How To Paddle Board For Beginners: Everything You Need To Know To Take On The Water

For anyone who loves the water, learning how to paddleboard can be a rewarding experience that offers beginners both a challenge and hours of fun.

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an exhilarating experience that you can enjoy on lakes, oceans, rivers, bays.

Best of all:

One of the things people love about the sport is that it lets you choose your own comfort level and pace.

You can race competitively against a friend or take your dog for a ride down the river.

With paddle boarding, the choice is all yours.

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What’s SUP?

“God, it must have been incredible,” said one of the newly devoted with a wistful shake of the head. “To have been a standup paddler back in the day.”

Fun facts:

“SUP could follow surfing and appear in the Olympics” — Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Unlike some of the crystal clear waters that many paddle boarders love to board in, the origins of the sport are somewhat murky.

Some think it started centuries ago somewhere in the Pacific or Mediterranean.

Many believe the sport became popular on a sunny day in 2001 after Laird Hamilton got his first SUP blade (board) from legendary Hawaiian paddle-maker Malama Chun.

Laird was said to have been just goofing around one day on his tandem boards during the mega wave off-season when he unexpectedly sparked a sensation.

Soon after, legendary surfers like Gerry Lopez, Bill Hamilton, and Ron house were shaping their boards at Hamilton’s behest and calling them “standups.”

While the theories behind the real origins of paddle boarding are interesting, that may be a rabbit hole worth exploring for another day.

For now, let’s go with this:

SUP, known in Hawaii as Hoe he’e Nalu, is a form of surfing that uses a surf-style board and a long paddle.

aloha formed on the sand using shells and flowers

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It’s best described as a cross between surfing and kayaking.

SUP fundamentally involves standing on a surfboard and using a paddle to propel yourself through the water.

The boards are designed wider, longer, and more buoyant than traditional surfboards, which makes it easier to balance on them comfortably.

The activity has evolved beyond a sport practiced in wavy oceans to include other types of water such as flat water on lakes and running rivers.

Best of all:

SUP is a sport that people of all shapes, sizes, and ages can practice and master.

Types Of Paddleboards

iSUP

isup paddleboard

 Image by Peak Paddle Boards via Amazon

Touring

touring paddleboard

 Image by Surftech via Amazon

All Around

all around paddle board

 Image by WEII via Amazon

Yoga

yoga paddleboard

Racing

racing paddlboard

 Image by Zray via Amazon

Paddleboards have many different models, which can come in two varieties, inflatable and solid.

Inflatable Boards (iSUP)

Inflatable boards that you inflate with a pump.

These boards are also referred to as iSUPs.

These boards have become increasingly popular and have some advantages and disadvantages over solid SUP boards

Pros

  • Portability: Easier to pack up and take with you, no racks needed
  • Durability: The best inflatables are made from military grade PVC, nearly impossible to puncture and do not chip, dent, or crack
  • Storage: Much, much easier to store than solid boards
  • More forgiving: Falling on a solid board can hurt, inflatables, not so much

Cons

  • Setup: If you have an electric pump it takes up to three minutes, longer with a hand pump that can tire your arms
  • Breakdown: You have to wait for it to deflate before storing it for travel completely
  • Speed: These boards are typically thicker and less rigid, which makes them slower than solid paddle boards
  • Surfing: No getting around it, solid boards handle difficult carve turns better than inflatables hands down

Fun facts:

“The greatest distance by SUP on flowing water in 24 hours by a female is a little over 105 miles.” — Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Solid Boards

These are the more standard SUP boards available.

Over the years the materials used to make solid boards have made them lighter and more rigid.

Today, they are typically manufactured using a combination of epoxy and fiberglass.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using solid boards.

Pros

  • Setup: No inflation needed; just take your board and go for it!
  • Breakdown: No deflation required either
  • Speed: These boards blow inflatables out of the water when it comes to speed
  • Surfing: For carving waves, you can’t beat the performance of a solid SUP board

Cons

  • Storage: These boards can take up a lot of space in your home or garage
  • Transport: Unless you live on the water, you’ll need a rack to transport these boards back and forth
  • Weight: While these boards don’t weigh a ton, they are much heavier than inflatable boards and can cause back or shoulder problems
  • Durability: These boards can scratch, crack, chip, and dent, unlike inflatable boards

Board Models

Surf

These particular SUP boards are usually shorter and have a narrower nose and tail. They also have more of a rocker (curve) than flat water, race, and allround boards. These boards are perfect for spending time in the surf.

Here’s why:

The narrow shape makes them much more maneuverable on a wave. However, the tradeoff is that they don’t track in a straight line on flat water, they’re slower and less stable.

Allround

These SUP boards are typically wider, thicker, and longer than surf models. Allrounds are versatile, multi-purpose boards that are great for those learning how to paddle board, allowing them to explore all aspects of the sport on a single board. The wideness of these boards makes them very stable.

And that’s not all:

They also have decent tracking and glide for open ocean touring or flatwater paddling. They also have enough sidecut and rocker for fairly decent surf performance.

Some allround boards also have a windsurf option.

Flatwater (Touring)

These SUP boards are optimized for flatwater and open ocean paddling. They’re also excellent for “downwinders,” which entails going from point A to B with the wind at your back.

Here’s the difference:

Touring boards are typically longer than allrounds, and will often have a pointed nose area to increase glide, help the board stay straight, and slice through the water more smoothly. The sides are typically rounded for better glide and speed.

Most touring boards are wide and stable enough for beginners.

Racing

Race SUP boards are a variation of flatwater boards. The main difference between race and flatwater boards is that race boards are more narrow than flatwater, which allows for more speed.

But here’s the rub:

The narrowness of race boards makes them very challenging for anyone just learning how to paddle board.

Yoga

people doing yoga on a board

  People doing yoga on a board – Image via Pixabay

That’s right.

Yoga’s even invading the water.

These boards are a variation of allround boards with modifications to the deckpad and are designed with special accessory attachments for Yoga.

How To Find The Right Paddle Board

For those who want to learn how to paddle board, choosing between the different types and models of SUP boards may seem like a daunting challenge.

However, it can be pretty straightforward with a better understanding of board designs and features.

In fact:

Here are some factors to look at when deciding on your first SUP board.

Paddleboard length

Paddleboards can range in length from around 8 feet all the way to 15 feet or even more.

< 9 Feet

9 to 12 Feet

> 12 Feet

These boards are much easier to maneuver and steer. If surfing is your thing, then short is definitely the way to go.

Just keep in mind:

Shorter boards are harder to keep in a straight line and offer less speed than longer boards.

This is the average size range for many SUP boards.

For those learning to paddleboard, these are probably the best length ranges to learn on.

While these don’t offer the same speed as a touring board or maneuver like a shorter board, they do strike a decent balance.

Boards at these lengths are designed for touring and racing.

Therefore:

Maneuverability isn’t as critical as tracking and speed.

That makes these longer boards much faster but harder to steer.

These boards are not highly recommended for those learning how to paddleboard.

Fun facts:

“The largest parade of stand up paddleboards took place in Russia on the 10th of September 2017, with a total of 844, and was achieved by members of the Vladivostok SUP community.” — Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Thickness

This factor is more critical for inflatable SUPs, as they come either four or six inches thick.

The six-inch variety is more common because they’re generally more rigid and have less flex than the four-inch models.

The biggest downside of the six-inch models is the higher center of gravity.

That said:

This disadvantage is offset by the board’s extra rigidity.

As for solid SUP boards, they are generally between four and five inches thick.

They don’t need to be as thick due to materials used in their construction.

Solid boards often have a solid EPS foam core along with up to three stringers.

Stringers are thin materials that run down the length of the board. They’re used to stiffen the board and reduce flex.

paddleboard cartoon

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Width

The width of the board determines how stable it is.

It’s just that simple, folks.

For example:

Narrow boards that are 30 inches or less will be faster because they cut through the water easier.

But, these boards sacrifice a lot of stability

Boards that are 31 inches or more wide will be more stable making it easier for people learning how to paddle board to keep their balance.

Simply stated:

Wider is better for beginners.

paddle board

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Nose rocker

Not to be confused with a large-nosed British punk band, nose rocker on a paddleboard refers to the shape of the front of the board.

The rocker reflects how angled up the nose of the board is.

This feature makes a big difference when you’re paddling in rougher water or surfing.

A SUP with a lower rocker will tend to submerge or dive underwater when it hits a wave, which is why larger rockers are better for surfing.

Small rockers are better in flat water.

Hull

The hull is the actual shape of the board’s nose.

Paddleboards have two basic types of hull designs.

Planing hull

This is the most common type found on SUP boards, especially beginner boards.

This type of hull will have more of a rounded type nose and tends to be more stable and less “tippy.”

That means:

It’s an excellent option for those learning how to paddle board on flat waters or small waves.

Displacement hull

These are the types of hulls more commonly found on kayaks.

Their noses are more pointed and have a distinctive “V” shape.

This hull is ideal for touring and racing SUP boards.

On the other hand:

These are not the best hulls to start on for those learning how to paddleboard.

Fun facts:

In 2014, Laird Hamilton made history by riding his SUP board off the coast of Southern California during Hurricane Maria. He took on waves three times taller than he was. — Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Fins are located at the bottom of the SUP board.

They aid in tracking or the ability to keep the SUP board in a straight line.

As a rule of thumb:

The longer the fins, the easier it is to keep the board straight.

That said:

The tradeoff is that a longer fin makes it more difficult to turn your board.

Many boards also offer different numbers and configurations of fins.

Here are the different varieties of fin combinations you can choose from. 

Single center fin: This common configuration has one larger fin in the center of the board, suitable for flat water paddling.
Two plus one setup: Offers good compromise between tracking and maneuverability, it consists of one larger center fin and two smaller fins on each side
Three fin setup: Has three large fins about the same size which are excellent for tracking or flatwater or carving strong turns while surfing.

Most iSUP fins have the two plus one setup.

The main difference between solid boards and inflatable boards with this setup is that the center fin on iSUP boards are easily removable.

Additional Equipment And Safety Best Practices

There are a few essential things you need to have before you start charging the water with your new SUP board.

Here is a list of a few must-have paddleboard accessories.

Paddle

Without this vital accessory, you’re basically just surfing.

Or, if you’re in flat water, you’d be standing in on the water looking a bit ridiculous.

Not to fear:

Many beginner boards do come with an adjustable paddle.

But, as you can imagine these are not going to be the best paddles.

As you gain experience, you’ll want to upgrade to a lighter all carbon fiber paddle.

These lighter paddles make paddling more comfortable and less fatiguing throughout the day.

PFD (life jacket)

This item is more important than even your paddle because it can save your life.

You should always wear a PDF on the water.

Here’s a fact:

In some areas, it’s required by law.

So, look for a PFD that’s light and doesn’t get in your way.

Weather or temperature appropriate clothing

Wear weather-appropriate clothing based on the weather and temperature of the water.

For example:

If the water’s cold, it’s smart to wear a warm, full-bodied wetsuit.

Fun facts:

“In 2007, the idea of flat-water SUP began, with paddling boards being designed specifically for flat-water SUP, and touring.” — Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Whistle

This should be attached to your PFD.

Remember Rose in Titanic?

via GIPHY

Yeah.

If you’re in a pinch and need some help, this can alert others in the area to your plight.

SUP leash

This is definitely something you want to have attached to both your ankle and board at all times.

Here’s why:

The leash will always ensure that your board is close by whether or not you’re on it.

A water bottle

bottles-water-steel-glass

Image via Pixabay

Hydration is very important when you’re engaged in any kind of physical activity.

Many people forget that just because they’re on the water that they still need clean drinking water to stay hydrated.

Ocean or river water is not suitable for drinking.

In fact:

Ocean water or any type of salt-water will only serve to dehydrate your body.

So bring some type of water bottle or personal hydration pack with you.

Reflective bag

This can help protect your board against sun damage.

Roof rack

Unless you have an inflatable paddle board or live on the beach, a roof rack is how you’ll want to transport your board to the water.

They can be easy to install and will keep your board safe during the trip to the beach.

Backpack

A backpack is a handy accessory to have if you’re using an inflatable board.

It especially comes in handy if you have to hike long distances to the beach or river.

Electric pump

When it comes to inflatable boards, you have two choices.

One choice makes for a great arm exercise but might burn them out before you make it to the water.

The other is an electric pump.

Some electric pumps are battery operated while others can attach to the accessory outlet in your vehicle.

Here’s a quick safety video which includes a few items accessories that you should take with you.

How To Paddle Board

Here are seven easy steps that will show you how to paddle board for the first time.

Fun facts:

SUP is a sport with many disciplines that include SUP racing, touring, rivers, yoga, and fishing.– Canoeandkayakdirect.com

Step 1: Getting started

To begin, make sure the waters are calm.

Otherwise, the waves can make it extremely difficult to get your balance.

Remember:

Comfort is key for first-timers.

Be sure to launch your SUP in a place where you can quickly get back to shore if need be.

Step 2: Adjust your paddle

man and woman adjusting the paddle

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

If you have an adjustable paddle (and you should have one as a beginner), then stand the paddle up next to you.

Putting your hand on the T-bar handle, adjust the paddle until your hand reaches above your head.

But be careful.

You don’t want to move it too far up.

As seen in the picture above, your arm should have a slight bend in it, not be completely straight.

Step 3: Ready to launch

After you’ve attached your leash and secured your PFD, you’re ready to launch.

When launching out into the water, start by walking your board as deep into the water as you can go before getting on.

The water should be somewhere just below waist level.

Next, carefully slide onto your board with your head facing the nose.

Step 4: Prone Paddling

man doing prone paddling

Image via Distressed Mullet on YouTube

To help you acclimate to your board, try prone paddling.

You can also use this technique to get a bit further away from shore into deeper water.

Here’s what to do:

Simply lie down on the board, laying the paddle vertically along with your board underneath you, so it doesn’t float away.

Next, with one arm on either side of your board, paddle as if you were swimming.

Here’s a video to help you as well.

Step 5: Get up, stand up, mon!

Now you’re ready to stand up.

First, make sure you’re positioned in the middle of your board.

This is very important for balance.

Next, get into the kneeling position.

Once again make sure you’re in the middle of the board.

Be warned: Do not try to stand up without doing this first; you’ll likely topple over. 

man teaching woman to use paddle

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

You can use your paddle as a balance tool, as shown in the picture above.

Next set one foot in front of you, then let the other follow, remember to take your time.

practicing how to paddle board

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

From there you will stand up very slowly.

Keep your knees slightly bent.

Even in the calmest waters, you’ll feel your board move a little under you.

Don’t freak out.

You may feel the urge to stiffen up and fight the flow of the water because you’ll likely lose and wind up in it.

Just keep your knees bent and practice using your legs like shocks on a car to absorb the energy.

The idea is to use your core to balance.

You can also use your paddle to help you balance, sort of like you’re performing a high wire act in the circus.

the right posture when standing on the paddleboard

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

Don’t be afraid to move your feet a little and wiggle your toes, it will make you feel a bit more comfortable.

Pretty soon you’ll be river-dancing on your SUP board like a master.

But in the meantime:

Just practice staying upright.

Fun facts:

“One of the most integral figures in SUP history has to be Rick Thomas. He introduced the sport to the West Coast and defined the spirit of today’s SUP community” –Yoloboard.com

Step 6: Foot placement

When it comes to foot placement, there are two main techniques you should practice as a beginner.

The first technique is the most basic. You simply stand with your feet about shoulder width apart or a little wider.

Both feet should be in a roughly even position.

This wide stance makes it easier to deal with balancing from side to side.

The only problem with this stance is that you’re off balance when it comes to adjusting to forward and backward pushing waves.

The other stance is a surfer stance. It involves placing one foot forward and the other slightly back.

Both feet are still about shoulder width apart or a bit wider.

Generally, you want the front foot pointing either forward or angled a bit to the outside.

The back foot can be set at a 45-degree angle to almost a 90-degree angle.

Here’s a helpful video on foot placement that illustrates both stances.

Step 7: A right and proper paddling

Once you’re comfortable with standing up, it’s time to practice paddling.

To start, make sure the paddle is facing the right direction.

This is very important.

The paddle should be turned to the front where it has a slight scoop, like a shovel.

Next, ensure that you’re gripping the paddle in the right position.

If you’re familiar with canoeing, then you’ll recognize this hand placement technique.

Grip the top of the T-bar handle, palm facing out.

The other hand should have an overgrip on the paddle, and be down far enough to whereas you have a slight bend in your elbow as shown below.

man teaching how to do stroking

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

Step 8: Stroking

You want to start out with five to seven strokes on one side, then switch hands and do the same number on the other side.

You may want first to practice switching hands so that you can nail down your hand placement.

Here’s the key to stroking:

One big mistake many people make is using their arm strength to paddle.

This is a great arm exercise, but also almost a surefire way to burn out your arms fast.

The best way to paddle is to use your core to help drive the paddle.

For example:

When placing the blade of the paddle in the water, drive it slightly in front of your foot. But not too far, or you’ll start bending and losing balance.

You’re pushing the paddle down into the water. Imagine having a shovel and your driving it down.

person doing paddle board

Image via Runtastic Fitness on YouTube

As you drive the paddle down your waist will naturally twist.

That’s all there is to it.

Also:

Don’t bother driving the paddle back past your feet; it’s just a waste of energy.

Once it moves close to your feet, pick it up and repeat.

Here’s a video illustrating the best paddling technique.

Step 9: Taking your turns

Now that you’ve mastered going straight, it’s time to practice turning.

For a basic turn, keeping your knees bent, you will peddle pushing forward as though you’re trying to go backward.

Don’t flip your paddle; keep it shovel side facing forward.

Also, you don’t need to use much force when pushing the paddle forward.

A gentle push from the tail to the nose of your board will turn you.

To turn left you’ll paddle on your right side, and to turn right, you’ll paddle on your left side.

Here’s a video illustrating the many different turning techniques. It’s a good idea to practice the most basic techniques that don’t involve a lot of movement first before moving on to advanced turning techniques.

Step 10: How to recover after falling off

When learning how to paddleboard, there’s no getting around falling off your board a few times.

But don’t feel too bad, even experts fall off every so often.

Just as with life, the most important thing isn’t ever falling off but how you recover afterward.

Here are two recovery techniques you can practice.

Side recovery technique

  1. To begin, first, recover your paddle (if possible).
  2. Next, situate yourself in the middle of your board and place the paddle in the center.
  3. Then, if you’re board has a handle, you’ll grab it, pulling the board slightly toward you.
  4. To climb onto the board, you’ll need to kick your feet and pull slightly; this should get your upper body onto the board.
  5. A variation of this technique is to reach across and grab the other side of the board while pulling and kicking your feet.

Back recovery technique

  1. First, start by situating yourself at the tail end of your board.
  2. You’ll then place your paddle in the middle of your board.
  3. Next, with both hands gripping either side of your board, you will dip the tail slightly until it’s under your chest.
  4. Your paddle may slide a bit, but you will be able to keep it from falling off as you climb.
  5. From here, using your arms, you’ll slowly inch your way up, while keeping the board between your legs.
  6. Once you’re in the middle, you’ll be able to recover to a standing or kneeling position.

In rough waters, you may want to paddle in a kneeling position for a bit until you’re feeling more comfortable. 

Here’s a video illustrating both techniques.

Putting it all together

For the visual learners in the crowd:

How To Paddle Board: Tips And Tricks

Here are five tips and tricks for beginners learning how to paddleboard.

Fun facts:

“Did you know surf school, car wrecks, and cigarettes all contributed to the early days of SUP surfing in Hawaii?” — Yoloboard.com

tip number one

Image by surang via Flaticon.com

Tip #1: Keep your head up

As a beginner, you’ll be tempted to keep your head down looking at your paddle.

However, this is a big no-no.

Instead, you want to practice looking ahead.

It’s sort of like typing, if you look down at the keys, you’ll make more mistakes.

Since balance is the primary goal, looking down can easily through you off balance.

tip number two

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Tip #2: Keep good posture

Maintaining good posture will save you a lot of unwanted wet trips to the water.

Good posture means keeping those knees slightly bent.

You also don’t want to hunch over or lean in one direction or another.

Stand upright with a slight bend in both knees.

tip number three

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Tip #3: Move your feet and wiggle those piggies

Many beginners make the basic mistake of trying to grab the board with their toes.

This can lead to a lot of leg and foot cramps after a while.

It’s important to move your feet and wiggle those toes a bit to keep good circulation going in your legs and feet.

Here’s a short video showing you how it’s done.

tip number four

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Tip #4: Check the wind, my friend

When you’re learning how to paddleboard, it’s important that the area where you want to paddle board has calm winds.

Calm winds are ideal for your first hours on your board.

There’s a good reason for this:

If you’re launching your board from a beach, you can quickly be swept down the beach if the wind is too strong.

Your body would act like a sail, propelling you down the beach, or worse out further into the ocean.

And you don’t want that.

Knowing the direction of the wind can give you an idea of which direction you need to go in, so you’re not fighting both the water and the wind.

tip number 5

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Tip #5: Make sure you’re facing the right direction on your SUP board

One common mistake a lot of beginners make is facing the wrong direction on their boards.

This can be an easy mistake to make, especially if on many allround boards or boards that are more oval shaped.

One easy way to tell is to look at the bottom of the board.

Your fins should be located more toward the back of the board.

Once you’ve established where your fins are you’ll know which way is which.

Many beginners who find their boards are too “twitchy” are often guilty of this mistake.

How To Care For Your Paddle Board

Fun facts:

“Did you know there was a type of SUP used in Israel over 800 years ago? And it’s still in use today!” — Yoloboard.com

Maintaining your paddle board will allow you to get the maximum benefit out of your investment.

During the course of its lifetime, your paddleboard will suffer damage from the elements.

Sunlight

Water

Sun damage

Sunlight can do a real number on solid boards made out of epoxy fiberglass with beaded foam cores.

You see:

These foam cores hold air and gas, and prolonged exposure to sunlight can raise the core temperatures to very high levels.

This can cause the rapid expansion of gas and air, thereby putting extra pressure on the fiberglass epoxy skin causing it to peel away from the foam core.

This process is also known as delamination. 

Here are a few tips to avoid heat damage to your SUP board:

  • Never store or transport your board outdoors in the bubble wrap included with your shipment, this will cook your board
  • When not in use, never allow your board to stay exposed to sunlight for long periods
  • Always try to store your board in a shady area when possible.
  • When not in use, never allow your deck pad to be exposed to direct sunlight
  • If you must leave your board exposed to sunlight, use a reflective bag
  • Board bags are not long-term solutions for storing boards in the sun, use for only short periods

Vent plugs

You can install vent plugs help relieve built up pressure within the foam core caused by extreme changes in elevation and temperature.

These plugs allow air to escape freely from the core through a built-in watertight GORE-TEX seal.

In other words:

Air may pass out, but water can not enter the plug.

These plugs can keep your board safer from determination and water damage.

Tips concerning vent plugs

  • A vent plug is maintenance-free once it’s installed tightly it never needs adjusting
  • Check your vent plug from time to time to see if it is secure and clear of sand or debris that could block the vent

Physical and water damage for epoxy boards

Since solid boards have a foam core enclosed by a fiberglass epoxy shell, they can experience outside forces that can cause physical damage.

These forms of damage can include pressure dents, water damage, dings, and cracks.

Pressure dents

These are small, concave indentations that appear on the outer skin.

They can be caused by knees, elbows, or any items exerting a lot of pressure over a small area.

Other than a small dimple, these dents pose no real harm to your board.

Cracks and dings

This type of damage is usually caused by extreme blunt force and can leave your board’s foam core exposed to the elements.

We highly recommend that you repair such damage immediately and have your board sealed watertight when you notice this type of damage.

Failure to address this issue weakens the overall structure of your board and can ruin your core.

Fun facts:

“Did you know people were SUP boarding in Peru 3,000 years ago?”~Yoloboard.com

Water damage

Unrepaired cracks and dings will allow water to leak into your core, slowly adding weight to the board.

These conditions can also cause discoloration when combined with prolonged sun exposure.

You can also buy epoxy repair kits online.

However, we recommend that you take your board to a specialist for repair.

However, if you must do it yourself be sure to use a fiberglass epoxy ding repair kit.

Inflatable board damage

Like we said:

Your inflatable paddleboard is made up of military grade PVC which can withstand most abuse.

However, contact with really sharp objects such as rocks, glass, or edges can still puncture the outer skin.

If this happens, take your board to a professional repair shop.

Transportation

There are many types of racking systems available for transporting solid SUP board by vehicle.

Isle Surf and SUP soft straps are the most highly recommended brands, but if you choose another be sure to read all instructions carefully during assembly.

To avoid board damage during transport, follow these tips:

  • Pads are highly recommended to prevent damage to your board and vehicle
  • Only use straps that are approved specifically for board transportation
  • Always place the board face up on the racks, the fin should face towards the front of the vehicle
  • Never over tighten the straps, this can damage your board
  • Make sure you give enough space between the front and back racks
  • Watch your speed; you can end up losing your board or worse wrecking your vehicle due to wind shear

Fins and fin box

All boards have a set of standard removable fins that fit on your board via the fin box.

This box or boxes should accept your fins and any standard aftermarket fin.

You always want to ensure that your fin box is free of sand and debris.

Never over-tighten your screws when installing your fins.

There may be some cases where your board fins feel like they fit too tightly in the box.

Don’t sweat it:

Your fin box will gradually widen over time.

If it doesn’t, then you can use sandpaper to remove any extra resin from your fin or the box interior allowing for a better fit.

Follow all instructions included with your board for installing your fins carefully.

Here’s a video to give you an idea of how most fin boxes should install onto your board.

4 BENEFITS 

of Learning How to Paddleboard

 Aerobic Fitness

aerobics fitness

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 Aerobic Fitness

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Core Muscle Endurance

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Improved Quality of Life

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How Learning How To Paddle 

Board Can Better Your Life

Paddleboarding can be a peaceful and enriching life experience that’s fun for individuals, a group of friends, or entire families.

Once you’ve learned how to paddleboard you will feel better and develop an even deeper love for the water.

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Best of all:

SUP boarding can be great heart-pumping exercise or serene, peaceful meditation; it’s all up to you.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this information on how to paddleboard.

Please remember to practice water safety and have fun!

Do you have any experience paddleboarding? How about kayaking or surfing? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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