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Carrying Your Board to the Water
If your stand up paddleboard has been designed with a built-in handle (all the Magoo range have one of these), carrying it is a breeze. Just lean the board on its rail (edge), reach for the handle and tuck the board under one arm. Carry your paddle with the other hand.
For longer distances, or if your board has no handle, you can more easily carry your paddleboard on your head. Here's how:
Or grab yourself a trolley and wheel your board around with ease!
Start out on Calm Water
When you're learning the sport, it's best to start out in ideal conditions: flat, calm water that's free of obstacles like boats and buoys.
When you're a beginner, it's easier to kneel on the board rather than to stand directly upright. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Once you're ready, stand up on the board one foot at a time. Place your feet where your knees were. You might also bring a friend to wade out about knee-deep with your board. Have your friend stabilize the board as you get the hang of standing on it.
A few tips to help you keep your balance as you stand upright on the paddleboard:
Once you've practiced balancing on the board in flat water, it's time to take off on a paddleboarding excursion—where the real fun begins. Here are some pointers for getting started with the basic paddleboarding stroke.
There are several straightforward ways to turn a paddleboard:
Stand up paddleboarding is relatively easy to learn, but expect to take the occasional fall as you're gaining skills. For those inevitable times you lose your balance:
Common Beginner's Mistakes in Paddleboarding
These mistakes are easy to make when you're starting out. Try to avoid them and you'll have a lot more fun on the water:
Paddleboarding: Next Steps
Once you've mastered the basics, there's almost no limit to the watery worlds you can explore on your stand up paddleboard. Play in the waves and ocean surf, carve turns or learn new strokes. You might find yourself wanting a narrower, more maneuverable board as you become more adept.
Meanwhile, get out there, enjoy the view and have a great time on your SUP!
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