Great, so you’ve got your board moving and you’re gliding through the water- you’ve got this!!! But why is it taking so long to get where you’re going? Chances are you are snaking all over the place! Travelling in a straight line is one of the trickiest things to master when SUPing – So here are 3 tips to get you started…
1. Keep your paddle vertical - Newbie paddlers often hold their paddle at an angle across their body. This is great for turning but not so great for going straight! So avoid zigzagging by entering your paddle into the water in an upright position. Tip – When trying to paddle straight watch that your hands are directly above each other in 12 & 6 o’clock position.
2. Look ahead in the direction you want to travel – As you’re trying to master the art of SUP you’re going to want to keep watching your paddle (to make sure your technique is on point! Right?) But it’s important that you keep looking forward, NOT down to ensure you are traveling in the right direction and you’re aware of what’s going on all around you.
3. Stand in the centre of your board – If you are standing off-centre and your weight is not evenly distributed between your feet then it’s going to be very hard to keep your board moving in one direction (let alone stay balanced!). Tip: The board’s handle will generally be in the centre of the board so make sure it is in the centre of your feet when standing or knees if kneeling.
Remember, practice makes perfect, stand up paddle with us today and let’s get you SUPing straight!:)