Stand Up Paddleboards
Learn more about Stand Up Paddle Boards
Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP) are a good way to relax while out on the water. Whether you're out to explore or want to work your muscles, paddleboarding has got you covered. All you need are some basic SUP gear and techniques.
You only need a few key pieces of gear to start paddling
Stand-Up Paddleboard: This is your key piece of equipment. Pick the best board for your weight, skill level, and type of surf. If you are unsure of the best board for you feel free to contact us or call 1-866-858-5864 and speak with a specialist.
Paddle: Our boards come with a standard paddle. The shaft is angled at the end to make paddling while standing more efficient. Check out our other paddles if you would like to check out our other options. From one-piece paddles to adjustable, fiberglass to carbon fiber, we've got you covered.
Life Vest (PFD): Paddleboards are classified as vessels by the US Coast Guard, so wearing a life vest is required. It is also a good idea to have a safety whistle and a flashlight if you are going to be out at night.
Leash: A leash will keep you tethered to your board, keeping it close by should you fall off. A stand up paddleboard is a large flotation device, so keeping it attached is good for your safety. We have a large stock of leashes should you need to replace yours.
Sun Protection: Always a good idea to wear sunscreen and sunglasses when you're going to be out in the sun for any length of time.
Transporting Your Stand-Up Paddle Board
Most SUPs come with a built in handle. All you need to do to carry your paddleboard is lean it on its side, grab the handle and tuck the board under your arm. Then pick up your paddle and you're off.
If you're just learning it is best to start on calm, flat water. Stand beside the paddleboard in shallow water and hold it on both sides (as well as your paddle). Climb onto the board into a kneeling position just behind the center. Get a feel for the balance, make sure the nose and tail are not dipping to far into the water, the SUP should ride parallel to the water's surface. When you are ready to stand, hold the sides again and put one foot at a time where your knees were and stand up. Your feet should be facing straight ahead about hip-width apart.
As you ride keep your toes pointed forward, your knees bent, and your back straight. You balance with your hips, not your upper body. You hold the paddle with one hand on the handle and one hand further down the shaft. You will constantly be switching hand positions to paddle on both sides so you can go straight, start on whichever side you are most comfortable with. The angle of the paddle should face away from you, this may seem odd at first. When paddling keep your arms straight and twist from your torso. Push the blade of the paddle under the water and try not to reach to far ahead or behind you so you don't loose your balance.
To turn you can either keep paddling on one side, which would make for a smooth, wide turn, or paddle backwards on the opposite side for a quick, sharp turn. For a turn somewhere in the middle you can start your stroke at the nose of the board and sweep around in a wide arc towards the tail.