Stand up paddleboarding is a fun way to enjoy the water, even for those who have never participated in water sports before. It’s a great workout for your core, but it can also be relaxing to paddle along in the water while taking in the sights around you. If you’re nervous about getting started, here are a few tips to help you.
How to Successfully Perform Stand Up Paddleboarding
1. Kneel on the Board
After finding a spot on the water that makes you feel comfortable, climb onto the board on your hands and knees. Make sure your knees are placed in the middle of the board, about 10 inches apart. This will keep it from tipping to one side or the other.
2. Get Moving
Make sure the teardrop-shaped blade is facing away from you on the paddle toward the edge of the board. Your left hand should clutch the T-grip, and your right hand should hold the paddle shaft. Begin paddling slowly at your comfort level. A moving board is more stable than a still board, so you’ll be able to stand up more easily if you’re moving.
3. Stand up Slowly
Place your paddle flat and horizontally across the board, while still keeping your hands on it near the edges of the board. Slowly bring one foot up to place flat on the board. You should be on one knee. Then, place your other foot and stand up slowly, raising your torso and then straightening your legs until you’re fully upright.
4. Try to Relax
Keeping your knees gently flexed will offer stability and flexibility when the board encounters little waves. If you’re nervous, take a few deep breaths to relax your body. Let your core do the work of keeping you balanced.
5. Look Forward
Keep your eyes forward, your toes pointed forward, and your feet a little wider than shoulder-width. Watch your position on the board to ensure you stay centered.
Tsue’s Farm in Haleiwa, HI, is a destination for adventure-seekers and relaxed vacationers alike. The recreation destination offers paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing. Shave ice, authentic Hawaiian shrimp, and stunning landscapes appeal to those who want to take in the natural beauty of Hawaii and enjoy a riverside lunch. To see a list of activities, visit their website. To make a reservation, call (808) 744-5428.