How to Get into Paddleboarding – Part 2
The second part of our blog for beginners, how to get into paddleboarding dispenses even more great information and tips. It addresses the best way to fall off a board, how to stay out of the way when you do and picking the right water for you.
Stay Out of the Way
It seems quite crazy with the oceans and lakes being so big that everybody wants to use the same little bit of water. Whatever the reasons behind this it does cause huge problems as paddleboards are big and if you are in the water and one hits you, it will definitely hurt. When you go out on the water be mindful other people are out there too, select water that you can have space enough for what you need to do.
Fall Off the Board Correctly
Everybody falls off their boards, even the professionals and people who have been boarding for years. Falling off a board is part of the sport so you need to learn how to do it safely. As we have just highlighted, paddle boards are big and do hurt if they hit you, so when you fall do it away from the board. Don’t worry about the leash, it is there to keep the board from sailing off into the distance and will do its job without you thinking about it. Falling clear of the board not only looks more graceful it also can save you from injury.
Tackle Appropriate Water
Taking up any new sport can be daunting, but you do not have to tackle Mount Everest on your first climb, even the professionals learn their art before they hit the big water. No matter at what level you may think you are, select your water carefully. Remember you are paddleboarding for fun and not to impress anybody, be smart and ride waves and water that you can handle for your level of skill.
Start off on calm lakes which are quiet and learn your trade, then as you progress you can ride the white water!
Watch the Wind
You must learn how to read the weather conditions when you start paddleboarding, especially the wind. Before you leave the house know the weather forecast so you will expect what is coming your way. Paddling a board is much different than kayaking for instance. In a way you are acting as the sail on a sailboard, if a squall comes then get down quickly and lie on the board with your paddle under you and paddle the board home as if it was a surfboard.
Look After Your Equipment
As in any sport look after your equipment, take care of it and it will take of you. Because of the high-tech materials used to make the big board’s so maneuverable these boards are not cheap, and they damage easily being thrown around on land or in the back of pick-ups. Out of water the boards are fragile, so look after them and you will get many years of happy enjoyment out of them.