As a newbie of ISUP lover, you may feel a little bit nervous about going into the water. You will concern about safety issue, how to stand on the board and keep balance in the right way. Don’t worry, we’ve got you something to make you fearlessly start your FIRST exploration. Here are three steps you can follow.
PREPARATION STEP OF ISUP
Always check the weather forecast and the shift of wind before you go. In case of any possibility of changes that we could handle easily. We need to focus on the speed and shift of the wind when on the water. Once standing on the SUP, winds can easily throw you into the water unexpectedly. Immediately drop down your knees or lie down with your paddle, if the wind decided to give you a “Surprise”. Use your cellphone to check the weather online that will make you prepare for any sudden changes might face at any time! Stay safe and have fun is our first priority.
While getting into the water, first thing need to do is keep the fin of the board deep enough to the water. In order to prevent pushing the fin into sandy or rocky bottom that leads to the damage of the fin or even break the fin.
UNDERWAY STEP OF ISUP
In this stage, learn how to stand on the board. The position on how you stand on the board, your core strength force, your eyes and posture is vital. Starting from a standing position on the board, with your feet hip-width apart, slightly bent knees, and back straight, step forward. When you’re in this posture, your knees can act as shock damper to help you balance and keep your weight on the board. You can also engage your core muscles, which reduces the risk of back injuries and improves the efficiency of your strokes. Your general strength and stamina are enhanced by this stance.
Put your core to the water. An excellent all-around physical workout is stand up paddle boarding. You avoid engaging your arms and shoulders, make sure to concentrate on using your core muscles. Most novices make the error of standing rigidly and tightly while paddling with their arms and shoulders, which makes them tire considerably faster. When using your core muscles, you may access a much greater power source, enabling you to paddle harder and longer. Just try concentrating on activating your core muscles.
When you’re learning to surf, it’s natural to want to keep your gaze glued to the ground to monitor your feet and the board as it makes its way through the water. The greatest way to maintain stability and balance is to keep your head up, your back straight, and your eyes on the horizon. In this case, this will help you stay centered on the board and over your feet.
Possessing hip-width feet, stand in the middle of the pad on your board. Avoid standing too far back on your board. It will lead to the nose of your board to tip up, and causing the board to drag more in the water and slowing down your movement.
COMPLETION STEP OF ISUP
At this stage, you need to ensure two things. Firstly, make sure the paddle blade is pointed forward. Your initial inclination may be to hold the paddle backwards to cup the water, but this stance tends to force the water up while pushing your board down. Hold your paddle straight up and down, and return it in a straight path, not too far away from your board. The further you paddle out and away from the board, the more the board will turn. With one hand in the center of the paddle and the other over the top, hold it. Grab your paddle and hold it over your head; it should be at right angles to your elbows. This will improve your grip and strength when paddling.
Next, Make sure that the blade is completely submerged in the water before you draw back to start paddling. This helps to steady you while also giving you the greatest power from the blade. Furthermore, having the blade fully submerged serves as a brace to aid with the balance as you start to paddle.
When you’ve gone through all the stages. Congratulations! This is a big step of yours. All that left is practice, practice, practice. As you get the feel, the better you will get. Life too short, just do what you want!