How To Standup Paddle Surf
Learning to standup paddle surf is not very difficult. In fact, learning to standup paddle surf is easier than learning how to wave surf. This is because you do not need any waves, even a pool can be used for learning. Paddle surfing was the original way to surf and this traditional surfing style is coming back. Be part of the new surfing revolution by learning how to standup paddle surf.
To learn how to standup paddle surf, you will need:
- A standup paddle surfboard. (it is different from a regular surfboard)
- A standup surfing paddle
- A body of water to practice on
- Use a dock, a boat or a side of the pool to help you get on your standup paddle board. Getting on the board will be much easier if you can simply step onto it. Getting on a paddle board from the water is more difficult. You can also leave your paddle on the dry land until you are ready for it.
- Find your balance on the paddle board. Stand with your feet facing forward in the middle of the board. There is usually grip tape or padding where you are supposed to stand. Face forward with your weight evenly distributed.
- Use your paddle to propel the board. This is similar to paddling a canoe.
- Learn to turn your paddle board. If you continue to paddle on one side of the board, it will eventually turn in the opposite direction. If you want to turn your SUP quicker, move towards the back of the board, so the front comes out of the water. Just paddle on the opposite side of where you want to turn. You will turn much faster.
- Be safe while learning how to paddle board. Always wear a life jacket and do not attempt to paddle into dangerous situations until you are ready for them.