Stand up paddle boarding, SUPing, is an intense and fun workout that just happens to be at its best when it takes place in a tropical location, such as the warm waters of Turks and Caicos.
The pros make stand up paddle boarding look easy, but there is some finesse involved in getting started. You don’t have to worry. Here are some tips and tricks for getting up on the board and out on the water during your next vacation in the sun!
Find the Right Board
Stand up paddle boards range in size, material, and quality. Finding the best board impacts how easy it is to maneuver once you are out in the sea. Using the wrong board can make your hour of fun in the sun feel a lot longer – and not in a good way! Take a look at a few of the types of board to keep in mind before making a decision.
All-around SUPs are the most common type of board shape, and they are the best boards for newbies. You will find that these boards work well in all surf types, which is perfect for inexperienced paddlers on less than glassy waters.
Another suitable board for beginners is the touring board. These are great for long sessions out on the open sea or in flat water. They help you move more efficiently, and their width makes them more stable than other board types.
Surf SUPs are basically designed to be extra-large surfboards. These are great for bigger surf, but they can be tricky to navigate in flat waters. Keep in mind these boards are designed for those who have been paddling for a while.
Race boards are designed for professionals who want to race on the ocean or on flat water. They are longer and narrower than all-around boards, which helps you sprint with efficiency. These can be difficult for beginners to use, but they are great for gliding once you’ve had some practice.
Use Your Whole Body
SUPing is spoken of as the workout that will give you a strong and toned core. However, it’s a full body workout, and to make the most of it, you need to engage your entire body.
Beginners tend to rely heavily on their arms and core, almost like they are trying to stir a giant pot of soup from the waist up. Doing this neglects other important muscle groups, such as your legs and posterior chain.
Focusing on using your legs and hips for stability will help you remain upright on the board longer. It will also make it easier for the rest of your body when paddling because you will feel grounded, and you will have a lot more power.
Bend at the knees and squeeze your lower body. Then twist your core and use your arms like levers to paddle. Your back and backside will thank you!
Use the Whole Paddle
Another common mistake that newbies make when stand up paddle boarding is not using the whole paddle. Make sure the whole paddle blade is in the water before beginning to generate the power to move. Using the whole blade helps create more momentum, and it helps you make the most of every stroke you make.
To make the paddle work for you, grip it with one hand on top and put the other hand near the center of the shaft. Hold it in front of your body, and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Keep the angle of the blade facing away from you, and push the blade until it is fully submerged.
Whether you are looking for a workout or just want to have a laugh, SUPing is the perfect activity for your next vacation to Turks or Caicos, and these tips and tricks will help you to make the most of it.