“Beginners learn most of the core skill-set in their 1st 3-5 hrs.”Dave Kalama

Starting Out

Paddle Boarding is EASY TO LEARN…Beginners learn most of the core skill-set in their 1st 4-5hrs on board. A beginner lesson is a great way to get started off with sound technique & basic fundamentals….plus, it allows you to determine what type/size of board suites you best.

The plethora of SUP activities will open a world of new adventures & activities…from SUP Fishing to SUP Yoga.

Most boards have a built-in carrying handle for easy carrying. A good way to schlep your SUP longer distances is to balance the board on your head & hold it steady with both arms on the rails.

Then there are a variety transportation accessories like simple board bags all the way to Paddle Board Bike Racks so you can roll up to the beach in style…no seriously, they have these and they’re awesome.

 Standing UP “Mounting”

Basic Paddling Positions 

  • PRONE – lay stomach down on the board & use your arms to paddle.
  • KNEE – paddle from your knees kayak style – great for beginners to get a feel for how the board reacts in the water.

Mounting the Board

  • Pull the board into the water until you are 2 or 3 feet deep, enough so the fin doesn’t drag.
  • Position the paddle on the board in a perpendicular direction (across).
  • Pull yourself up on the board lying on your stomach or directly to the knee position in the center of the board.
  • Come to the all fours position, grab the rails to keep steady while you stand up 1 foot at a time, bringing the paddle up as you release your hands from the rails.
  • Now, position your feet shoulder width apart facing forward, bend your knees slightly so it looks like you know what your doing…and head out on your 1st journey in the lifestyle of SUP…where limitless adventures & friendships await.
…the lifestyle of SUP…where limitless adventures & new friendships await.Cory Rider ~ C-RIDE SUP Founder

 Paddle Stroke Technique

Paddle Grip
Paddler's Box

Paddler’s Box                       (elbows at 90 degree angle)

“The Paddler’s Box” is useful determine a good grip for efficient paddling. Most beginners hold the shaft close to the handle. Think of it like your holding a 20lb weight in a shovel, the closer your hands are together the harder is is to keep up.

NOTE: Tape the shaft where your bottom hand is & use as a reference.

Position the paddle so the blade elbow (angle) is facing forward, gripping the handle with your right hand when paddling on the left side…& vice-versa.

Advanced Paddle Strokes
Tahitian Stroke

Often used for racing.

Utilizes short strokes to quickly gain momentum.

Similar technique to the forward stroke, except enter the blade (the catch) as far forward as you can & take the paddle out in front of your feet.

Then, similar to the standard forward stroke, feather the blade and repeat.

Hawaiian Stroke

A more powerful stroke, better for shorter distance paddling.

On the catch, use your top hand, arm & shoulder to drive the paddle deep into the water. Shift your weight in order to drive the paddle more efficiently. Take the paddle out at your feet.

This longer stroke will require more energy, so for longer distance paddling the Tahitian is recommended.