Discover Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding | An Exhilarating Way to Stay Fit Stand Up Paddleboarding | An Exhilarating Way to Stay Fit

Standup paddleboarding is an exhilarating way to improve your cardio capacity, balance, and core strength.

Discover Stand Up Paddleboarding

For many people, real breakthroughs in health and fitness come when they discover new, fun, and exciting ways to stay active.  Stand up paddleboarding is one of those activities!

Enjoy Outdoors & Stay Fit

Stand Up Paddleboarding (or SUP), is an exhilarating way to improve your cardio capacity, balance, and core strength, and tone new muscle groups.  All while enjoying the beautiful scenery around lakes, rivers, even oceans.  SUP is easy to learn and is a great way to spend a day of fitness and fun with family and friends.

What Equipment do I Need?

Paddleboard - Similar to a surf board, paddleboards vary in length between 9 feet and 12 feet and are commonly classified as All Rounders, Racing/Touring, and Surf Style.  The All Rounder is thicker and wider than other types, and is great for beginners and intermediate boarders.  The Racing/Touring type is narrow, pointed, and is faster and smoother in choppy water.  The Surf Style board is best for more advanced paddleboarders and is more maneuverable.  Generally speaking, longer and wider boards are best for beginners.  Paddleboards can be rented or purchased for $600 to $2100.

Personal Flotation Defice - The US Coast Guard now considers SUPs as vessels, so personal flotation devices are required, and wise.

Paddle - Stand up paddles are designed with an angle or “elbow” in the shaft to maximize efficiency. It is recommended that you choose a paddle that is 6" to 10" taller than you.

Clothing - During warm weather, typical water wear such as a bathing suit is sufficient.  During colder conditions wear a wetsuit or dry suit to prevent hypothermia.

Where Can I Paddleboard?

Stand Up Paddleboarding can be done on almost any body of water.  For beginners it is best to start out on flat, calm water that is free of obstacles.  With the growing popularity of the sport, there are increasing numbers of shops that provide equipment and instruction.

What Should I Expect on My First Outing?

It is best for beginners to start out in a kneeling position on the board.  Place your paddle across the board. Hold on to the edge of the board with one hand also holding the paddle grip.  Mount the board in a kneeling position just behind the center. Then just get a feel for the balance of the board. The nose shouldn't pitch up and the tail shouldn't dig in to the water.

Once you have a feel for the board, stand up one foot at a time, placing your feet where your knees were. Keep your feet parallel and about hip-width apart with your toes pointed forward and centered between the edges of the board.  Bend your knees slightly and keep your back straight. Keep your head upright, gazing at the horizon (not your feet), and balance with your hips.

To begin paddling on the right side, place your right hand on the paddle shaft and your left hand on top of the shaft grip with the angle of the paddle away from you.  Keep your arms straight and begin paddling by rotating your torso.  Push down on the paddle shaft with your left hand, planting the paddle completely under the surface.  Then bring the paddle back to your ankles and then out of the water to complete the stroke. To travel in a straight line, 3 - 5 strokes on each side is usually sufficient.

To turn, simply continue paddling on one side, backpaddle on one side, or make a long sweeping stroke from the front of the board to the back.

"When" you fall, try to fall toward the side rather than forward or backward toward the board.  This will help prevent injury.

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay is an airline pilot living in the Midwest with his wife and three children. As an avid runner and cyclist he has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and cycling "century" rides, and serves as the race director for the Run for the Ridge 5K. His favorite activities are those he shares with his family. Visit Brian on Google+