How to Prevent Paddle Board Hand Blisters
How to avoid SUP Hand Blisters
Reduce friction and block pressure
Some individuals are more likely than others to blister. My hands are weary and never blister while boarding a canoe. (However, my feet easily blister when backpacking) You should take precautions to avoid blisters when boarding paddles. And if you always paddle your paws, good news will harden and grow callousness.
- Loosen the hold
The number 1 cause of paddle blisters holds the paddle too close. We call it a “death grip.” It’s a loose grip on the correct way to handle a paddle.
A close grip can lead to blisters, braces, elbows and shoulders. You gain versatility as you loosen your hold. Your stroke will be more successful. You’re not tired as easy. Your paddle stroke is fluid and normal. You’re becoming a much stronger paddler.
Don’t split the bird
Sam Snead golfing legend said he was carrying a golf club as softly as a baby bird. I’ll use the idea to carry a super paddle.
You must capture a bird well enough not to fly free. But baby birds are fragile, so you must also be careful not to hurt them.
Think about it when you hold your paddle and you never get blisters
- Proper place of hand
Think of your lower hand as a crochet. Don’t pick up the paddle with your hand in full. Crochet it with your fingertips. You don’t have to have any pressure. Keep it bright. Keep it light.
Top Hand Left Hand
The thumb should be on top (above) or neutral (on the side) when holding the top handle. Don’t curl your thumb around the handle rim.
Your grasp is so light that it almost doesn’t matter. Please place your hand on the handle rather than grab it.
You want to move your hand externally. Out of your body and away from it. You rotate internally while your thumb is down, which can lead to painful shoulder involvement.
- Knurling effortlessly on your paddle
Some paddlers with sensitive hands are reporting that the blisters stopped when they pulled the rough edges away from the sandpaper knurling. Others wrapped the knurling in shrink wrap. You can also purchase an EVO-padded replacement T-handle. You can get padded hand-grips for the paddle shaft.
- Waterproof tape protect hot spots
The easiest way to avoid blisters is to use New-Skin Liquid Bandage and/or waterproof handbandage. Before each session, add them to hot spots. You should try paddling without tape as your hands start to toughen up. But keep it in your car handy. You should take a break and add a tape if you see blisters forming. See New Skin on Amazon here. See Amazon waterproof tape here.
- Try to wear your gloves
For the occasional paddler only gloves might be the safest. Gloves will weaken your grip much. Most superboarders enjoy the “shape” of the paddle’s bare hands.
The boarding group is divided into gloves. Some people love them and many don’t care about them. When my hands are cold, I only wear gloves. So I can’t tell how powerful blisters are.
Blister-prevention boarders who don’t want gloves claim they’re pointless. When wet, they say the gloves create extra friction and intensify the blisters.
On the other hand, I have heard paddle boarders saying gloves are very well secured against blisters! I’ve seen golf paddles and even cotton gardening gloves swear!
My thoughts are that you have to find the right pair of skin gloves. People who blister easily can have to try various kinds of gloves. I ‘d start with fingerless neoprene padded gloves.
Gloves are meant to fit snugly. Seams do not run across friction areas.
- A couple of suggestions
Don’t purposely pop your blisters. Leave them alone. Leave them alone. Let them pop alone. If they pop when you paddle, that’s all right. If after a sup session you have a couple of blisters, leave them alone. Enable them to dry up and nature forms callous.
Don’t use your hands with a moisturiser. Let your hands dry. Let your hands dry. Soggy, wet hands do not perform blisters to treat. Keep them dry and they will inevitably form nonsense.
Take waterproof handband, Fresh Skin and paddling gloves at the campsite … if required.