If you've ever surfed, then you have a small advantage when it comes to going into the water with a SUP. That is because it is really about balance. If you have a strong core of yoga or similar exercises, then with a SUP you will quickly be able to master the exercises. If not, it won't take you too long to get the hang of it. In addition, you can paddle on your knees or while sitting until you can stand comfortably.
But first, let's look at all the equipment you might need before you hit the water with your stand-up paddle board for the first time.
The most important thing you will need is a SUP paddle. You can't replace a kayak or canoe paddle because they are made differently. For the best results, you should get yourself a paddle that is about 8 to 10 centimeters longer than yourself. When buying a paddle, pay attention to the technical data, as some paddles swim and others do not. Important to note if you are in deep water, as you do not want your paddle to sink to the bottom.
Even if it doesn't look cool, wearing a personal swimming aid is simply a good safety measure. Sure, you don't see all the paddlers off the California coast wearing a SUP life jacket, but for safety reasons - Don't you want to be secured just in case?
If you paddle on flat water, you may not benefit from this, but a line is necessary for many paddlers. With a SUP-line you don't have to worry that your board will get out of your way if you accidentally fall into the water. Especially important for those who surf with their paddleboard.
Other things you might want to buy but don't necessarily need include a traction pad (if your board doesn't have one), a seat (if you need one for your board), a tote bag or roof rack, a storage compartment, sunscreen clothing and cold water Shoes.