Frequently asked questions about paddleboarding:
What is Stand-up Paddleboarding?
Stand up paddleboarding is a watersport that’s become popular in the past few years. People use a paddle to propel themselves forward while standing (or sometimes kneeling) on a paddleboard – inflated or solid paddleboards.
Stand up paddleboarding offers an entirely new window onto the world. With low environmental impact, taking to your board is a brilliant way of slowing things down and really seeing a place – wherever you happen to be. And it also provides a double whammy of strength and cardio training: training you can actually enjoy.
What is a Stand-up Paddleboard?
Basically, SUP (Stand-up Paddleboard) is a surf style board and a long paddle. In that regard, it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. While originally made popular by surfer Laird Hamilton as he used the paddle to help him catch the towing waves found in Hawaii, SUP is not only for surfing any longer. Standup paddling can be done in a variety of forms such as on flat water lochs to easy beach paddling, to open water paddling and all the way to surfing waves.
Keeping you safe
By using high-quality equipment on all of our trips and tours, from the NRS Thrive Inflatable Paddle Boards and NRS Quest fibreglass paddles to give you the best tools for the job, PFD’s (Personal floatation devices), and the option for wetsuits and splash jackets all go towards keeping you safe while on the water touring or just enjoying some calm water out on the loch.
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Is Paddleboarding a good workout?
Yes, stand up paddleboarding is an excellent workout. Few activities provide such an extensive range, from upper body training to leg work and core strength building. At the same time, it’s also a fairly low-intensity and fun thing to do.
Paddle Board Yoga is a growing part of the sport, ideal for developing core and balance to new levels and testing your Yoga skills to the max.
What conditions are best for SUP?
You can’t always wait for perfect weather to head out on your SUP. You should avoid going out when there are offshore winds, as they can quickly blow you far out to sea, making for an exhausting paddle back to shore. If you are on a loch or inland water there are the same considerations – Scottish weather is very changeable.
What are the benefits of stand up paddleboarding?
Stand up paddle boarding isn’t just about smashing those calories, it’s also a great workout because of its holistic benefits. SUP has a distinctly meditative quality that comes from the ability to dial down and see the world in a slower, more detailed way. Wherever you happen to be, you can use stand up paddleboarding to immerse yourself in the natural landscape and appreciate your setting from a fresh perspective. Here’s more on the benefits:
Stand up paddleboarding is low-impact and relaxing, from touring lochs and rivers, to enjoying the space given by being out on the water with nature, possibly a surf on a local wave or even a quiet yoga session to test your balance.
Does paddleboarding build muscle?
Forget a hardcore weightlifting session. SUP will kick your body into shape but without the residue intensity of other strength-based workouts. It’s also easier to master than say, skiing, and less daunting than something like surfing. It’s up to you how intense you want to make it (current and speed will make the difference) but this is a good activity for anyone who fancies easing themselves into exercise. Surrounded by the beauty of the open landscape, it’s pretty relaxing and you can grab a refresher – by diving into the water – whenever it gets too intense.
Stand up paddleboarding immerses you in nature.
Stand up paddleboarding lets you see the world at a slower pace.
Paddleboard Yoga, originating in America around 2013, is the practice of modern yoga as exercise, and sometimes specific transitions between postures, while stand-up paddleboarding, usually with the board in calm water, such as a loch.
What is SUP Touring?
SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) touring is simply exploring a waterway or coastline with a stand-up paddle board, but it is also much more than that, a way to get to remote and secluded places, and explore places in a low impact way.
How to Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) For Beginners?
Here are 7 key actions to help with your paddleboarding:
How to adjust the paddle size
If you can adjust your paddle size, open the latch, pull the handle to the desired length (use your arm above your head, the handle should reach the wrist), then close the latch. Now you are ready to go on the water.
Take Your SUP Board and Put It in the Water
To help you, use the handle located in the middle of the majority of both rigid and inflatable boards. Then you can just carry your SUP under your arm, as you would a surfboard.
Be very conscious of your fins and the depth of water so as not to damage, make sure that your ankle or waist leash is attached.
Tame Your SUP Board with Your Knees
Take advantage of being on your knees on your board to get the balance under control. Put your paddle in front of you, perpendicular to the board to stabilize it.
Do you feel confident of your support? So then grab your paddle and start rowing on your knees. This will give you a chance to practice your paddle action while having more stability than when standing up.
Rowing on Your Feet on Your Stand Up Paddle Board
To paddle efficiently on an SUP, place your feet in the middle of the board: one next to the other, along an axis perpendicular to the board’s axis.
Plunge your paddle into the water, well forward to optimize your stroke. Bend your body slightly forward and stretch your arms out for leverage. The top arm pushes, while the lower arm pulls!
When the paddle reaches the level of your feet, stop the movement and do it over again. Switch sides every three or four movements.
Position your body properly in stand-up paddle boarding
Much more than your arms, it is your whole body that provides the connection between the paddle and the board. Thus it is your body that transmits the energy you need to advance. As long as it is properly placed!
Once standing, plant yourself firmly and then begin by flexing your knees slightly to adopt an effective paddling position. Stable legs will guarantee good balance.
Even when you’re digging ahead to optimize your paddle stroke, keep your back straight. It’s not your back that curves, but your pelvic area, which transmits the forward motion to your back.
First paddle stroke
You should paddle on both sides to go straight. If you start paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top hand is on the top of the grip. The angle of the paddle faces away from you. Try to keep your arms straight.
Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand. Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.
At first, keep your strokes short and close alongside the board.
Falling and getting back up in SUP—the right way
Falling off your SUP is not a big deal. Still, you have to know how to fall without getting hurt!
Don’t dive forwards or backwards as you might hit your SUP. Try to fall to the sides and keep your paddle forwards so you don’t get hurt with it.
Also, keep a hold on the handle of your paddle so as not to lose it.
And to get back up on the SUP? Position yourself in the middle of the board, place your paddle on it and climb onto it. Then place the paddle perpendicular to the board and get up.
Is paddle boarding difficult?
Stand-up paddle boarding is an accessible and easy water sport to learn, and you can become a skilled paddle boarder in no time. People of all ages and fitness levels are capable of learning to paddleboard in just a few hours with proper instruction – as supplied in all our trips and tours.
Do you wear shoes when paddle boarding?
You have many options and none set in stone, weather, terrain and conditions play a big part as well as duration. The grip on the top of most boards is designed for bare feet, so if it is warm, you don’t need to wear any shoes paddle boarding. If the temperature drops and you still want to get out on your SUP, then light trainers or neoprene boots are a good option.
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