5 Stand Up Paddle Surfing Tips
Stand up paddle surfing is not as difficult as one would imagine, however, do not expect to just hop up on a board and work it like a pro—below you will find 5 stand up paddle surfing tips that will help beginners get the hang of it rather quickly.
- Balance yourself out in the middle of the board. This will keep the board from wobbling, allowing you to better balance yourself for when sudden waves begin to roll in. It is also best to stand up paddle surf when the water is calm. Choppy water will just make it difficult for you, especially if you are new at it.
- Get on the board off of a dock if possible. It is much easier to stand up on a paddle surfboard and grab your paddle from a dock, then it would be attempting to get up from land/water.
- Make sure you are wearing a life jacket, or some form of flotation besides the board itself. Even the best surfers have a hard time fighting off strong currents, especially if they are to loose their board.
- Have a buddy system. Never go off stand up paddle surfing alone. If something is to happen, it is comforting knowing you have someone there who will be able to help you if need be.
- Look at the current patterns in the water. It is easier to ride with the current, and not against it. You can ride the current so far, and then ride it back when the currents change, or if there is a current pulling back in another direction further out at sea, so always observe before just jumping in.