Begineer Guide Stand Up Paddle : What every newbie needs to know

Begineer Guide Stand Up Paddle : What every newbie needs to know

Begineer Guide Stand Up Paddle

Stand up paddle (SUP) is an accessible and fun water activity, perfect for exploring various bodies of water while getting some exercise. Whether you’re drawn to calm lake paddling, river adventures, or ocean waves, this beginner’s guide will provide you with all the information you need to start with confidence.

1. Choosing the Right Equipment

SUP Board

  • Inflatable or Rigid: Inflatable SUPs, like the Mahana, Prime, and Bullet models from ARI'I NUI, are ideal for beginners due to their stability and ease of transport. Rigid SUPs generally offer better performance for more advanced paddlers.
  • Dimensions: Beginners should opt for a wider and thicker board for better stability. For example, the Prime model at 10.6 feet long, 33 inches wide, and 6 inches thick is excellent for starting out.


  • Adjustable: Choose an adjustable paddle to find the perfect length for you.
  • Material: Aluminum paddles are affordable and sturdy, while fiberglass or carbon paddles are lighter and offer better performance.

Other Accessories

  • Leash: Essential for staying attached to your board in case of a fall.
  • Pump: A good pump is necessary to quickly and efficiently inflate your SUP.

2. Learning the Basic Techniques

Standing Up on the Board

  • Start on your knees at the center of the board.
  • Place a paddle in front of you, balanced on the board.
  • Place one foot at a time where your knees were, keeping your knees slightly bent.
  • Slowly stand up while keeping the paddle balanced.

Position and Balance

  • Parallel Feet: Place your feet parallel, shoulder-width apart.
  • Slightly Bent Knees: Keep your knees slightly bent to maintain balance.
  • Look Ahead: Look ahead, not at your feet, for better stability.

Paddling Correctly

  • Top Hand on the Handle: Hold the paddle with one hand on the top handle and the other on the shaft.
  • Dip the Paddle: Dip the paddle in the water near the front of the board and pull it back alongside the board.
  • Alternate Sides: Paddle on each side to maintain a straight direction.

3. Safety on the Water

Check Weather Conditions

  • Wind and Waves: Avoid strong winds and high waves, especially as a beginner.
  • Water Temperature: Wear a wetsuit if the water is cold.

Navigation Areas

  • Designated Zones: Paddle in designated SUP areas, away from boats and other hazards.
  • Stay Close to Shore: Don’t venture too far from the shore, especially if you’re a beginner.

Safety Rules

  • Don’t Paddle Alone: Always paddle with a buddy or inform someone of your route.
  • Use the Leash: Always wear a leash to stay connected to your board.

4. Tips for Progressing

Regular Practice

Short, Frequent Sessions: Practice regularly, even if it’s just for short sessions, to improve your balance and technique.

Lessons and Courses

  • Take Lessons: Taking lessons from a certified instructor can greatly accelerate your progress.
  • Join a Community: Join a SUP community or group to share tips and experiences.

Advanced Techniques

  • Turns and Pivots: Learn to turn by shifting your weight and using different paddling techniques.
  • Waves and Surf: For the more adventurous, learn to ride small waves once you master the basics.

Stand up paddle is an incredibly rewarding activity that combines the joy of being on the water with excellent physical exercise. By following this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to start your SUP adventure and make the most of every outing. Don’t forget to check out the range of inflatable and rigid SUPs from ARI'I NUI to find the perfect equipment for your start.

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