Learn To Stand Up On A Paddleboard
The most important skill that you will have to master when learning to paddle surf is to learn to stand up on a paddleboard. Mastering this basic skill will allow you to enjoy paddling your board through calm waters and taking in the scenery. You will also be able to advance to more difficult activities such as catching waves on your paddleboard. To learn to stand up on a paddleboard:
- Pick a board that is best for beginners. Experts recommend that you pick a board that is longer and wider than boards used by advanced surfers. One of the most highly recommended boards is the Starboard 11 foot 2 inch board, which has a 30 inch wide plank. This larger size is easier to balance on than a smaller board when you are trying to learn to stand up on a paddleboard.
- Find the sweet spot on your board. It will be easiest to stand up on a paddleboard in this spot. Usually, this will be just behind the center of the board. When you are kneeling in this spot, the nose of the board will not pop up out of the water and the tail will not go down.
- Start in a kneeling position, then get up one foot at a time. You should place each foot where you had your knee. Hold onto the board while you stand up on your paddleboard. If necessary, ask a friend to help steady the board while you try to stand up.
- Don't be discouraged if you fall down your first couple of tries. As most instructors will tell you, falling down is part of the sport. It takes a bit of time to get your sense of balance. Take time to kneel on the board and perfect your balance that way first if you are having trouble standing up on your paddleboard.