Typically, there are seven very basic mistakes that a lot of people especially beginners make when trying paddle boarding. As a matter of fact, avoiding these mistakes will help you make a smooth beginning, even save your life.
Let us unleash the common mistakes, so you could avoid them!
Buying the wrong paddleboard
The best practice suggests starting out by renting boards rather than buying one for yourself. Once a comfort level is set on board, you will begin to comprehend what kind of paddling you enjoy the most.
There are a plethora of boards available, and all-rounders are the most common type of board. But that does not mean you should invest in it. The key is to understand what type of paddling you like, the only way is to rent a paddleboard and get on the water.
For beginners, wider boards are recommended because of it’s stability. Don’t rush yourself in buying either a cheap board or the most expensive one. If you really want to buy one, search for a good quality, durable and mid-level priced paddleboard around $500.
Holding the paddle wrongly
This is the most common mistake made by first-timers.
The right way to hold a paddle is with the blade flexed away from the body of the rider. At first, it may feel weird but once you start paddling you will realize how this works. You can search for a video on how to hold a paddle in the correct way.
Paddling, the wrong way
Paddling backward is the most common mistake
committed by rookies. Don’t use the paddle to shove-off the bottom of the water body.
Starting with choppy water flow
Getting started with paddleboarding? The best option is to try when the water is flat. Balance is a quintessential element of paddleboarding, so if you are struggling with the balance you can never focus on technique. And, as a beginner, you might want to get the correct technique as fast as possible. Choppy water flow will only make beginners frustrated.
Ignoring the importance of board leash
Board leash is the most important safety gear while paddleboarding. Beginners may have a hard time maintaining balance on the board, in case you fell, you don’t have to swim for your paddleboard. Never ignore the significance of board leash, always wear one.
Paddling with the wind
Make use of your core strength
If your core is strong, there is hardly anything that would bring you down while you are on that paddleboard. More than your arms, rely on your core strength as they are known to be the strongest muscles in your body and if capitalized on appropriately, it will inevitably furnish you with the right amount of power for your paddle stroke. When you are standing straight on the board and tackling the paddle, your arms will start feeling tired and soon you will be ripped off all your strength. Hence, to evade any such probability, tighten your core and let those muscles do the job for you.
Face the right way
If you are a newbie, you might not recognize the nose of the paddleboard and end up facing the opposite direction. To discern that you are paddling the right way, check where the fins of the board are and ensure that they are in the back when you jump on to the board for paddling. For those of you who might not know there is a term popularly referred to as tracking in the books of paddleboarding; tracking is what improves your grip on the rough surfaces of the water and that occurs only when the fins are at the back.
Storing paddle board in the Sun
The best practices suggest storing paddle boards in a dry and shady place. It’s just that prolonged exposure may lead to discoloration and cracking of the boards.
Apart from these common mistakes to avoid, here are a few key tips for beginners.
- Choose right gear
- Board Leash is mandatory
- Mind the wind direction while planning paddleboarding
- Avoid the above mentioned five mistakes
- Learn the correct paddling technique
- Engage your core
- Wear lifejacket
- Use the buddy system
- Do not go out farther than you can swim
- Keep your head-up
- Only ride the waves you can handle
We hope these paddle boarding this journal will help you become a better paddler and help you to enjoy paddleboarding safely.