Paddle boarding is a fun-filled experience. It is a great and exhilarating way to relax or play on water. It gives the body a total work out experience. It is a popular cross-training activity these days. It also allows you to take in the vista of the horizon as you stand full stretched.
The Stand up Paddleboard:
This is the most outstanding vest or gear that a paddler should invest in. Your choice of a Paddleboard should be dependent on the weight and skill you possess. As well as the conditions of where you intend to use it.
The Paddle –
The paddles especially the stand up paddles, have elbow in the shaft area, all for the max efficiency of the rider. It is preferable if you choose between a 6-8″ paddle for yourself.
Personal Floatation Device PFD: this is a U.S Coast Guard statutory requirement, that since it sees Paddleboards as vessels, then its riders ought to put on a PFD and carry a Whistle, and light for the sunset.
Proper Clothing –
It is good to wear a good protective gear and cloth so that you don’t fall under the weather due to hypothermia. Especially in much milder conditions. A good clothing that allows for easy movement is just great. It has to be something that can get wet of course.
The Leash –
The leash is a separately sold item, and it is with it that you attach your Paddleboard close to you, so that you don’t fall off. Since the Paddleboard is a broad floatation device, it is best that you attach the leash for your on safety. Just purchase the right one for you.
Sun Protection –
Put on sunscreen as well as sunglasses.
Most of the Paddleboards have an in-built handle. All you need to do is lean the board on its rail and then reach out for the grip in the board’s centre. Then tuck the board under one of your hands. Then bear it with your other hand. As a newbie in the sport, it is best you begin your first ride on a calm water, void of life buoys and boats.
There are several easy ways to turn a paddleboard.
There are a handful of ways to make an easy turn with your paddleboard and they are mentioned below:
The Sidestroke is used to paddle on one side till the nose of the board begins to turn in the direction you want it to go to. If you want to go right, then paddle on the left side, and conversely.
The Backpaddle is a quicker way to either turn or reverse. To do this, you have to just drag your paddle backwards on both sides of the board.
The Sweep Stroke: you have to place your paddle to the front side of the board and then make a long swiping stroke away from the boats hull, towards the tail side. This causes the board to move in the opposite direction of the stroke you made.