Spring is almost here, which means longer days and warmer weather. With the temperature rising, now would be the time to learn a new skill in the water. Why not try stand-up paddleboarding?
Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular water sport that can be enjoyed in any waterway, from the Gulf to the back bays to the river. This sport was introduced about a decade ago and is becoming more popular each year. Similar to surfing, except that you don’t need waves, paddleboarding relies on good balance and core strength. If you’re interested in trying this out on your next trip to the beach, here are a few beginner tips to get you started:
Choose the right gear
For a beginner, the best type of board is wide and long. The bigger the board, the easier it is to stand up for the first time and find your balance. We have plenty of beginner boards available for use at Sundial!
Learn the correct paddling technique
Paddling incorrectly is one of the first mistakes beginners make when paddle boarding. Instinctively, you will hold the paddle in a way so that the bent part of the blade is facing you, so you can scoop yourself forward. This is actually incorrect, as it can cause splashing and loss of balance. It’s best to turn the paddle over so the bent part of the blade is facing away from you.
Engage your core
Engaging your core will help you maintain your balance and take some of the paddling burden off of your arms and allow you to paddle longer.
Keep your head up
Resist the urge to look down! Keep your head up and eyes out and not only will you have an easier time maintaining your balance, but you’ll also get to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Fall away from the board
It is inevitable that you are going to fall, but don’t worry, it happens to even the most advanced paddleboarder. It is important, however, to try and fall sideways off the board and not forward onto the board. Trust us, it feels a lot better going splat on the water than on the board!
Now that you have learned a few tips, try paddleboarding on your next visit to Sundial! The calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are the perfect place to pick up this new skill.
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