The ideal spot to learn stand up paddle
For the first launch, choose a calm water with an easy launch. Starting from the beach will make it easier to get on your paddle. Once you have found your balance you can try it from a pontoon or a slipway.
Which SUP to start with?To learn stand-up paddling, it is best to choose a wide board with a round nose. This will give you maximum stability during your sessions. The thinner boards with a pointed nose are more for speed and performance.
Our inflatable paddles specially designed for beginners :
Easy 10′ and 10’6
Malibu 10′ and 10’6
The first paddle session
1 – Adjusting your paddleIn order to be comfortable and have the best possible performance, it is important to adjust the size of your paddle. To do this, simply open the adjustment system, then position your paddle vertically in front of you. Extend your arm upwards and adjust the height of the paddle so that the handle is level with your wrist (about 15 cm above your head). Finally, all you have to do is close the adjustment system.
2 - Start on your knees
In shallow water, start by kneeling on your paddle to get used to the balance. Put your paddle on your board perpendicular to the water while you kneel. When you are on your knees, hold it in your hands to help your balance. Once you feel comfortable, you can start paddling. In this way, the movement and balance will gradually become integrated.
3 – Don’t be afraid of fallingDon’t be afraid of falling, it’s not serious to fall in the water. What’s more, with an inflatable paddle you have very little chance of getting hurt. In order not to hurt yourself by falling, when you feel an imbalance, avoid diving forward or backward. The best thing to do is to drop into the water on the sides of the paddle, holding your paddle forward so you don’t fall over.
How to paddle on a stand-up paddle ?
This may seem like a simple question, but when you first learn to paddle it is not something you are born with.
1 - Hand positioning
Place one hand on the handle at the top of the paddle and the other near the middle of the paddle, as shown in the photo. When paddling on the other side, simply reverse the position of your hands. Be careful to hold the paddle in the right direction to move forward. To do this, the “hollow” side of your paddle blade must be in your direction, i.e. facing the back of the board.
2 - Moving forward
To get your board moving, you need to give 2 or 3 strokes on one side, then 2 or 3 on the other. Fetch the water far towards the front of your paddle and bring it back towards your feet by pulling with your lower hand. To move forward you need to extend the whole paddle into the water.
3 - Turning
To turn in a paddle, draw an arc with your paddle on the opposite side to where you want to go. Repeat the manoeuvre until you are going in the desired direction. To make a quick turn or U-turn in a stand-up paddle, step back on the board, and make the same movement with the paddle while pressing on the back of the board. In this way, the back of the paddle will sink slightly and thus make a pivot point to turn quickly.
The most important thing is to have fun. There is no need to look for performance at all costs! This will come quickly with time and experience. Once the basics are learned the possibilities are endless !