Getting Started On Stand-Up Paddleboarding December 10 2014
In addition to offering fantastic views of your environment, SUP is a great way to get a full body workout, even becoming popular for cross-training. To get started, you need only a few key pieces of equipment.
First and foremost of course is the stand-up paddle board, which can be found in most nautical supply or watersports stores. There are a wide variety of boards to choose from depending on the paddler's weight and experience.
The next key piece is the stand up paddle, which is distinct for its angle or "elbow" in the shaft for maximum efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to choose one roughly 6" to 8" taller than the paddler.
It is strongly recommended that you wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when doing water sports, no matter your experience level. For your safety, always wear proper clothing: a wet suit or dry suit in cool conditions to avoid hypothermia, and shorts, a t-shirt, or a bathing suit for hotter climates. Always make sure that whatever you wear is light, moves with you, and can get wet.
If you are just getting into this sport, start out in flat, calm water, which needs to be free of obstacles like boats and buoys. In the beginning, it may be easier for you to kneel on the board instead of trying to stand upright. Once you are ready to stand up on the board, put one foot at a time on the board and place your feet where your knees were. You can also get help to stabilize the board as you get use to standing on the board.
With enough patience and practice, you can enjoy the many benefits of SUP. Products like the SLXtreme line of Rugged Phone Cases and the SLXtreme Belt Clip are designed to withstand the rigors of numerous outdoor activities.
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