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How To Stand Up Paddle Board

by Ayodha Ushani about a year ago in how to

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How To Stand Up Paddle Board
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Stand up paddleboarding has become a popular sport. It is an excellent workout and a fun activity you can enjoy with another person. You can do this on oceans, lakes, rivers and bays, and it is a great way to explore the beauty of the earth.

1. Stand up paddleboarding destinations

There's a list of paddleboard destinations in the world. Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, Slovenia, British Colombia in Canada, Portugal and the Maldives are known for paddleboarding. These destinations feature lots of resorts and hotels that cater to the activity; this is evident from the number of Maldives island resorts that advertise paddleboarding on their websites. When it comes to paddleboarding, choosing the right accommodation is essential. With the availability of places like Grand Park Kodhipparu, this poses no challenges.

2. Types of SUPs

You get stand-up paddleboards in various forms, but there are two main types of SUPs. The most common one is the hard paddleboard with fibre wrapped around its core. It usually has two fins that help the paddleboard maintain the balance in the water. The second most common type of paddleboard is the inflatable paddleboard. These have become extremely popular, and you can choose one depending on your needs.

3. Other types

The fishing paddleboard is used for fishing. The deck is wider than your usual paddleboard, and it has enough space for your fishing gear. There's also one called Yoga SUPs; these are perfect for those who love yoga. Touring paddleboards and surf paddleboards are two other popular paddleboard types.

4. Paddleboard equipment

After choosing the type of paddleboard you want, you should focus on getting your paddleboard gear. Your paddleboard gear should include a board bag, a personal floatation device and a leash.

5. SUP leash

In terms of safety, this is the most important part of the paddleboard equipment. The leash keeps you attached to the paddleboard. The expert advice is to use a leash that's the same size as your board. The use of a leash is crucial, and without a leash, your board becomes vulnerable to conditions of the water. Should you fall over, the water current will sweep the board away from you, and a drifting paddleboard is a risk to other paddleboarders.

6. Board bags

Having a board bag is going to make it easier to carry the paddleboard. It also prolongs the life of the paddleboard. You usually get a board bag with inflatable paddleboards.

7. Paddleboard life vest

Whatever it is that you want to do, you should put your safety first. Having a life vest is important in case you fall off the paddle and get stranded in the water. This is not a likely scenario, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

8. Choosing the SUP paddle

The type of SUP paddle you should choose depends on a variety of factors. Your height, the type of paddling you are planning to do, the length of your arm and height of the paddleboard should be taken into account when choosing a paddle.

9. How to stand up on the board

The paddleboard should have a width of 30 inches at the very least, and it should be about 11 feet long. When you stand up on the board, you should feel comfortable. If you feel unstable, go for a wider board. Start by kneeling on the board and gradually standing up. Your knees should be slightly bent to support your core. The first time isn't going to be a great experience, but don't be disappointed, keep trying, and you'll become an expert paddler in no time.

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