LEARN TO SUP
Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world due to its health benefits and how quickly newcomers can learn to have fun. Getting outdoors on the water, whether paddling in lakes, rivers or riding ocean waves, is a great way to experience the beauty of creation while getting a great full body workout. From peaceful to exhilerating and everything in between paddling with friends can create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
But before you run out and buy some gear here are some things to consider.
TYPES OF BOARDS
Not all SUPs are created equal. Knowing how you plan to ride your board will determine the best fit for your needs. There are many types of SUP boards, from Racing boards, to Touring boards, All Around boards, Surfing boards, etc. Most beginners will start out on a touring or all around board. The best way to start SUPing is to take a lesson, which will provide you with some experience riding on a board. You might want to rent a board or two before making a purchase to make sure that you get a board that will work for you. The longer, wider and thicker the board is, the more buoyant, and therefore stable, it will be.
The perfect scenario for a first lesson is to have a stable board in calm waters and little wind. A 12′ touring board is like a floating sidewalk, which someone wanting to concentrate on balance and paddling can take advantage of. You can always work your way down to smaller boards as your balancing, paddling and water skills develop. Unless you live on a lake or don’t have a means of transporting a large board I would stay away from inflatable SUP boards. Inflatables offer an economy SUP experience and easier transporting for those without vehicle racks, but they are much less responsive and maneuverable in the water and you can forget about riding one in the surf.