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 walking, alone or with the family, long sporty walks, 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. That’s why, in this article, we offer you all our advices 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!