Introduction to Basic Paddle Technique and Turning on a Paddle Board video for beginner or entry-level paddleboards just starting out in the sport and will help familiarize riders with basics techniques required for every day paddling.
After watching the video above, you will learn the entry-level basic techniques and turning skills to get you started with your SUP Paddle boarding
Basic Paddle Stroke
- Extend the stroke as far forward as possible.
- The top arm holding the handle, pushes downward, digs the blade down into the water.
- Once the blade passes your feet, twist your wrist to allow the blade to exit the water easily and give clean releases.
The Basic Turn
- Gently push from the tail of the board toward the nose as wide as you can
- Tips: Keep your knees a little bit bent for stability
- Tips: avoid strong stroke when pushing from the tail to the nose as you can often lose your balance
- Switch side and pull the paddle from the nose to the tail to complete the turn.
The crossbow turn
- Twist your shoulders sideways and lift the paddle across the nose of the board
- Enter the blade as wide as possible and slowly push your paddle toward the nose of the board.
- As you do this, rotate your core and bend your knees to generate power for the stroke
- Switch side and pulling the paddle from the nose to the tail to complete your turn.
The step back turn – is a quick and powerful turn that can be used in a race and a surf.
- Step back with your preferred foot into sideways stance.
- The further back you step, the faster you’ll turn.
- Keep your torso facing forward and eyes fixed on the nose of the board to help with keep your weight aligned and evenly distributed.
- Paddle with wide and strong stroke to turn the board.
- Step back to parallel stance with both feet pointing forward.