June is the perfect time to do some stand up paddleboarding — the weather is getting warmer and everything around us is starting to bloom. If you just started riding your board again but find yourself needing a refresher course then these reminders of three never-break SUP rules will ensure you paddle safely.
If you need a little more SUP instruction, we’ve got beginners SUP lessons scheduled all summer long with daily classes beginning in July.
Always wear a leash that attaches you to the board! The water may be calmer in flat waters compared to the ocean, but if the winds pick up unexpectedly and you are separated from your board in a fall, you could be stranded and watch as your board drifts quickly downwind! Never forget to wear your leash. It can be a lifesaver when you fell in the water.
Dig Deep! Plant your paddle strongly in the water. Good paddle strokes ensure you are able to paddle in any condition and in any wind direction. Make sure to paddle with extended arms and use your core to pull it along the rail of the board. Take the paddle out at your feet and don’t pull the paddle all the way to the tail of the board. That will actually SLOW you down!
Look up, not down. It’s important to focus on where you want to go and the best way to do that is to look ahead. You’ll also be able to keep your balance if you look to the horizon, which will keep you out of the drink, paddling straight and giving you the best perspective to enjoy the view.
Need more tips to refresh your SUP skills? Check out Paddle Diva’s SUP How-To’s on YouTube.