JOBE: Introduction to Standup paddle boarding in 10 steps

Posted on 07/04/2019 by Raquel Monteiro
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You don’t want to lie lazily on the beach? You want to stay in shape while you are on holidays? JOBE SUP is all about standup paddle boarding! This sport is the coolest thing this summer and will conquer all holiday destinations and celeb magazines. You can lose weight in mountain ranges, on lakes and in calm seas with this fabulous sport, have fun and enjoy the breathtaking sceneries.

But before you get serious about it, we suggest starting with a small, practical guideline and here we’ll give you a few tips and tricks. Here is the most important advice to enjoy a flying start with SUP.

1. SUP – what is it actually?

This sport has taken seas, rivers and lakes by storm in recent years – you stand on a board with a paddle in your hand. And it is ideal for everyone: it is less acrobatic than kite surfing, less difficult than surfing, less technical than wind surfing – beginners prefer to learn on calm waters; pros love the waves. Advantages for your figure? Leg and stomach muscles ensure balance. Therefore you easily burn off 500 calories per hour!

2. The right choice for the right board

The decision has been made – you are keen to go paddle boarding! First step: the choice of the board. This part is fundamental because there is no board that is suitable for everyone. The board must rather be chosen according to the following criteria: your knowhow, your level and your program.

JOBE offers inflatable boards; what advantages does this bring? Quite clearly saving space. JOBE offers three types of boards in this category:

Aero SUP 10.6 et 11.6, both boards for drifting, which is advantageous for beginners and more advanced people on calm waters.

Aero Yoga SUP 10.6 is a board, which offers stability above all, in order to satisfy the needs of all yogis and yoginis around the world.

Aero SUP 12.6 is a board with a large volume and little width, the ultimate device to paddle longer distances and in order to discover every channel and river.

3. Pump up the board

The board needs to be pumped up to 18-20 PSI (1.24 – 1.38 Bar). It then needs to be tightened with a screw.

4. To stand up on the board

In order to climb onto the board, you lay the paddle across it. Put a knee onto the board followed by your other knee. Stay in the middle of the board just on your knees for a while in order to control your stability.

5. To stand up

You don’t need to be an acrobat to manage this step. While on your knees you put the paddle vertically on the board. Bring one foot forward and then the second one but stay in a stooped position. Then get up very slowly and fixate a point on the horizon. Your toes should point towards the tip of the board and the feet are in the middle of the board. Hold your feet parallel to one another and away from the board sides.

6. To stay upright

As soon as you stand like a real homo sapiens, you bend your knees for paddling, you take up a comfortable position and you hold your back straight in order to keep the balance. Your legs and stomach muscles will work together to stabilise this position. Hold the paddle at the top with one hand (to dip it into the water), and with the other hand in the middle (in order to pull the paddle from the front to the back).

If you paddle on the port side, your right hand holds the upper part of the paddle. When you paddle on the starboard side, it is the left hand.

7. To paddle straight

You are standing upright? Great! You paddle like a boss? Great!! Now try to paddle in a straight line. Dip the paddle into the water in front of you and pull it to where your feet are. There is no point pulling it further because this will just cost you speed. Alternate three paddle strokes left, and three right. And there you go: it works..

8. Change of direction

In order to change the direction, you paddle on the side, which is the opposite side to the desired one. To rotate on the spot, you dip the paddle into the water and stroke backwards.

9. Safety first

Before you tackle this great adventure of SUP, ensure that weather conditions are suitable. Make sure you have the correct protection. Use a leash so not to lose the board when you fall into the water.

10. Last steps

The first round is done! Before you go home, the board needs to be cleaned, dried and emptied. Ensure that you haven’t left anything behind in the water either!

Are you ready to conquer the world of SUP? Board sport fans: sun, nature and fun are waiting for you!

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