Tips for Paddle Boarding In Very Strong Wind 

Tips for Paddle Boarding In Very Strong Wind 

Still get caught in the unforeseen wind while boarding paddles. It’s not really a fun experience if you know it. It can actually be terrifying and dangerous. 

It can be the best of us regardless of how much you schedule and examine the weather and tides. 

I’ve been caught a few times when I just had to step on. 

I had to go down low and strength to get back to the coast with the white caps spraying up and the winds hit me hard. This isn’t a pleasant sensation. 

Offshore winds can be unpredictable, i.e. the wind flowing from the shore to the sea or to the lake or river you hurry. 

If you just learn to paddle up close to the shore and forget to paddle board in those windy days. 

But if you’re fighting heavy winds, there are a couple of things that you can do to make sure you stay on your board and get a bit more control of the windy conditions so you get back securely. 


If you have difficulty managing your board and continuing, paddle your board canoe-style. 

Glide your hands down the paddle shaft so they are much lower and power through the heart. 

You’ll have even better power over the wind and choppy water on your feet. 

If your board hits the swells sideways try to at least slightly turn the nose of your board into the swells so that you are over them instead of risking being tipped over. 

I could cope with most windy conditions by paddling on my knees until it was safe to stand up again. 


If you fight a losing battle and can not step forward even if you paddle from your knees, bring the paddle under your chest and lie on your stomach. 

With your arms alternating to the left, paddle your SUP surf board style. This helps you to go under the wind and step on to the sea. 

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This can be difficult depending on how far you would move and will tax the strength of your upper body. It is strongly suggested that you practise this manoeuvre so that you can always be familiar with it. 


Although upwind paddling can be painfully hard, downwind paddling can be extremely pleasant. 

A downwind is when you paddle from where you start to go into the wind and allow the wind and the waves to propel you up to a further downwind. 

You have to leave a vehicle at the end so that you can get back to where you started. 

Normally you’re going to use a nice downwind paddle board. This can be a perfect way to get out of the water and have a windy day. 

Downwinders can be exciting, but also require some practise to get yourself relaxed. 


A wider board in windy conditions will feel more stable and safe. It will therefore also take more time to step forward and to paddle slower through the wind. 

What size you select will depend on your level of ability and the weight of your board. 

Whatever the scale of your SUP, the two tips above also refer to wind and choppy water. 

5 Top Health TIPS

There are still certain protections to keep the wind or no wind secure in a paddling adventure. 

1. Friend PADDLE.

It’s never a myth to paddle with a friend. It’s not only great fun to share the experience with a friend, but also lets you have a second person and board out if something goes wrong. 

When you go out to paddle alone, let someone know where you will be and what time you are planning to be back. 


It is mostly legal to have a personal flotation device on your paddleboard with you, but you don’t have to wear it. 

The PFD is also deposited on your board on calm lakes and rivers under the burgees. 

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However, it is important for ocean paddling and downwind adventures to wear your PFD. 

There are special PFD belt packs around your tail that are incredibly light and easy to wear while standing up paddling. 

On most of my paddling trips, I use belt pack life jackets. These are my favourite PFDs for paddle boarding. 

I also wear a standard lifejacket for long-distance ocean paddles farther from the shore. My dogs still stay healthy while they are on my board with their own PFDs. 

Use your common sense when choosing a PFD based upon your paddling, swimming and comfort on the water. 

3. A Mobile PHONE Carry 

I don’t know if anyone goes without their mobile phones anymore, but it can be very helpful to have one with you while paddling. 

I didn’t lose one but TWO iPhones when I dropped them into the water when taking a photo on my board. 

So I encourage you to take one with you but don’t be just like me (or possibly you won’t hear your girlfriend or friends ever hear the end of your end) – always keep your cell secure in a dry bag or waterproof case. 🙂 

When an emergency arises, support may be sought. 

4. Work THE Sun! 

A SUP leash is particularly necessary for windy conditions to wear. 

If you fall off your SUP, your board will not be swept down. 

No matter how good you are from a swimmer, nothing can be done if your board is swept away by the wind and waves. 

Your life could be saved by a leash! 

5. THEY Study 

It is really important to know the place where you will be paddling. 

Before you go, do your homework, check the weather and know the tides. 

There are some lakes near me, for instance, which in the afternoon I know get windy. 

I either prepare for the wind or just go when the water is calm in the morning. 

Knowing the environment will not only allow you to remain secure, but also allow you to know your way to a new environment. 

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However, it is important to observe the environment even with the best analysis. 

See how the trees blow and how the water swirls and speak to other paddlers. 

Knowing the local scenery will make all the difference in a super enjoyable excursion. 


Wind is always inevitable, but you don’t have to abandon the paddle and board at home. 

Use the above tips to prepare a safe SUP journey and effectively tackle heavy wind if required. 

Exploring various SUP areas can be a wonderful experience. Be intelligent, stay healthy, but go out and explore. 

Good paddling! Good paddling!

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