Stand Up Paddling
Instructions and Maintenance


When stand-up paddling, use a parallel stance. If your shins start to fatigue, you are trying to balance with your toes. Relax and bend your knees a little more; feel the ocean and stay loose.


When preparing to catch a wave, transition from the parallel stance to a wider surfing stance for stability.


While paddling in your surfing stance, or when paddling parallel, while digging with the paddle lean to the side of the paddle which will keep your board running in a straight line.


Stand further back on the board for quicker and easier turning.


When caught inside, knee paddle with the paddle using a shorter grip, dig fast and hard for stability and speed to get out past the impact zone.


Do not ride the board into shallow water where the fin could get dug into the reef or sand. These boards weight and power to tear the fin and box right out of the board if it gets beached.


If the board gets dinged, take it out of the water immediately and let it dry for at least three days. Repair with EPOXY ONLY.


Stand-up paddling is the best cross training exercise in the world, which makes this sport so fantastic because you use every muscle in your entire body to keep your balance. The combination of paddling and balance coordination improves overall core strength as well.



Stand Up Paddle Boards are classified as Vessels


The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has officially classified stand up paddleboards (SUP) as a vessel. This classification means that SUP users --when outside surf or swim zones or bathing areas -- are required to carry a lifejacket, or Personal Floatation Device (PFD), a whistle and, if out after dark, a flashlight to give fair warning to other boaters that they're in the area.



J. Blair

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