Swimming ability is not required, but recommended, as this class is on the water. This class is great for all ages. The workout that you will get by Stand Up Paddling is based directly on the amount of energy that you put into. You can easily paddle around without exerting yourself or you can pull on the paddle and get a great workout.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This class is designed to expose you to a new sport and teach you the proper technique to excel in Stand Up Paddling, (SUP). Your instructor will teach you about the design/shape of a Stand Up Paddleboard board and how this affects performance and stability. They will go over stretches for paddling, safety considerations, self rescue techniques, proper technique to stand on your board, and paddling technique. You will be up and paddling around the marina by the end of this class. Your instructor will continue to give you pointers as you paddle and turn your board. At the completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skill to be a Stand Up Paddler.
HOW TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Stand Up Paddle Surfing isn’t that hard to learn and unlike normal surfing you can learn to do it on almost any body of water. To start with you will find standing up on the board and paddling will be the trickiest part. If you already surf then the wave riding part should be pretty familiar, except that you will be riding for longer and more often!
In this section we will provide a few key pointers. The best thing about sports such as Stand Up Paddle Surfing is that you can build your own style and techniques. These pointers are just the basics to which you can add your own style and flair too. Check out the video at the end of the page too…
Stand Up Paddleboarding FAQs
Q: Do I need waves in order to paddleboard?
A: Even though paddleboards look like oversized surfboards, you don't need waves in order to enjoy this self-propelled sport. In fact, flat water is preferred for building your paddleboard skills.
Q: Where can I rent a board?
A: Most surf shops that sell paddleboards also rent them. It's a great way to test out the sport before you commit to buying.
Q: What size paddleboard is best for me?
A: The choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. Contact Us for help with choosing the right paddleboard for you.
Q: Why does the paddle have an angle?
A: The elbow in a paddle provides a more powerful, effective stroke. When you're paddling, the elbow causes the paddle blade to align straight up and down as it comes alongside the paddleboard.
Q: What should I wear for paddleboarding?
A: Wear clothing that lets you move and that can get wet: shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit work well in warm climates. In cold weather when hypothermia is a danger, consider a wetsuit or drysuit. Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
Q: Do I need to wax the top of the paddleboard?
A: Most paddleboards we sell have a traction pad attached to the top of the board. These provide reliable grip and should not be waxed. If you choose a paddleboard that doesn't have such a pad or soft-top, you'll need to use a base wax and a grip wax (such as Sticky Bumps) to provide traction.
Q: How do I transport the board on my car?
A: You can transport your paddleboard on the roof rack of a car. It's best to use a bar pad on the rack in order to protect the board. Be sure to stack the board on the roof with the fin up, towards the front. Use surf-specific straps that won't crush the foam on the board when you strap it down.
Watch the Expert Advice video for tips on transporting watercraft.
Q: Can the fins on a paddleboard be removed?
A: The fins on underside of the board help with navigating through the water. They can be removed for travel and storage, but you won't want to paddle without them.
Q: Where is the best place to stand on a paddleboard?
A: Stand just behind the center point of the board. The nose (front) of the board shouldn't pop out of the water, and the tail shouldn't dig in.
Q: Can I take a paddleboard in rivers?
A: Yes, you can paddleboard almost any navigable body of water.
Q: Why not just use a kayak?
A: Kayaking is great fun, but the beauty of Stand Up Paddleboarding is that standing up allows you to enjoy much better views, both to the horizon and down into the water. It's a simpler sport to pursue than kayaking, with less equipment required. It also offers a fantastic core workout.
Q: Can you surf with a paddleboard?
A: Yes, but learn to surf in an empty break before you enter the lineup. When you get good, remember to share the waves!
Q: What does a full paddleboarding setup cost?
A: Depending on which models you choose, the cost of a board and paddle ranges from about $1,100 to $2,100. Take a look at REI's online selection of paddleboard gear