5 Tips for Stand up Paddle Board Beginners

August 20, 2017

Stand up paddling is an awesome way to spend your leisure time if you know how it’s done. There are plenty of recreational activities people engage in such kayaking, fishing, swimming, etc., but stand up paddling stands out from all of them. Apart from being a fun sport, it’s also an efficient means of travel.

If you are interested in stand up paddling but don’t know how to go about it.

Here are a few tips to help you out as a beginner:

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  1. You need a leash

A leash is an integral tool when paddling since it keeps you safe and also protects the people you are paddling around you. Leashes come in different types, and the attachments also vary, which means you should know your paddling style before buying or renting the gear.


  1. Hand position

Before going into the water, start by marking the position where your bottom hand should be when paddling. You can choose this position by holding the paddle board over your head then place elbows at an angle of 90 degrees. Marking the paddle board makes paddling more efficient so that you can avoid tipping over.

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Photo Credit: เชษฐา นุ้ยเล็ก

  1. Feet position

You might assume that your feet don’t play a significant role in your paddling experience, but they do. Poor alignment of your feet results to a weak foundation which equals an unstable paddle technique. To achieve stability, one of your feet should be a shoulder width apart, and if you decide to change sides as you paddle, you’ll need to shuffle your feet as well.

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Photo Credit: เชษฐา นุ้ยเล็ก

  1. Ensure that the paddle is facing the right way

As a beginner, you might be too naive such that you try to use the paddle facing the wrong direction. However, the side that scoops water as you move forward should face the other way for a smoother paddling stroke. When the paddle board is facing the right direction, there’s less stress on your shoulders and elbows which makes manoeuvring in water easier.

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Photo Credit: เชษฐา นุ้ยเล็ก

  1. Don’t look at your board

One of the most common mistakes paddling beginners make is looking down at their board. Most people do this to avoid falling into the water; unaware that looking at the board increases their risk of falling over. For the best stability and paddling experience, keep your head up, back straight and your feet aligned well. Lastly, the more time you spend practising on your paddle board, the better you’ll become at paddling and always take some time to read these five tips to remind yourself what you might have forgotten.

If you are a SUP beginner and have no idea how to kick-off your SUP skills, just drop us a message for some tips or training classes provided. We also have trail course for beginners and newbies. Or if you would like to get to know the paddle, just visit our site or Facebook. It provides countless information for both pro and newbie players!

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WeSUP is born by the group of Thai SUP enthusiasts, who are deeply enthralled by stand-up paddling or SUP. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing sport across the world. We want to push on it and aim to be the leading SUP Sport guide in Thailand.

Not only SUP is fun and perfect for your entire family, but SUP also has huge benefit for you. SUP opens up a whole new world of exploration, fitness and adrenaline. It's a great way to get fit, developing core strength, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance and allows you to choose your own path to better health. Unlike surfing, you don't need waves to paddleboard, you can go paddling on any open water, an ocean, lake, and even a river. If you never try SUP, Let's start!