Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

The fast-growing water sport at Sandbridge Beach is Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).  This fun activity has really become popular in the past decade. Originating in the islands of Polynesia, it was picked up by surfers in Hawaii as a way of keeping fit while training for competitions. Stand Up Paddleboarding combines surfing and kayaking, but is better than both as you can stand up on a board and use a paddle to propel yourself forward.  It’s a fun, easy way to play on the water!  With a minimum of equipment, you can paddle anything from ocean surf to the lakes and rivers—and best of all, no waves are required.  And since you're standing at your full height, you'll enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what's on the horizon. It's almost like walking on water!

Video:  Techniques On the Water

Paddleboarding Stance:

Beginners will find it easier to paddle on their knees until they get the hang of it and learn to balance the board.  Paddleboards used in this sport are wide, very stable and equipped with a rear fin.  It’s a very easy sport to pick up and a fun workout.

Tips for keeping your balance:
  • Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the rails (board edges). 
  • Don't stand on the rails.
  • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight.
  • Balance with your hips—not your head.
  • Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
  • Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid the temptation to stare at your feet.
  • It's much like bicycling: When your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.

Paddleboard Rentals:

Looking to rent a paddleboard during your vacation at Sandbridge?  Call Moneysworth Beach Equipment Rentals at 800-662-2122 or place an order online at **CLICK HERE** Moneysworth Website - Water Sports

Siebert Realty Vacation Rentals: 
877-422-2200  /  757-426-6200
See you on the water!

1 comment:

Brian Robbins said...

That was a great video introduction. What's missing is how to properly launch. Here is a good article that goes into those details.

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