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How to Use a Stand Up Paddle Board

Dawn Raymond

Stand up Paddle Boarding (commonly known as SUPing) is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.  Surprisingly easy to master, it is a sport that everyone can enjoy! We have recently launched our very own range of paddle boards for the whole family, but why is paddling so popular, and what are the benefits?

The Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Paddling produces a low impact full body workout without putting undue stress on joints and ligaments. 

It is a fun way to improve balance, core strength and endurance as well as enhancing joint stability.

Because it takes place in calm waters in an outdoor setting, SUP is a very relaxing hobby.  Paddle boarders find it an ideal way of letting go of the worries of modern life, by getting in touch with nature and completely de-stressing.

It is great fun!

iSUP board sizes vary, ranging from child to adult, right through to family sized board, which accommodates up to 2 adults and 1 child. There is a board for everybody, and for every ability.

How to Use the Paddle Board

With a little practice, paddle boarding can be mastered by almost anybody. Here is a run-down of the basic techniques.

Position: Assume a comfortable standing position with your feet placed roughly shoulder width apart.  Knees should be slightly bent in a relaxed upright stance, shoulders back, looking straight ahead.

Paddle Grip: place your top hand on the end of the handle and your bottom hand approximately 61cm (24”) down the shaft of the paddle.  Paddle in a comfortable forward motion, with arms slightly bent.

Steering: to turn left concentrate paddling on the right-hand side of the board.  To turn right concentrate paddling on the left-hand side of the board.

Paddle the way that suits you: paddling can be done standing up, or while lying or kneeling on the board, with the participant propelling themselves by using swimming motions with their arms. Give this technique a try while you gain confidence on the board.

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