One of the most important parts of Stand Up Paddleboarding, is…well…standing up! Of course that’s an oversimplification, but the truth is that understanding how to stand on your board isn’t just crucial to performing at your best — it can save your back and the rest of your body a world of hurt!
Start Out Right
Making a foundation from the minute you get on a SUP for the first time is crucial. Once bad habits set in, they’re tough to change. By learning these habits now, you set the foundation to be a stronger and more capable paddlerboarder for years to come.
All that being said, it isn’t terribly difficult. To start out, stand up on the board with your feet and hips a shoulder length apart. Also, be sure that as you’re standing up to get your balance, look forward and not down. This particular stance isn’t the best for everything, but it will help you with your balance. If you’re looking for better performance, you’ll have to evolve from this.