Water sports aren’t for everyone. Although the thrill of wakeboarding or water skiing cannot be beaten, many enjoy the simple comforts of sitting on the beach and watching the action taking place rather than actively being involved themselves.
But what if we told you not every watersport has to be adrenaline-inducing?
One of the most popular water hobbies is paddleboarding, which involves standing up on a board and simply traversing the waves at your own pace.
That being said, it’s not as easy as it seems.
There is a definite knack to paddle-boarding which you need to get the hang of if you want to be staying more or less dry.
Firstly, you need to find a spot that has calm and flat water. Place your board on the water, get into a kneeling position and then take a few strokes on each side.
Once you are moving, stand up one foot at a time, your feet placed shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing towards the nose of the board. Keep your knees slightly bent and keep your weight centered over the board.
How To Grip The Paddle
In terms of the paddle, make sure that you are gripping the top with one hand – your left hand if you are paddling from the right, and vice versa.
With your other hand, hold the paddle around waist height – or at least shoulder width apart to ensure you have power in your stroke.
How To Use Your Paddle
Make sure that, when you are using your paddle, the blade is bent away from your body. This will allow you to get good speed and optimal tracking.
Your paddle should also be perpendicular to the board and not at an angle.
Make sure you cover the entire blade in the water and take a long, intense stroke – using all of the power in your back muscles or upper arms.
Catch Your Bearings
Balance is another issue that you will have to conquer.