Get a SUPer training - part 2

Get a SUPer training - part 2

Now it’s time to get wet and understand a proper technique in order to avoid any injury and transform our fun into a good training for our body.

In the last article we went through the basics of SUP, learning something about the gears we need.
Now it’s time to get wet and understand a proper technique in order to avoid any injury and transform our fun into a good training for our body.
Usually any beginner  faces the board jumping on it and trying to stay stand. Not always a good idea.
Even if the board is wide and seems stable, we need to build our balance on it. Let’s start sitting on our knees, instead.In this way we can easily control our balance and start understanding how it will be. Now, get the paddle and adjust the position of our hands in order to easily reach the water being on the knees. Now start the propulsion inserting the blade of the paddle into the water like the figure here. Remember to keep the blade facing forward.

At this point we should try to get some traction pulling the paddle a bit with the lower hand and trying to twist the body slightly. You’ll find yourself moving forward. After few stroke on one side we should realize the board is turning slowly toward the opposite side of the paddle. That’s how we steer on SUP. In order to keep a straight track we should bring the paddle on the other side changing the hands position and start paddling there. Good, we’re now cruising.
Take your time trying to repeat the strokes on each side and modifying the direction. Try to keep the blade as closed to the board as possible. This will reduce the steering effect of the stroke.
Once you’re getting more confident with this technique, let’s start standing on the board and transfer all this to the proper Stand Up Paddling technique.
First of all let’s start from the basement: the feet position. We should place our feet about half way from the bow to the stern, shoulder wide and trying to keep our knees as soft as possible.
Then we should adjust the grab on the paddle in order to reach the water from this new position. The top hand should be placed on the “T” segment of the shaft. Now we can start with our first stroke keeping in mind the right orientation of the blade. Try to keep your lumbar tract arch as natural as possible, activating your abs and keeping your knees slightly bent. This will keep your back safe and your stroke strong and efficient.
It’s time to start moving around looking for a smooth and easy stroke. Remember few key points of a good paddling technique:
wide feet position
slightly bent knees
natural lordosis of the lumbar tract of the back
try to use your torso to create traction instead of your arms and shoulder
Get the chance to see this website about Stand Up Paddling in order to get advanced tips.
After few hours spent on the board you’ll get the feeling for a smooth paddling and you will be able to focus on your effort. Passed this point you’re ready to transform your paddling in a real training session…. stay tuned for more details!

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