Paddle Surfing Guide
Paddle surfing is a little tricky to get the hang of at first, that's why we've put together this paddle surfing guide to help you get the basics. Paddle surfing originated in Hawaii and has become a hard core sport, as well as a popular pass time. Paddle surfing is sometimes abbreviated to "SUP" which stands for "stand up paddle." The great thing about paddle surfing is that you can catch more waves using a paddle than with a surfboard.
Before you start, you'll need to proper equipment. You'll need a surfboard, a life jacket and a paddle. Once you have this equipment, you'll be ready to start your paddle surfing practice.
- When you start off learning to paddle surf the best idea is to go slowly. If you have access to a body of water, such as a lake, that can make it easier to learn how to paddle surf. If you don't have a lake nearby, you'll have to start your paddle surfing practice at the beach. If you're planning to paddle surf at the beach as a beginner try and choose a time of day when the beach isn't crowded and the waves are gentler. Wind increases the difficulty of paddle surfing, so a windless day would be better to learn.
- When you start learning to paddle surf, it's best to begin with your knees on the board, rather than standing up. This will make it easier for you to understand the dynamics of paddle surfing and to get a feel for what you're doing. So begin by wading out into the water until your knees and then climb up onto your board. Don't worry about the paddle at this stage. Get to the point where you can kneel up onto the board confidently before you attempt to bring the paddle with you into the water.
- When you can confidently kneel up on your board you should start to practice using your paddle. It will take some time to get used to using the paddle, but it will help with stability.
- Once you've gotten used to being on your paddle board it's time to stand up. At first you'll find it easiest to do this by putting your hands on the board in front of you and then straightening up. Some people find it easier to push themselves into a jump and then land with both feet on the board. Remember, you can't make a cake without breaking a few eggs. You'll probably fall off several times, but just keep getting back up onto the board and eventually you'll get the hang of it.
- Using your paddle take practice too, so try to get your paddle into the water as soon as you've stood up on your board. Having your paddle in the water will give you more stability. A word of warning though, the paddle can be a little dangerous if you let it get away from you. Be careful to avoid getting hit on the head whilst you're in the water.