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SUP basics - Its easier than you think!

Forget landlubbers and lounge chairs, the water beckons, and your chariot awaits – a sleek, stable platform ready to whisk you away on an aquatic adventure! No, this isn't some mythical seahorse, it's a Stand Up Paddleboard, or SUP, and it's about to become your new obsession. Ditch the crowds, leave the worries behind, and imagine this: you, gliding effortlessly across glassy water, the sun warming your face, a gentle breeze whispering secrets through your hair. Sounds idyllic, right? But here's the best part – mastering the basics of SUP is easier than you think! So ditch the intimidation, grab a paddle, and prepare to unlock a world of freedom, fitness, and fun – all on a board that's practically begging for you to stand tall and conquer the open water. Are you ready to SUP-size your life? Dive in!  BLUEFIN SUP

Stand Up Paddleboarding: Easy Breezy from Beginner to Breezing!

Imagine standing tall on a board, gliding effortlessly across calm water, the sun warming your face and the wind whispering secrets in your hair. Sounds amazing, right? But maybe you've heard stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is intimidating? Fear not, landlubber! Here's why mastering the basics is easier than you think:

1. Stable Platform: Unlike wobbly kayaks or canoes, SUP boards are wide and stable, making them perfect for finding your balance. Think of it like a floating yoga mat – even if you wobble, you're unlikely to take a dunk.

2. Intuitive Paddling: The paddle strokes are simple and natural, similar to canoeing. Just plant the blade, push back, and repeat – no fancy footwork or acrobatics required!

3. Beginner-Friendly Waters: Start on calm, flat water like a lake or sheltered bay. No whitewater rapids or crashing waves to contend with, just smooth sailing (literally!).

4. Gradual Progression: Kneel first, feel comfortable, then slowly rise. The board won't bite! And if you do tumble, the water is your soft landing pad. Just hop back on and try again – it's all part of the fun.

5. Instant Gratification: You'll be amazed at how quickly you can find your balance and start paddling. Within minutes, you'll be cruising along, feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.


  • Practice makes perfect: Don't expect Olympic-level skills on day one. Start slow, have fun, and enjoy the process.
  • Get some guidance: Take a lesson or rent from a reputable shop with helpful staff who can offer tips and tricks.
  • Relax and have fun: It's not a race, it's an adventure! Soak in the scenery, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy the feeling of freedom on the water.

So, ditch the fear, grab a paddle, and prepare to be surprised by how easy and rewarding SUPing can be. You might just discover your new favorite way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and have a blast!

An informative consumer review of the "Tower Adventurer".

Gearing up for stand up paddling
by PaddlingTV

  • Unlock the world of SUP: This guide has all the beginner tips you need for a magical first paddle!
  • Essential knowledge for SUP newbies for a confident start.

Instructional video for putting on the brakes. Both easy and advanced techniques.

Choosing the right Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) can seem daunting, but with a little information, you can find the perfect board for your needs and abilities! Here are some key factors to consider:

Your Experience Level:

  • Beginner: Prioritize stability and width. Look for boards around 10-11 feet long and 32-34 inches wide. Inflatable boards can be a good option for their portability and forgiveness.
  • Intermediate: Once comfortable, you can explore specific activities like touring, yoga, or surfing. Choose a board tailored to your chosen activity.
  • Advanced: You can prioritize performance and maneuverability. Opt for longer boards for touring (12'6"+) or narrower boards for surfing.

Your Body Weight and Activity:

  • Consider both your weight and any additional cargo you might carry. Aim for a board volume (usually listed in liters) that's roughly equal to your weight in kilograms.
  • Different activities have different needs: Touring boards require more volume for carrying gear, while yoga boards need stability for poses.

Board Type:

  • All-around boards: Versatile for various activities, good for beginners.
  • Touring boards: Longer and narrower for faster paddling over long distances.
  • Inflatable boards: Portable and convenient, good for beginners or travel.
  • Yoga boards: Wider and stable for practicing yoga poses on the water.
  • Surfboards: Designed for catching waves, shorter and more maneuverable.

Additional Factors:

  • Your budget: Inflatable boards tend to be more affordable, but rigid boards offer better performance.
  • Storage and transportation: Consider the size and weight of the board.Inflatable boards are easier to transport and store.
  • Personal preference: Do you prefer a sleek design or a more rustic look? Choose a board that appeals to you aesthetically.

How to choose the right SUP.

By PaddlingTV.

Choosing the right paddle

by PaddlingTV

What to do when you fall off

by PaddlingTV

How to carry a SUP

by PaddlingTV

Forward and back sweep strokes.

by PaddlingTV

This is an excellent narration with visuals for an efficient, powerful forward stroke.

by PaddlingTV

Stand up paddling – putting on the breaks!

by PaddlingTV

The draw stroke

by StandUpPaddlingTV

Excellent instruction showing several techniques execute this important paddle stroke

How to Paddle straight

by PaddlingTV

Moving around your board

by PaddlingTV

By request the embedding of this video is not allowed but I can post the we have an excellent video on how to move around on your board.

Pivot turns

by PaddlingTV


by PaddlingTV

How to "Kick turn" around a buoy
by Beau O'Brian

How to make a cross bow turn with Nikki Gregg

This technique will come in handy when you need to make a quick turn.

"How to SUP basics video" for the "very first time" beginner

This video is for those who have never been paddling. It is gives the most basic information about the board, paddle, and how to get on the board an begin to paddle.

How to Stand Up Paddle Board Video Guide from windward boardshop on Vimeo.

How to carry a SUP

By Stand Up Paddling TV

What could I possibly need to know here you say. Well, this informative video gives some very good tips you many not have thought of.

How to stand up on a paddle board. And basics on the board, paddle, carrier, balance, paddling and turning.

By MotionBoardShop.

A very informative video that packs in most of the basics for those who are in the earlier stages of learning.

Getting started. By Werner Paddles

Top 9 list for getting to fall, how to get on your board after falling, getting on the board to save your fins, maximize your fitness, keep footwear loose, use a loose grip on the paddle, start on calm water and know the pfd regulations.

SUP-Getting Started from Werner Paddles on Vimeo.

What to do when you fall of your board. By StandUpPaddlingTV.

Instruction for how to safely fall off your board. There are many good tips here.

How to paddle over a wave.

How catch a wave. By Naish.

The basics on how to ride a wave.

How to launch and land your SUP. With Mike T.

See more video on surfing waves

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