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SUP Techniques for Beginners

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In this blog we will highlight the best sup techniques for beginners. As a beginner it is important to know some basic stand up paddle techniques. There are a number of important basic techniques when Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

SUP Equipment

It is very important to learn the correct SUP techniques, so you prevent injuries and a lot of energy wasted. But for someone who wants to start supping, it is also important to choose the right Paddle board. Make sure you have a stable paddle board so that your board already offers a lot of stability, so you don’t have to focus (too) much on your balance.Are you also looking for information about which beginners Paddle-Board suits you best? Then take a look at our advice guide.

Most important SUP tips

What is important in the correct sup technique to be able to sup over the water as efficiently as possible?
We have summarized 5 important tips for sup techniques for beginners below.

1. Feet: it is best to put your feet shoulder width apart
2. Posture: make sure your knees are slightly bent
3. Paddle: it is important to know how to hold your paddle. One hand on top of the handle and the other hand about 40 cm below it
4. Insertion: the paddle must be correctly inserted into the water. The paddle has a back and front! The front is the concave side and the back is the convex. The convex side faces forward when paddling
5. Out: the paddle has to get out of the water in time, everything behind your feet is a waste of your energy. So always make sure that the paddle comes out of the water at the height of your feet

3 Basic SUP Techniques

Sup technique 1: Sweep strokes

Sup technique 2: Draw strokes

And finally SUP technique 3: straight supping!

Also read our other interesting Stand Up Paddle blogs for beginners:
Sup tips for beginners and basic techniques for Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

David Ziessen

I'm David Ziessen, one of the SUP specialists at Isupcenter. Since 2013 I have been renting out Paddle Boards and teaching stand up paddling to people. Thanks to years of experience, I know all the ins - and outs of stand up paddling. Do you need some advice? I would love to help you!