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Starting-up: (SUP) Stand Up Paddle Boarding FAQs

We have attempted to answer some of the most common question asked by beginners in SUP. Here's a list of questions and answers.

Q: Do I need waves in order to paddleboard?
A: Even though paddleboards look like oversized surfboards, you don't need waves in order to enjoy this self-propelled sport. In fact, flat water is preferred for building your paddleboard skills.

Q: Where can I rent a board?
A: Most surf shops that sell paddleboards also rent them. It's a great way to test out the sport before you commit to buying.

Q: What size paddleboard is best for me?
A: The choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. Talk to a SUP specialist for help choosing the right paddleboard for you.

Q: What should I wear for paddleboarding?
A: Wear clothing that lets you move and can get wet: a T-shirt and shorts or a swimsuit work well in warm weather. In cold weather when hypothermia is a concern, wear a wetsuit or drysuit. Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).

Q: Do I need to wax the top of the paddleboard?
A: Some paddleboards have a traction pad attached to the top of the board. These provide reliable grip and should not be waxed. If you choose a paddleboard that doesn't have such a pad or soft-top, you'll need to use a base wax and a grip wax to provide traction.

Q: How do I transport the board on my car?
A: A roof rack is best. Use a bar pad on the rack in order to protect the board. Be sure to stack the board on the roof with the fin up, towards the front. Use surf-specific straps that won't crush the board's foam when you strap it down.

Q: Can the fins on a paddleboard be removed?
A: Yes, they can be removed for travel or storage. They help you navigate through the water, though, so be sure you paddle with them attached.

Q: Where is the best place to stand on a paddleboard?
A: Just behind the center point of the board. The nose (front) of the board shouldn't pop out of the water, and the tail shouldn't dig in.

Q: Can I take a paddleboard in rivers?
A: Yes, you can paddleboard almost any navigable body of water.

Q: Can you surf with a paddleboard?
A: Yes, but learn to surf in an empty break before you enter the lineup. When you get good, remember to share the waves!

Q: What does a full paddle boarding setup cost?
A: Prices varies from region to region. Take your time and do some research about which type of boardd is right for you and your budget.



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