As watersports began to evolve into accessible, recreational activities, the industry started to develop new ways to enjoy being on the water. One of these new vessels is the paddleboard. Paddleboarding is a fun way to enjoy nature and engage in water sports. However, it can be quite difficult to master if you don’t know the basics. Here is a beginner’s guide to paddle boarding!
Have the right equipmentFirst things first, it is impossible to paddleboard without having the correct equipment. Like canoes and kayaks, paddleboards are popping up and becoming affordable because of their rise to popularity. Do some research on the types of paddleboards and find one that best fits your needs and your weight.
Along with the board itself. There are some other things you will need. Secondly, there is a paddle. The paddle needs to be the right size for you to maximize its efficiency. I would also recommebd that you use a leash to stay connected to the board in the likelihood that you fall in. All lakeland kayaks inflatable paddle boards come with 10ft leashes. Then, you need proper swimwear and a life jacket. The life jacket is optional depending on your swimming abilities but wearing clothes you are comfortable swimming in is a must. You are going to fall into the water. That comes with the package, and that is okay! You need to be comfortable being in the water and this starts with wearing swim gear.
Pick the right body of waterOnce you have the equipment you need, it is time to pick the right body of water. The bigger the body of water, the harder paddleboarding could be. When wind shoots across a large lake or section of the ocean, the waves can be quite large. This only makes paddleboarding harder. Ideally, you should pick a small to a mid-sized lake that is relatively calm. Especially when starting, you don’t want the elements to be against you. You should also try to stay away from rivers that flow at a decent speed. Lakes are usually the best bet because the water will be easier to navigate.
Learn to stand up and paddle.
When you first get onto your paddleboard, you shouldn’t try to stand up right away. Get used to balancing on the board by sitting on your knees. This will be a challenge, but it is much easier than standing up. Everything is about being comfortable. You will fall, but you can’t give up as it is a learning curve.
Once you get the hang of staying on the board on your knees, it is time to stand up. You need to be willing to fall because it will happen. Thankfully, getting back on is fairly easy and then you can try again.This is also why the leash connection is very important.
Once you can stand up comfortably and confidently, it is time to paddle. There are three basic strokes you should learn to paddle. The sweep, forward, and reverse strokes are the basics you need to successfully paddleboard. Each is very easy to master, and you will become a great paddleboarder in a matter of no time!