10 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I STARTED!
1. Just how addictive it is.
2. Take a lesson – it will save you hours of frustration!
3. Just how good it makes you feel and how good it is for your body
4. Just how much the wife and kids loved it
5. Shorter isn’t better. Length equals glide and speed
6. Wider isn’t necessarily more stable. Board design plays the biggest part in stability
7. Save money – spend a bit more.
8. Seek good advice. The best advice comes form those with a vested interest in you making the right decision. Check out your local store and the brands they stock. It is a sure indicator of there commitment to the you and the sport.
9. Don’t skimp on your first paddle. It is easy to focus on the board and forget the most important tool of all – the paddle
10. Heat can destroy SUP gear.
- NEVER go out in off-shore winds!
- ALWAYS start your paddle going into the wind
- Always take a lesson before heading out into the Ocean
- ALWAYS wear a leg rope (the board can get away from you VERY quickly)
- Flat water paddling is EASIER than it looks
- SUP surfing is HARDER than it looks
- Always let someone now where you are going and when you expect to return
- Be aware if carrying your board on your shoulders – it can easily get blown out of your hands
Get advice on paddle length and board size – it will make a world of difference to your enjoyment of the sport!
Keep the top arm straight. Once you start bending your upper arm you will use too much power and paddle inefficiently. Apply longer more powerful strokes when gliding along and shorter higher frequency strokes to catch waves.
When paddling in a straight line it is best to stand 90 degrees to the board – once you catch a glide or a wave, change into surfing position – one foot forward. The ‘surf’ or offset stance is less stable so practice paddling with feet ‘offset’. The narrower the board is, the harder it is to keep balance. Boards around 28 to 30 inches offer enough stability for most people.