The 4 Golden Rules of Stand Up Paddling

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TL;DR

1. Plant your blade fully in the water before you start to pull 2. Always assume the “ready position” when paddling 3. Use your core muscles whenever you're paddling 4. Keep your board as quiet as possible

No matter where you paddle, learning proper technique is going to allow you to paddle the most effectively, safely and comfortably.

There are four golden rules to follow to ensure you’re using good technique and will help you advance your skills and get the most out of standup paddle boarding.

  1. Plant your blade fully in the water before you start to pull; this applies to every stroke you take. The reason we want the blade fully planted in the water is because it gives us the most power out of our blade. It also acts to stabilize you because when the blade is fully in the water, you have an extra point of contact with the water, which is basically acting as a brace for you while you’re paddling.
  2. Always assume the “ready position” when paddling. The ready position starts with your feet shoulder, with the part, your knees slightly bent and your back straight. Keeping your knees bent turns your legs into shock absorbers. They keep you balanced over your board, keeping your back straight and not hunching over allows you to engage your core muscles when you’re paddling, which makes your strokes much more effective, and it helps to avoid back injury.
  3. Use your core muscles whenever you’re paddling. You can think of your body is broken into three major power sources; your arms, your core, which is your lats and abs and your legs. Most beginner paddlers use only their arms to power their strokes, and they tire very quickly. By getting your core muscles involved with your strokes, you’re accessing a much larger power source than just your arms, which means you’ll be able to paddle much harder for much longer. When you do this properly, you’re going to feel it in your abs and in your lats so you’re going to know when you’re paddling using the third golden rule,
  4. Keep your board as quiet as possible. Maintaining a quiet board on the water means your board is going to be most efficient on the water. When you’re thinking of keeping your board quiet, think about engaging the muscles in your feet and your lower legs. This is not only going to help you keep your board quiet, but it’s also going to help you stay more balanced.

Now watch the video to see how it’s done:

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