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How do you stand up on a paddle board?

How do you stand up on a paddle board?

If you are a beginner paddle boarder, stand up paddle boarding can be daunting at first and you may find it tricky getting onto the board and standing up. We have put together a step by step guide to help you master standing up on your paddle board.

1. Choose your location wisely

Find a calm, still body water to paddle on when you are first starting out. We recommend places such as a lake or river with no currents and plenty of wide open space free from obstacles or other vessels.

2. Inflate your board

Make sure your board is inflated to its max psi and suitably stable to get out on the water with. Check out our Youtube video on how to inflate your paddle board.

3. Place the board on the water with the fins facing down and free from any obstructions.

4. Climb onto the board in a kneeling position with your knees in the centre of the board. The carry handle is usually indicative of the centre of the board and you should have one knee either side of this.

5. Place your paddle on the board on the side of one of your knees with one hand on this to use for balance if needed.

6. Slowly stand up one foot at a time, keep your head facing forward and engage your core to ensure optimum balance. Hold onto your paddle in one hand, you can use this for balance as you stand up.

7. Make sure you are centred in the board with your feet either side of the carry handle, a shoulder width apart.

8. Bend your knees slightly and move your hands into position on the paddle and place this into the water.

9. Engage your core as you take paddle strokes to maintain your balance on the water.

10. Don't be afraid to fall off! It happens to the best of us. Paddle boarding can take time to get your confidence standing up, but with practice you will get there. 

Don't forget, if you are struggling to stand up on your board, try kneeling on the board instead! The beauty a paddle board is their flexibility on the water for beginners and intermediates alike.


What is the best paddle board for beginners?

What is the best paddle board for beginners?

If you have just started your journey in the paddle boarding community, then welcome! We have been paddle boarding for over 15 years and like to think we have picked up some helpful paddle boarding tips along the way. Please find some of the most commonly asked questions we encounter below. 

What is the best inflatable SUP to buy?

If you are just starting out we recommend going for an all-rounder board.  These are designed to give a more stable ride on the water. 

Check out our all rounder beginner SUP board here which is a great option if you are starting out, looks great and is designed for safety and stability on the water.

Why are paddle boards so expensive?

The manufacturing process and technology has taken years of research and development to ensure maximum efficiency on the water. There are different methods of construction including single layer and double layer. Typically double layer can offer an additional level of stability on the water which is particularly important for touring boards.

What size paddle board is best for my height?

As an average rule of thumb, the paddle board should approximately double your height. Other consideration is include the max load of the board which essentially translates to the weight that the board is able to handle. All of the boards we offer at Quayboards are able to comfortable take over 100kg.



Top 5 Paddle Boarding Tips for Beginners

Top 5 Paddle Boarding Tips for Beginners

We've put together this handy checklist to help paddle board beginners get ready for heading out onto the water.

1. Check your equipment

Take a good look at your board before you head out onto the water. When did you last use your paddle board? It is important to clean and maintain your board to ensure it has no wholes or damage before it is inflated. We recommend an all rounder paddle board for maximum stability and enjoyment on the water.

2. Check conditions

It may sound obvious, but what is the weather doing? Ensure you check the forecast before you head out onto the water. Some conditions can really effect the water, creating currents and waves that may result in your board becoming unstable. Look out for any heavy winds or stormy conditions that could lead to this. Even the sunnier conditions can be deceiving as the water temperatures will be a lot lower, make sure you take this into consideration when thinking about the below point.

3. Check your clothing

Relates to the above point on weather conditions, but do you have the adequate attire for the outdoors? At Quayboards, we recommend investing in a wetsuit for the colder conditions and a personal floatation device (PFD) to keep you safe in the water should you come off your board.

4. SUP with your squad!

Not only is it fun to paddle with others but there is definitely safety in numbers.

5. Scout the shoreline

If you are new to paddleboarding, sticking to the shoreline is an easy way to make sure you know where you are and avoids getting caught in any currents.