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How to start and progress in Stand Up Paddle?

 

The Stand-Up Paddle is for us an incredible practice, allowing to combine physical activity and escape, while enjoying the ocean. The Stand-Up Paddle is for us an incredible practice, allowing to combine physical activity and escape, while enjoying the ocean. This new water sport has developed very quickly in recent years. Indeed, it has the advantage of soliciting all the muscles of the body, while remaining an easy and accessible practice to all.

On flat water, lake, river or ocean, the Stand-Up-Paddle offers the possibility to enjoy a variety of water bodies, but also different practices. Indeed, there are many SUP disciplines. Depending on the model, you can practice paddling, alone or with the family, long sporty touring, or even paddle races (racing) and the paddle surfing when there are waves! Today, the SUP can also be found in the practice of foiling, allowing you to fly over the water in a single stroke of the oar. The Paddle can also be used for other activities, such as yoga or fishing.

Although SUP is one of the easiest water sports, it still requires a bit of learning to navigate with ease and fluidity on any spot. This is why, in this article, we offer you all our advice to start and progress in Stand-Up Paddle.

How to start and progress in Stand Up Paddle?


CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL AND THE RIGHT SPOTLIGHT

First of all, you should know thata Stand Up Paddle board adapted to your level will facilitate your beginnings and/or allow you to better progress and improve. There are boards of paddling for all ages and sizes, in inflatable or rigid. We advise you to start on a board all-round which will be more stable. A touring board has a sharper nose and penetrates the water better.

The choice of water is also important for your first sessions. To make sure you get the most out of it, choose flat, calm water.


ADJUSTING YOUR PADDLE

When you are new in paddle you can quickly neglect this step, which is however essential to optimize your movement and not to hurt your back. The length of your paddle must be adapted to your size, but also to your board and your practice. The easiest way to start paddling is to adjust the height of your paddle with your arm stretched over your head, and adjust when the handle reaches your wrist.



You are now ready to get in the water!

 


GRASP THE BALANCE

To gradually find your balance, the first step is to start on your knees. Hold the paddle facing you, and perpendicular to the paddle. Once you have stabilised, you can start rowing in this position, keeping your arm outstretched and your hand on top of the paddle handle. The technique is to reach far ahead with the paddle, then lift it up as soon as it reaches knee level. Once you are comfortable with this position, you can try standing up. Remember to look straight ahead to gain balance!


POSITION YOURSELF WELL

To position yourself properly on your paddle, place your feet in the middle of the length of the board perpendicular to the board’s axis. This position will ensure that your board is stable and lies flat on the water. Spread your feet further apart on either side of the handle and use the paddle if you lack stability.

Once you are standing and on your feet, bend your knees slightly before rowing. This will give you even more balance and allow you to row more efficiently. It is your legs and abdominal muscles that will keep you stable. As explained earlier, effective paddling is about getting the paddle as far forward as possible. Make sure you keep your back straight when paddling to avoid injury.

 



PAGAYING WELL

Place your hand on the paddle handle (called the “olive”) and the other hand on the tube. The distance between the two hands corresponds to the width of the shoulders. To paddle well, it is essential that the angle of the paddle blade is open towards the front of the board. In addition, this blade must always be vertical in the water.

To go straight ahead when sailing, plunge the paddle blade towards the front of the board, then bring it back towards you. By pushing the blade well into the water up to the shaft, you will gain power.

If the board goes straight, continue on the same side. Otherwise, place your paddle on the opposite side, changing hands. You will be able to alternate the oar on both sides to go straight ahead.
If you want to turn, simply paddle away from the direction of the turn to rotate the front of the paddle.

 

If you want to turn, simply paddle away from the direction of the turn to rotate the front of the paddle.

The SROKA team is first and foremost a team of enthusiasts. Since 2013, the company has been investing in inflatable Stand Up Paddles by developing quality products that are durable over time and at an affordable price. The aim is for everyone to have a good time on the water. We share our passion with you by designing and testing our products, creating colourful and pleasing designs, and giving advice on how to paddle.

Here are some tips to help you choose your inflatable Stand-Up-Paddle. And if you need more information, see our article on the subject!

The Easy range at SROKA is perfect for starting the SUP, whatever the intended practice.
For the cruising,the Easy pack in 10′ (-90 kg) and 10’6 (+ 90 kg) is perfectly suited for beginners who want to discover water sports. These inflatable Stand-Up-Paddles are sold in ready-to-go packs. We have designed these packs to be as accessible as possible, while still performing well.

For all riders who want a pleasant glide with great stability on long distance rides, Easy 11’6×32 and Easy 12’6×32. Thanks to their streamlined lines and pointed nose, the long-distance Easy keeps a line of direction while maintaining a high level of stability.

Malibu

The Malibu range is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts who want to get out on the water during the summer months. Ideal for touring, this range will allow you to glide across a calm body of water without effort. The Malibu 10′ inflatable SUP is an all-around board, accessible to all, regardless of level of practice or physical ability. It is perfect to start and/or practice with your family, whether it’s cruising, surfing or yoga. This model is also suitable for light riders. The Malibu 10’6 is wider, thicker and longer, and is therefore more suitable for taller people.

 

 

If you are a regular rider and you are looking for a high performance board for long rides, the Alpha range will guarantee you speed and stability. It is an excellent compromise for those who want a stable board with superb glide and speed performance.
The Alpha 12’6×31 is a touring board. With the tail slightly wider than the 12’6×28, these boards have excellent stability.

SUP Alpha 12'6 Race Freerace