentals, and tours in your area or destination; or start your own group
  • Perhaps it’s now time to purchase gear and/or find a monthly/quarterly rental program. Participating in rental program from a SUP outfitter is a perfect way to try different boards as you grow in the sport and decide what best suits you
  • Before investing in a board invest in a good carbon paddle as a decent paddle is way less expensive than a board but will still improve your experience (unless you like heavy paddles)
  • Invest in a whistle, a dry bag, and a headlamp (handy in fog as well as night tours), cold weather gear if needed (I prefer paddling separates over a wetsuit)
  • Enjoy!

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