Standup Paddleboard

Standup paddleboards

Standup paddleboards

Offering Standup Paddleboard Rentals for all ages to be used at all lakes, reservoirs, and rivers in the Utah.  This is one of the fast growing sports; the standup paddle boarding rentals referred to as (SUP) which is a fun for all ages, easy, and a great way to exercise and play on the water all at the same time!  With a minimum amount of equipment, you can paddle anything from ocean surf to lakes, reservoirs, and rivers—no waves required.  Paddleboards offer an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes.  Rent one of our new Paddle Boards today!

Stand up paddleboards are a significant water sport gear investment for anyone with boards and a paddle costing in the thousands.  Sizes of boards are based on the paddler’s weight and experience.  More experienced riders used lighter paddlers can choose narrower boards.  Novice paddlers should choose wider, flatter boards, which offer more stability.  Stand up paddles have an angle or “elbow” in the shaft for maximum efficiency while paddling.  Choose a paddle that’s roughly 6″ to 8″ taller than you.  The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddleboards as vessels, so always wear a PFD whenever you’re paddling navigable water.

Here are a few pointers on how to stand up paddle board before you rent one:

When you’re just starting out, it’s easier to kneel on the board rather than to stand directly upright.  Standing alongside the board, place your paddle across the deck of the board and use it as an stabilizer.  The paddle grip is on the rail (edge) of the board; the blade rests on the water.  Hold the board by the rails.  One hand will also be holding the paddle grip.  Pop yourself onto the board into a kneeling position, just behind the center point of the board.  From that kneeling position, get a feel for the balance point of the board.  The nose shouldn’t pop up out of the water and the tail shouldn’t dig in and keep your hands on either side of the board to stabilize it.  Once you’re ready, stand up on the board one foot at a time and place your feet where your knees were.

Standup Paddleboard

Standup Paddleboards

To help you keep your balance as you stand upright on the paddleboard; your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the rails (board edges).  Don’t stand on the rails and keep toes pointed forward, knees slightly bent and your back straight.  Balance the board with your hips—not your head.  Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.  Your should be looking in front of you and avoid staring at the water or board.

Beginner mistakes in paddle board rentals.  These mistakes are easy to make when you’re starting out so try to avoid them and you’ll have a lot more fun on the water:  A hunched posture is not good so keep your back straight, shoulders level.  Staring at your feet instead of the horizon and elbow (bent angle) of the paddle facing in the wrong direction; It should point away from you.  Having both hands on the paddle shaft with your top hand belonging at the very top of the paddle, on the grip.  Finally do not stand straight-kneed; it is much easier to balance with bent knees.



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