How To Use An Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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Leisure Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Your inflatable stand up paddle board is ready when you are. Whether you paddle for leisure or sport, stand up paddle boarding is a great workout. It’s fantastic for working the lower body and core as well as the upper body. It’s also a great way to support a cross-fit workout regimen. In this article, we share how to prepare your board and basic instructions for getting started with an inflatable stand up paddle board.

How to inflate a stand up paddle board

  • Remove your board from its protective case.
  • Roll out the board onto a smooth, flat surface.
  • Flip it from either side to ensure there is no debris or loose material.
  • When ready to inflate, place the board with the valve side up.
  • Unscrew the valve cap on the board.
  • Attach the manual or electric pump.
  • Inflate to manufacturer recommended PSI. Do not over inflate.
  • Once inflated, secure the fins and attach the leash.

How to stand up paddle board

Shark SUPS inflatable All Round Board

Example of an all-round board – good for many different water conditions.

Choosing the right board: There are some stand up paddle boards that can handle a lot of different water types such as an all-round board and there are other designs that are designed for specific water types such as the surf stand up paddle board for surfing, and the whitewater board for choppy water and big drops. If you are just beginning to stand up paddle board, it’s best to start with a flatter board and in calm waters. For more information about finding the right style and size board read, How To Choose An Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board.

Choosing the right paddle:  Selecting the right paddle is just as important as selecting the right board. The carbon fiber paddles are ideal because they are lighter and have increased stiffness for durability. If you are going to be paddling around in small waves, you will want a paddle that is 8 inches taller than you. If you will be paddling in flat waters, you will want a paddle that is 10 inches taller than you.

Getting out on the water: When you are getting ready to get out on the water for the first time, choose a day where the waters are calm. There are typically three forms of paddling: Prone which is laying flat, knees which is paddling while on your knees, and standing up.

There are typically three forms of paddling: Prone which is laying flat, knees which is paddling while on your knees, and standing up. You are likely to use all three while out on the water.

Begin by securing the board leash around your ankle. Take the board into the water and get on the board while on your knees with the paddle perpendicular to the board. When you are in the water, look for your sweet spot on the board. If you are too far forward, the nose of the board will go under water. The same will happen if you are too far on the back of the board. Find the ideal spot while on your knees and use the paddle to stabilize yourself to stand up one leg at a time. Once you are balanced and ready to start paddling, put your bottom hand around the middle of the paddle and the top around the very end of the paddle. This will allow for maximum stability.

Getting back on the board: When you are paddling, you might want to jump off and enjoy a swim or snorkel for a while. Getting back on the board isn’t as easy as you might think. It is easiest to start at the back of the board. Put the paddle close to the board so you can grab it once you are back on the board. Put the board in front of you with the tail against your abdomen. Using both hands grab each side of the board, pull yourself onto the board while pushing the tail of the board under water. Repeat this until you are positioned on the board and can get up on your knees. Grab your paddle and place it perpendicular on the board and stand up.

The more you paddle the more comfortable you will become and the more enjoyable paddling will be. There is no time like the present!

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