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A Beginner’s Guide To Paddleboarding

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most adventurers have been feeling the intense need to get back outside and explore. Working from home has undoubtedly made staying home slightly more unbearable. Now the UK is slowly beginning to get back to the normal pre-covid routine, an adventure is just what you need!

Whether you prefer the coast, lakes, rivers, or bays, stand-up paddleboarding is a great activity. Not only for the sheer joy of it, but also to get yourself back in shape. This is a great workout for the whole body and allows you to experience the true magnificence of nature untamed. The best part is that it is suitable for people of all ages, body types, and levels of fitness.

Typically paddleboards have a length of 8 to 12 feet, a width of 28 to 32 inches, and a thickness of 4 to 5 inches. Stand-up paddleboarding beginners should opt to choose wider, longer and thicker boards. On a flat body of water, this will provide the best stability for learning the paddleboard basics. When you become more experienced, you can move up to a smaller paddleboard. Paddleboards with an all-around shape are the most common shape for beginners. No matter what type of paddleboard you use, here are a few key things you should pay attention to on the waves:

  • Make Sure That You Use A Leash

All stand-up paddleboarders should be aware of how critical a leash is in any condition. The sooner you become aware of this, the safer you will be while paddleboarding. Depending on what kind of paddling you are doing, there are different types of leashes and attachment points.

  • Your Paddle Should Be Facing The Right Way 

Many paddleboarders at the start of their paddleboarding journey have at some point made the mistake of holding the paddle the wrong way. Make sure the fins are in the back when you paddle before you get on the board. While trying to balance and paddle without falling in, you want the paddle to scoop up water. It turns out, however, that a paddle works better when you stand rather than sitting, which means a smoother stroke and less strain on your arms and shoulders.

During the stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) stroke, the blade is vertical, providing the most power through the middle of the stroke because the shaft is the leading edge. As you pull the blade through the water, you pull it in a slightly trailing position to aid stability.

  • Keeping Your Core Engaged While Paddling 

You should not use your arms. You should paddle with your core, which may seem strange at first. Your paddling stroke is powered by these muscles because they are the strongest in your body. You won’t get much power if you stand up tall and use just your arms to paddle.

  • Keep Your Eyes On The Horizon 

It is only natural to look down at the board when you start paddling and look at the water lapping at its sides, praying not to fall in. In order to maintain stability, keep your head up, your back straight, and your weight over your toes. You are more likely to fall when you are watching your toes with your head down.

  • Take On The Waves That You Can Handle 

Many who have spent most of their life on the ocean, frequently bodyboarding, bodysurfing, surfing, as well as canoeing, sailing and SUPing have become comfortable on the waves. However big waves can still be overwhelming regardless of whether you are an expert or not.

For all its magnificence the ocean is still an untamed force of nature. It’s hard to say that anyone can truly master it. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your own skill level and what your limitations may be, before you ride the waves. The same goes for whitewater paddling. Make sure to know the river’s flow and the power of the water.

  • Pay Attention To The Wind 

Knowing the conditions is crucial when paddling out. Keeping an eye on the forecast will also help you prepare if conditions change. You are like a sail in the wind when you’re standing on your SUP. When the wind changes and you’re caught in an unfavourable situation, lay down with your paddle tucked under you and paddle like you usually do. The process is called paddling prone. 

As much as it is important to have fun, safety is always a priority. Stand-up paddleboarding is a sport that is sure to keep you fit and in shape while you give in to your courageous and adventurous side. Beyonk provides one of the best ticketing system solutions for experience providers in the UK, with a wide range of adventure tours to choose from. An extensive range of activities is available all across the country, so that you can make the most of your free time!

Oneal Grayden
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