It’s the new year and we have the perfect core-workout for our water loving family. Jump on an SUP for some amazing full-body benefits. To get you started we planned a year of amazing full-moon paddle tours and have launched our IWS VIP program where you get one free rental for every ten. Register for our full moon paddle here and stop by the store to sign up for our VIP program!
It might look amazing when Olivia Wilde or other celbs like Orlando Bloom jump on a board, but when you think about doing it yourself, you only see disaster. Jumping on an sup is only something super fit people do who have impeccable balance, right? Wrong!
Stand up paddleboarding is a super easy whole body workout that can burn up to 500 hundred calories an hour while targeting all the major muscle groups and it’s easier than you may think.
“The main muscle groups that are being activated during a paddle are your mid back muscles (latissimus Dorsi), Shoulders (deltoids), Arms (triceps & biceps) and abs. Paddle Boarding is an all-body workout which has more than just the physical rewards, it can also restore your balance and calms your spirit.”, says SUP World Magazine.
It is a workout that is deceptive. While relaxing on the paddleboard you are using your legs for balancing, arms for paddling, and your core and obliques to stay stable.
Step by Step SUP Guide
- When you put your board in the water, be sure that you have placed your board deep enough into the water so that when you put your weight on the board you don’t push the fin into the sandy and/or rocky bottom. Doing so could possibly damage or even break the fin completely off and will stop you from going anywhere.
To start, stand on your board with your feet at hip width apart. Your knees should be slightly bent and your back should be straight. This allows your knees to work like shock absorbers helping you to maintain balance while keeping your weight over the board.
- As a beginner it is easy to want to constantly look down and watch your feet and the board as it pushes its way through the water. However, for best stability and balance keeping your head up, your back straight and your eyes on the horizon centers you on the board as well as over your feet.
- Finding the center of balance on the board is important. Stand in the center of the board with your feet at hip width. Don’t stand too far back on your board as it will cause the nose of your board to tip up creating the board to drag more in the water and move at a much slower pace. And, standing too close to the nose of your board will cause the nose to sink.
- Be sure that the paddle blade is angled forward. Your first instinct is to hold the paddle backwards to cup the water, however paddling in this position tends to push the water up while pulling your board down. Hold your paddle straight up and down and pull it back in a straight line. Make sure the paddle is not too far away from your board. Hold the paddle with your hand near the center of the paddle and the place the other over the top.
- When you begin paddling be sure that the blade is fully in the water before your pull back to get the most power and stability.
Check out this video for a great all-round guide to SUP basics
Want to learn more? Island Camps also offers SUP lessons. Jump on board with a friend and one of our amazing instructors.