As the stand up paddleboarding scene continues to grow, and with our own Samos paddleboard coming out very soon, you may be thinking of giving the sport a go! Stand up paddleboarding is certainly trending at the moment and offers a fresh perspective on the water for paddlers already involved in kayaking and surfing.

We’ve come up with some hints and tips for new paddlers, which we’ve broken down into 4 sections, so read on!

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Equipment

While the saying “a good workman doesn’t blame his tools” may exist, it’s important to have the right selection of equipment and know how to use it for successful paddling. A leash is important to have on a SUP board, for the safety of yourself and others – as well as being convenient if you lose hold of your board. Additionally, make sure you take care of your paddleboard. While our new Samos is rotationally moulded and designed to last, it doesn’t hurt to carry out some regular maintenance – checking for any deep scratches or other issues to ensure a lifetime of paddling.

Technique

A common and natural mistake made by beginners is the way in which the paddle is used. Naturally, you might attempt to scoop the water using the paddle to propel yourself along. However, using the paddle the other way is easier on your shoulders and elbows as well as resulting in a smoother stroke – improving overall stability and muscle stress. With the leading edge, pull the blade through the water in a trailing position, and when the blade is vertical the best stroke angle will be provided. While doing so, this aids you in paddling with your core and not your arms – which provide the most efficient and powerful way of paddling.

Position

The stability gained from the above techniques will help to keep you balanced and upright. Additionally, it puts you in a great position to be facing towards the horizon to aim your balance and direction, as opposed to watch the board. When it doesn’t go so well however, you’ll want to know how to fall off the board properly, avoiding injury being the main goal. When you come off, try to fall away from your board – as far as possible, as large boards could potentially injure you in a collision. Not losing your board in this situation is another great reason why we would highly recommend a leash!

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Environment

Lastly, a few key pointers to mention about the environment you’ll be paddling in can help you to have a fun, safe, and useful session on your board. First of all, make sure you have enough space. Try to stay out of the way of other paddlers, any debris or coastlines that may cause you issues. Be smart and ride waves in the right conditions for your level, ensuring you understand the flow of the river you’re in or the tides. We have a guide on tidal forecasting [here]! In addition to this, keep an eye on the wind and what it’s doing – as well as how it’s going to affect your paddling. If you get caught on the wind, go prone on your paddleboard with your paddle tucked under you to avoid it.

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Our Samos paddle board is out very soon! With a lightweight and resilient construction, great stability in the water and well-priced in the market it makes a great platform for any prospective paddlers to put the above tips to the test, and it can be seen [here].