When you get your board, the fin setup will be one of two ways – a single center fin or three fins where you have the standard center fin and two side bites. Single fins track well in the water and is the most common setup on beginner stand up paddle boards. The other setup is optimal for surfing.
Mounting your board might seem like a bit of a challenge, but it is actually easier than it seems. From the shore, you can place the board in shallow water, grip the sides and get onto the SUP on your knees. Once you feel stable enough to attempt standing up, you can do so. Don’t worry about taking a header into the water as it is inevitable and not as big of a deal as it seems. Once out in the water, when you fall off the board you need to mount it from the side. If you try from the front or the back, you will discover that it will not work and you’ll end up flipping the board. Oopsie ??
Now that you know how to get on the board, check out the video below to learn the basic paddle boarding techniques. An important thing to remember is that you need to hold your paddle so that the blade slopes away from you, keep your feet parallel to each up but not too close to the sides and stand up with your knees slightly bent
When you need to make a turn in the water, the best way to maneuver with the paddle is to keep your strokes quick and short. This will help you get where you need to be in the water.