How to Paddle Board?

Beginner’s Guide on How to Paddle Board.

After you have had all your paddle boarding gear; board, paddle, leash and traction pad, you can start to learn to paddle board. There are a few stages in paddle-boarding, mainly carrying to the water, getting on the board, paddling and techniques. You can also look at this website for more information.

Carrying the Board

Most boards have handle in the middle of the board. Hold the board under stronger arm at waist level by the handle and bring the paddle with the other hand. If the board doesn’t come with built-in handle, just tuck the board tight under the arm and hold the other edge with you finger.

Getting on the Board

Once you’re in the water at about knee-level deep, place your paddle on the board with the grip on the edge of the board and the blade rests on the water. After placing your paddle, hold the board by the edge a little bit in front of the center of the board with one hand holding the paddle, climb up to the board into kneeling position with your knees close to the sides at the center. Kneeling at the center of the board, you can grab the paddle and start to paddle after feeling the balance. Take a few strokes and feel the movement while keeping the stability. To stabilize the board, just keep your hand on either side of the board. Paddling on the knees helps the beginner to feel the movement of the board.

Once you’re ready, place both fists with the paddle across the board in front of your knees near the sides of the board. Slowly, one foot at a time, move your legs to squatting position while your fists still on the board. Next, stand up slowly and place your feet where your knees were. Once you are fully standing, bend your knees slightly for stability. If the board wobbles, use the hips to counteract it.

Paddling

Once you are comfortable on the board, you can start to paddle. If you’re paddling at the right, put your left hand on the right hand at the paddle grip and vice versa. Use your torso to paddle. Twist your paddle and keep your arms straight. Push the paddle down on the grip with the top hand. Push the blade into the surface of water, back to the ankle and finally out of the water. Keep the strokes small in the beginning. To travel in straight line, just paddle 4 to 5 times in one sides and switch to the other. After switching, do not forget to change the hand positions. Keep your eyes on the horizon, not on the feet while you paddle.

Those are the basic techniques to paddle. If you want to try more adventurous paddling techniques, it can be learnt from the instructors. It is a fun activity to try, individually and with family. For beginners, always have a professional or friend with you when you start to paddle for the first time to avoid any unwanted incidents.

Inflatable SUP Board – How to inflate it?

Most of inflatable SUP has high pressure inflation valve. First, you must be alarmed and please make sure that the valve is closed first. You can close it by pushing it with your thumb and twist. Why we need to make the valve closed? It is because when the valve is closed (stem up), the air can only passed through the valve inwards without escaped outwards. In other word, it’s a one-way valve.

Next, connect the hose pump onto the inflation meter and join the inflation meter next to the inflate side of the pump.

Typical inflatable SUP board requires 10-15 Psi. However, Tower Adventurer board requires around 10-11 Psi only. Initially, you can feel that it is easy to fill the air inside your iSUP board. However, as the board stiffen, it will be much harder. The last 20 pumps will be very difficult. Your hand can become discomfort as the pump handle has grooves.  Thus, be alert first and wrap the handle with something before you are starting to pump to prevent the uncomfortable feelings.

I do not recommend you to pump manually. If you are in tight budget, it is unavoidable. However, if you don’t mind, invest some money to buy an electric pump. It is not too expensive. Just go to Amazon.com and select the suitable one. I recommend this Airhead AHP-120 Air Pump. With 300 litre-per-minute airfill rate, you can inflate your iSUP in no time. You can also deflate your board quickly with this.

Best Paddle Boards

How to find the best paddle boards that are for sale?

When it comes to finding the suitable paddle boards, there are few criteria that we need to look at before deciding which paddle board for sale is the best for us.

Factors to be considered

Types of Paddle Boards

There are 2 main types of paddle board; all-rounder and racing/touring. All-rounder is less adventurous type which is suitable for beginners, whoever paddles on a calm lake and for anyone who wishes to fish from the board. As the name suggests, racing/touring board is used for more adventurous activities. It has a pointed nose which helps in maneuvering. Because of its shape, it is suitable for long-distance paddling with less effort.

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Other than those two main types, there are few more specific types which can be found, that is hybrid and surfing. Hybrid type can be used to be sit on like a kayak or stand up to paddle, while surfing type is usually used to surf the wave.

Dimension

The dimension needed depends on the paddle boarder. Choose a longer board (3.8m to 4.3m) for racing or touring because it is faster and travels straighter. For beginners who choose to be on the board directionless and without adventure, a shorter board (3m to 3.7m) is the best. Not only it’s suitable for beginners, shorter board is also used by surfers because it can be controlled more easily.

The width of the board affects the stability. For a beginner, a wider board is preferred as it is more stable. For people with big figure, it is advisable to use a wider board. A narrow board is less stable but faster, so it is more suitable for professionals. Instructor usually let the beginners get used to the wider board first, and when they already know how to control the board, they will usually switch to a narrower board.

Volume of the board is also need to be considered when choosing the board. The bigger the olume of the board, the more weight it can support. For someone who is bigger, bigger volume is needed to support the weight.

Weight

Choose a board which you can carry comfortably. A board too heavy may be too tiring for you to carry but a board too light may not able to support your weight on the water.

Fins

The fins needed depends on where you want to paddle the board. Stand up paddle boards can have up to five fins. Board with one fin is best to be used on flat water, in the lake for instance. Board with three fin is also used in flat water for tracking, usually for race or for someone who choose to paddle for long distance. When the center fin of the tri-fin board is removed, it works well to surf the wave. As you progress, always try different shape, size and material of fin and choose the one which is the best for you.

Construction

There can be made of wide range of materials; plastics, fiberglass and epoxy over EPS foam, plastics over EPS foam, inflatable and soft-tops. Boards which are made from plastics are resistant and heavy. These are suitable if you always drop the board. Meanwhile, boards from fiberglass and epoxy over EPS foam is the most common board. Its weight varies and is used in many type of paddling. Plastics over EPS-foam board are not heavy and resistant. Soft-tops or soft board are the most suitable for beginners.

Those are some aspects to be considered before choosing a board. It may take a while before you found the most suitable board for you. If you plan on buying the board, try first before buying it. And don’t forget about the cost. Don’t buy a board which is too expensive for you.