How to Hold Your Inflatable Paddle Board
How to hold an inflatable paddleboard
To make the most of your surface, stroke, and posture, it is essential to know how to hold a SUP paddle. The paddle’s anatomy, the optimum orientation of the blade, grip, and hand position are then dissected. We will teach you how to bring more strength into your stroke so that you can paddle more easily and enjoy the water more!
Your board can also keep a paddle on and off the water with paddle mounts!
SUP Paddle Parts
Paddles come in all shapes and sizes, but a few main sections of a SUP paddle appear to be consistent in most designs. These are the parts to which most SUP instructors and professional paddlers refer. It is effortless, but it helps to know exactly what someone means when looking for directions for holding a SUP paddle. It’s quite essential.
- T-Bar Grip – T-shaped ergonomic paddle top built to fit in your hand comfortably.
- Shaft – the extended cylindrical portion of the paddle to the other side.
- Throat – where the shaft reaches the blade and starts spreading.
- Blade – flat, large paddle area.
- Tip – the blade top.
Basic SUP Paddle parts
You will not find them on every paddle, but when deciding which SUP paddle to pick, they’re worth looking at.
The size seen on the shaft under the T bar enables users to change their paddle accurately to their necessary length. Having once found your perfect length in a position where you stand and kneel, recall the numbers, and you won’t have to devise again. Then you will be able to resize your paddle exactly where you like it, only by changing it to your number while on the water.
The two double lock pin and clasp mechanisms are going down the shaft. With a reassuring snap and press, they give a simple and easy mount and make sure your blade is twice secured in the paddle. You can also attach a second blade to the kayak paddle to convert your SUP paddle.
We put our logo on the front of the blade to make it easy to recognize. You should see the visuals you are facing when paddling and automatically know how to handle a SUP paddle correctly.
- Scale – Change the paddle to the length you like.
- Dual Lock Pin & Clasp – Spring ball and locking mechanism for simple, easy mounting. The clasp secures your blade twice.
- Paddle Blade front – quickly distinguish the paddle blade’s front face with the graphics of our logo.
SUP Paddle Direction: Blade Angle Explained
As seen in the paddle graph, the blade does not come straight down from the shaft. It’s at an angle instead. The reason it’s in a corner is that the shape allows you to move the water down. That pushes your board (making the water less friction) up and moves you forward. However, you have to keep your paddle correctly to take advantage of the SUP paddle style.
The mark and the graphic can quickly identify the front of the blade. If you can see it when you paddle, you can know that you keep the paddle properly.
It’s pretty easy to hold your blade correctly, but it’s fundamental. This primary technique is essential to learn. Keeping the paddle back or wrongly lets the engineering work against you behind the paddle’s architecture. Instead, it can lead you easily. Make sure that your paddle blade angles away. When you keep your paddle completely upright and can see the bladder face, the bladder tip should be pulled away from your body (at an angle). Please see the explanation photo.
When holding correctly, the paddle blade angle should tilt away from you.
At the beginning of the stroke, a right blade angle moves the board’s nose up and out of the water. As you lean into your stroke’s power phase, the blade is perpendicular to the seabed to quickly drive you forward.
Your paddle angle is correct with one easy trick.
We made it easy for beginners to note when they keep their paddles backward. As long as you can see the paddle graph, you are acceptable at the blade’s right angle.
Take your SUP paddle.
If your paddle is seized correctly, you can boost your stroke. It lets you paddle more efficiently and comfortably. And that means more fun, of course! On top of the paddle, you want a hand. It is called the grip or the “T” bar because of its shape. Then use the other hand to grab the handle. Make sure the shoulder width is at least different from the other hand on the top.
You lose control of your stroke if your hands are too close together. A shoulder width or broader grip gives you the torque you need to pull effectively through the water. Try it the next time you’re on the water to experience it. Stack the hands together because they’re too close, then extend the grip so that one hand is nearly on the paddle blade. You’ll instantly feel an immense difference when it is quick (or brutal) to pull yourself through the water.
A simple way to ensure that your hands don’t go too tight or too far away.
Have your hands in the right place
It is essential to concentrate on your hand position until you can develop your overall technique. Paddlers often place their hands too tight or too far apart. But don’t think about overcoming this is a trick.
Lift the paddle above the head with one hand on the T-bar grip and the other on the handle. Imagine you’re trying with your hands to make the letter ‘Y.’ Now bring the paddle back to the top of your head. Place your hands at a 90-degree angle to your elbows. With one hand on the T-bar grip and the elbow’s 90-degree tip, slip on the other hand to a 90-degree tilt.
Now your hands are in a strong position to get a firm stroke!
The hand that holds the shaft should be the same as the side from which you paddle. Your left-hand lies on the post while you paddle on the left.
What’s in the T-bar Grip, And What’s in the shaft?
Which hand goes on top and which hand is put on the SUP paddles’ shaft depends on the board’s side on which you paddle. Your outside arm should carry the post (lower placement). Your inner arm (upper position) is expected to grasp the peak. So, grab the shaft with your left hand if you paddle on the left hand, and grip the top with your right hand. If you paddle on the right side, hold onto the shaft with your right hand and hold your left hand to the tip.
See the photo above to see what it feels like when you paddle left. Only switch your right-hand positions to paddle. Experience yourself as you paddle, and you can understand why easily.
Time to grab your SUP paddle and paddle and head to the water to get a better grasp.
Keeping the paddle correctly increases power.
You take advantage of the style of your paddle with the right grip. This ensures a better stroke. You get more strength and energy when you paddle with a faster stroke. Now that you know how to carry your SUP paddle properly, your overall water quality is improving. And that makes your SUP experience even more fun. In no time will it be easy to find the right grip and focus yourself on the most critical aspect of paddleboarding.
Now is the time to evaluate what you have learned. Come out and try it yourself!