Beginners Guide To Getting Started Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you have ever surfed, then you will have a bit of an advantage when it comes to getting out on a SUP in the water. This is because it is really all about balance. If you have a strong core from doing yoga or similar exercises, then you will be able to quickly master using a SUP. If not, it still won’t take you too long to get the hang of it. Plus, you can paddle on your knees or sitting until you are comfortable standing.
But first, let’s look at all of the gear that you might need before you hit the water for the very first time with your stand up paddle board.
The most important thing that you will need is a SUP paddle. You cannot substitute a kayak or canoe paddle as they are made differently. You’ll want to get one that is about 8 to 10 inches longer than you are for the best results. When shopping for one, pay attention to the specs as some float and other do not. Important to keep in mind when in deep water as you don’t want your paddle sinking to the bottom.
Though it might not look cool, wearing a personal flotation device is just a good safety step. Sure, you don’t see all those paddlers off the California coast wearing a SUP life jacket, but from a safety perspective – don’t you want to be covered in case the worst happens?
If you’re doing flat water paddling, then this might not be of use to you, but a leash is necessary for many paddlers. With a SUP leash, you do not have to worry about your board getting away from you if you happen to take a tumble into the water. Especially important for those surfing with their paddle board.
Other items that you may want to buy but do not necessarily need include a traction pad (if your board doesn’t have one), a seat (if you need one for your board), a carry bag or a roof rack, a storage shelf, sun protection clothing and cold water booties.