Best Places for Stand Up Paddling


This episode of stand up paddling TV is
brought to you by the ACA – improving the paddle sports experience for over a
century. Learn more at SUP-ACA.org One of the greatest things about
stand-up paddleboarding is there are so many great places to explore, whether you live
near a lake, river, pond, or the ocean. But that being said, one of the most important
skills to learn for stand up paddling, is how to choose an appropriate paddling
location. By knowing what to look for and what to avoid, you’ll stay safe and
ensure that your paddling experience is fun for everyone involved. The ideal
stand up paddleboarding environment has protection from wind and waves, good
access points for launching and landing, plenty of places to go ashore and
minimal boat traffic. Look for calm bays, or quiet lakes and river ways without
noticeable current. Although it can be tempting to search out more remote locations,
populated areas are nice, because there will usually be someone around who can
lend a hand in the event that something goes wrong. This is also why it’s important that you
don’t paddle alone, because there really is safety in numbers when it comes to
being out on the water. As a general rule, if you venture into
water that isn’t protected from wind and waves, or if you travel further from
shore than you could comfortably swim back, you should be an experienced and
self-reliant paddleboarder. Although the ocean and large lakes can sometimes be incredibly
calm, and do offer an ideal paddling environment, you need to appreciate how
quickly the weather can turn, and how dynamic these environments can be. If you do plan
on paddling in exposed areas, make sure you check the weather forecast before
going out, and keep your eyes peeled for any signs of bad weather. It’s also
important that you’re aware of different take-out points, so that you won’t feel compelled to
challenge deteriorating conditions to get back to your original launch point. Now, if
it’s SUP surfing that you’re interested in doing, you need to appreciate how
dangerous an uncontrolled paddleboard can be for the people around you. And so the
best places to learn to surf are soft sandy beaches with knee high waves, where no
one else is surfing. only when you’re confident and competent should you
consider venturing into surf zones with other surfers around. So there you have it – a simple breakdown
of how to select the appropriate paddling environment for your skill
level. If you enjoyed this video and you want to learn more, make sure you subscribe to our stand up
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  1. So good!! Thank you for making a video like this. I am passionate about helping create SUP (and other paddling sports) safety awareness. This is an amazing resource to help further pass that message on. Good work!

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