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Four Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling

When you master the basics of a sport, the more advanced moves come a lot easier. This video introduces the four Golden Rules of stand up paddling: the importance of good paddle technique, proper body position, use of your core muscles and efficient SUP board propulsion.

Rule No. 1

Plant your blade fully in the water before you start your stroke. This applies to every stroke you take. Doing this gives you the most power and pushes you along in the fastest and most efficient manner. It also serves to stabilize you; with the blade fully in the water you have an extra point of contact, with the blade serving as a brace for you.

Rule No. 2

Always assume the “ready position” while paddling. Plant your feet shoulder-width apart, with your knees bent and your back straight. Bent knees let your legs serve as shock absorbers when the water is rough and keep you balanced over your board. Keeping your back straight and not hunching over lets you take advantage your core muscles, making your strokes more effective and helping avoid back injuries.

Rule No. 3

Use your core muscles whenever you’re paddling. It helps to think of your body as divided into three major power sources: your arms, your core (your lats and abs), and your legs. Most beginner paddlers use only their arms and they tire very quickly. By engaging your core muscles you’re adding a much greater power source and will be able to paddle much faster and longer. When you’re doing this properly, you’re going to feel iyour lats and abs contract.

Rule No. 4

Keep your board as quiet as possible on the water. Maintaining a quiet board means your board is going to be most efficient on the water. Think about engaging the muscles in your feet and lower legs. Not only will this keep your board quieter; it will also keep you more balanced.