May 13, 2015

Tips For Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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They say you should do one thing every day that scares you. On this day for me it was stand up paddle boarding in the Pacific Ocean during my trip to Santa Barbara. The last time I did stand up paddle boarding was on Lake Tahoe, but for some reason the thought of doing it near actual ocean waves was terrifying. It turned out to be not as bad as I thought, and was a great experience. My best beginner tips for stand up paddle boarding are:

1. Be ready to fall, it might happen to you. Wear appropriate safety gear even if you know how to swim. We had to wear fanny pack life vests for the ocean.

2.  Use proper equipment. Our rental company made sure that our boards and paddles were the proper size.

3. Respect your board. Do not set the board down on the fin(s) and stand or sit on it. This could damage the board. Wait until you are at least knee deep to hop on your stomach and paddle out.

4. Gain some forward momentum with paddling before you move to your knees to stand. It will make it easier to stand and maintain your balance.

5. Once you are up, use your knees and leg muscles to balance, along with keeping the forward momentum going. Beware of currents and where you are drifting.

That’s it! It’s a simple activity that is easy to do if you set your mind to it. If you are not comfortable on your feet you can also rest on your knees or sit on the board, but I find it is not as easy to move around in those positions.

Have you ever gone paddle boarding? Did you enjoy it? Do you have any tips to add?

This trip was sponsored by Visit Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Fitness Tours. To learn more about Santa Barbara and their cultural offerings (beyond the beach), please visit their website. All opinions, text, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.

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I tried stand-up paddle boarding once on the Candado Lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I wanted to have fun…but it just didn’t happen. I ended up sweaty and blistered from trying to keep my board from drifting into docks or out towards the entrance of the lagoon. I might give it another try sometime though.

I saw that sailboat in the distance and thought it was a shark fin. Yep.. won’t be going that deep into the ocean but I have been wanting to paddle board on a lake! Thank you for the tips love!
xoxo Amanda

HAHAHA. It only looks that way in the photo, promise. 🙂

This is so great! I tried paddleboarding once and loved it (but it was super hard!) Thank you for the tips!!
xo, christina
Fitness & Frills

I am so jealous! This is on my bucket list and I cannot wait to try it! I am traveling quite a bit in the next 12 months so I am sure I’ll try this and I’ll keep your tips in mind!
xo, Kyla – KyMarieC

YOU ARE MY HERO! Paddle boarding in the ocean would be so crazy to me. I am finally going to try it this summer at the lake – and that is freaking me out.

À LA PLAGE style

You’re doing great on that paddle board, but I know I would fall flat on my stomach or my back & it would hurt! Lovely pics! xx

I have always wanted to try this! Sounds like it would be so fun!

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