How to Paddle a SUP in a straight line

Paddling straight is the key to efficient SUP’ing. In this article our team of experts here at Fatyak will give you a step by step guide on how to paddle an SUP in a straight line.

Firstly, you have to ensure you have the right type of fin for your SUP. The fins make a marked difference in how easily your board turns, how fast it is and how stable it is in choppy or windy weather. Read this article for more information on choosing the best fin to suit your needs.

The Fatyak Samos has a wishbone design on it’s underside. This is done deliberately to help the board track straight as you paddle, so this is a great start!

To summarise, there are 3 main elements to paddling efficiently in a straight line;

Step 1: The Catch

Bury the blade just out from the side of the board. Sink the blade right into the water.

Step 2: Vertical Blade

Having your blade vertical is the key for moving in a straight line. Your top hand should be directly over your bottom hand.

Step 3: Blade out at the Feet

Any further back from this, and it will be detrimental to your stroke rhythm. The blade will come out of the water right next to the board.

If you want a little more power, sink your weight into each paddle stroke and bring your bottom hand a little lower on the paddle handle. This lower hand must stay relatively lose however, to combat aches and cramps in your arms and shoulders!

Paddling in a straight line will take some practice, and most novice SUP’ers find they have to swap sides regularly. As you become more competent, your goal should be to paddle straight only using one side. This will get easier as you get used to how the blade and the water interact. For example try putting your blade in at different angles to see how this affects your movement.

In further articles we will go into more depth about paddling faster, as well as turning and surfing.

We hope that this has given you some good insights into how to paddle a SUP in a straight line, as well as a few other tips on handling your SUP.

Happy SUP’ing!

The Fatyak Team

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