It’s a fun way to get active, and to connect with nature and yourself. SUP offers something for everyone; regardless of body type, age and skill level. You can head out for a relaxing paddle on a calm lake or catch waves in the ocean. Or maybe you’d like to do SUP yoga or go for a fast-paced paddle to get a workout. Whatever your ambition is, nothing beats a day on the lake, surrounded by mountains, friends, and simple serenity.
All you need is a SUP board, a paddle and a life vest. You can choose between a solid or an inflatable board. Solid boards offer the best performance on the water; they travel faster, smoother and with less effort than an inflatable version. However if you have limited storage and want to be able to travel with your board, an inflatable version is a great and highly popular option. If you want to do SUP-yoga, an inflatable board also tend to be a bit softer, making them more comfortable for yoga poses.
For the summer months, I recommend a sports bra or your swimwear combined with a sports shorts. For colder conditions where hypothermia is a concern, you should wear a wetsuit or a drysuit.
Get your board ready, if you got an inflatable one; pump it up to the correct PSI (pounds per square inch of pressure which is typically written on the board). Turn it on its side and grab the board by the handle in the middle to carry it onto the water, with the bottom of the board facing you.
You can start by standing on your knees while you paddle out and see how that feels. When you’ve got the hang of it, try standing up with a wide stance. Bend your knees slightly, focus on the horizon and believe in yourself. If you think you’ll fall, you will fall! So stare at the horizon, find your balance and firmly tell yourself you’re going to stay on the board. Whenever it’s getting really wobbly, drop down to your knees again to gain stability. It takes practice and time to get used to, but once you’ve cracked it, it becomes second nature.
Place your paddle in the water and have the angle of the blade facing outward (away from you) parallel to the board. Make sure your shoulders rotate towards the direction you want to go and pull the paddle towards you.
This is really up to you. You can do yoga, surf, race or just calmly paddle and take in the view. Just play with it at first and find out what is right for you. The most important thing is to have fun!