If you’ve heard the hubbub pertaining to paddleboarding, you may be keen to try out this watersport, which tends to be a bit more accessible than, say, surfing or water skiing, just for example. It can be relatively easy and inexpensive to get started, but as a beginner there are a few things you should know. Here are some basics that will help beginners to get into stand-up paddleboarding.
First you have to pick the right board, and there are many options to consider. But when you’re first starting out, the two biggest factors are going to be cost and stability. You don’t want to pay an arm and a leg until you’re sure you’re serious about the sport, so think about purchasing a polyurethane board to start. One can be had for as little as around a couple hundred bucks, which is significantly less than other options. Nicer boards could run you several hundred to upwards of a thousand dollars. Just don’t forget about extras like the paddle and possibly a roof rack, which can add to the overall cost.
As for stability, a wider, flatter board is probably your best bet, so you should look for a planing hull, as opposed to a displacement hull (which is narrower and has a pointed front more suitable for racing or paddling long distances). You also need to check the ratings for user weight capacity before you buy a board. If you’re too heavy, the board will sink. And if your board is too heavy, you might not be able to effectively maneuver it. So use the manufacturer specs for user weight to find a starting board that is most likely to work for you.
Don’t forget to talk to retailers about how you plan to use your board. You’re probably thinking, “Duh, I’m going to stand on it and paddle around on calm water.” Okay, you might do that to start. But did you know that you can also use paddleboards for racing? Did you know that some are suitable for surfing, as well? And what about yoga on paddleboards? When you’re a beginner, you might not even know about all of the options available to you, but you should definitely discuss potential usage with a salesperson before you buy to make sure you get the board most suitable for the activities you prefer rather than wasting money on a product that won’t really work for you in the long run.
As for actually paddleboarding, you might want to think about taking a lesson or two. It looks like a pretty simple activity, but think about the first time you went skiing. It’s just sliding down a hill, right? If you’ve been skiing you know there’s more skill involved, and the same is true of stand-up paddleboarding. So once you’ve found the perfect equipment at Coastal Wholesales, arrange for a professional lesson or at least watch some video tutorials online. This will help to ensure that you learn to paddleboard correctly and that you exercise due diligence where safety is concerned. The last thing you want when you undertake this fun sport is to sustain an injury that takes you out of the game because of ignorance or foolhardy behavior.