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Don't Make a Splash: How to Paddle Board Like a Pro

By AK, 17 May

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So, you're interested in getting started with water sports! From surfing to water skiing, ocean activities to fun in freshwater, there is a wide variety to choose from.

However, there's nothing quite like the peaceful activity of paddleboarding. No roaring white water, no ten-foot waves, just you, your board, and the beautiful horizon.

Although the concept of paddleboarding is quite simple, as with any new hobby, it's beneficial if you have a decent idea of how to paddleboard before you get started.

By using this quick guide, you'll be able to embark on your paddle boarding adventures with confidence. Read on to learn more!

1Paddle Boarding Gear

One of the best things about paddleboarding is that you need very little gear to get started. The basics necessities are:

  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket (or PFD)
  • Safety whistle and light

That being said, there are a few extra things to keep in mind. First, you may want to consider a leash. This connects you to your board and will keep it close if you fall off (and you will when you're first starting out).

Next, you should always remember to wear sun protection when enjoying any outdoor activity. Keep sunscreen on you at all times and bring a hat, sunglasses, and a rash guard.

If you're planning to paddleboard for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to bring snacks and water with you as well. Take a look at the best hydration packs for paddleboarding, as they will allow you to have a water source without the need to carry bottles.

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2How to Paddle Board

There are three key techniques you need to master in order to paddleboard like a pro. They are standing up, balancing, and getting back on the board after you've fallen off.

3Standing Up

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To stand up on your paddleboard, start by standing in the water next to the board. Then, climb on and position yourself so that you're kneeling right behind the center.

Finally, bring your feet under you so that you're in a squat and slowly stand, raising your upper body before extending your legs.

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4Balancing

After you've achieved a standing position, you'll need to maintain your balance in order to stay on the board. Keep your feet parallel and centered, maintain good posture, and keep your gaze on the horizon and not on your feet.

5Getting Back On

Everyone falls every now and then, and if you're new to paddleboarding, you're going to fall a lot. Don't get discouraged when you do! Enjoy cooling off in the water for a moment, then hop back on your board.

The main thing to keep in mind when you fall is to hold onto your paddle. The last thing you want to have to do is chase it down with a paddleboard strapped to your ankle.

Getting back on the board is easy! Stand next to it just as you did when you began, grip the center handle and pull while kicking your legs to build momentum.

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6Have Fun Paddle Boarding

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The most important thing to do while paddleboarding is to have fun! While you're learning how to paddleboard, you're going to fall, you might even get frustrated, and that's okay!

Shake it off, get back on the board, and remind yourself that you'll get better with practice. Paddleboarding is a blast, don't let inexperience stop you from having a good time.

Looking for more tips on beginning a new outdoor hobby? Be sure to check out our blog!

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