Paddle boarding is one of the most simple and least expensive summer pastimes to enjoy with friends.
All you have to do is hire a stand-up paddleboard, also known as a SUP, and head to a body of water to get started. Using this method, you can easily explore Lake Coeur d’Alene and the neighboring rivers, and it’s simple enough for the entire family. However, if you’re new to stand-up paddle boarding, you may not be familiar with the most effective tactics for paddling. A few pointers on proper stand-up paddleboard stroke technique have been compiled to make your first time out a little less intimidating.
The blade slope should be directed away from you.
It might appear to be common sense to believe that you should hold the paddle in such a way that the blade slopes toward you and the paddle “scoops” the water when paddling. However, because of the laws of physics, this is not the most efficient method. Alternately, hold your paddle in the opposite direction so that the blade pushes down on the water as you paddle. The result is a lift in the water that allows you to glide across the surface.
The other hand is placed on top.
If you’re paddling on the right side of the board, your left after should be on the top of the paddle, and vice versa when paddling on the left. Each time you swap sides, you’ll have to change your hold. It’s all about the fundamentals. Instead of attempting to make your arms do all of the work, make use of your core when paddling to increase your efficiency. To achieve this, position yourself on the board facing forward with a slight bend in your knees, and paddle with your gaze fixed on the horizon (not down at your feet.)
Push past the paddle you’re using.
As an alternative to just pulling your paddle through the water, consider pulling yourself beyond your paddle. Pour obtenir the best results from your stroke, press the paddle down until it is completely buried in the water, then pull the paddle back until it is level with your ankle. Are you ready to get your feet wet? The Boardwalk Marina on Lake Coeur d’Alene is a great place to rent a paddle board.