'There is no small pleasure in pure water'- Ovid
What Size SUP Board/Paddle?
Lots of people set up the length of their
paddles incorrectly. So here at Neptune HQ we have come up simple solution,
look at your paddle see your height by the hole, set the paddle to that and
“hey presto”, one paddle set to your height….we are always trying to make
things easier for you. But lets say that you have a one piece or a different adjustable, here is some advice for you….
The general rule of thumb is to
set the paddle about 6/7 inches taller than you are. If you want to get really specific
see the chart below:
|Height||Paddle length/surf||Paddle length/flat water|
The general rule of thumb with a SUP board
is the weight to volume ratio. Volume is basically how buoyant the SUP board
is (although board shape is also very important a Race Board will have loads of volume yet be very unstable), the more the merrier I say as I don’t like falling in, but if you want to
get scientific then you can use this formula below to work out how much minimum
Volume you should be looking at in your SUP board.
Beginners - your weight in (kg) x 2 (i.e 90kg x 2 = 180 Lt)
Intermediates - your weight in (kg) x 1.7
Advanced - your weight in (kg) x 1.3
We cant stress that the above is no more than a very general rough idea, every board is different and it also depends on; Your ability, your goals, what you are looking to use the board for. try, try and try again and keep asking questions.
How to Paddleboard*
To start off, chose a nice calm day, preferably in the
sun in shallow landlocked water with warm water (not easy in the UK). Most people start off kneeling on the
SUP board to get the feel of it and its stability, you can have loads of fun
just by doing that, but if you want to be a SUPer rather than a KPer (Kneeling
paddler) here are some tips*:
|Stand alongside the SUP
board in shallow water, place your paddle on the SUP board|
Hold the SUP board by
the rails (sides, edges) .
Pop yourself onto the
SUP board into a kneeling position (knees shoulder width apart), just behind the middle of the SUP board (either side of the handle).
From there, get a feel
for the balance point of the SUP board. Remember this is meant to be fun
When you’re comfortable,
stand one foot at a time, take your time this is not surfing where you have to “pop” up.
Place your feet where
your knees were, so you are facing forward, again its not surfing so no sideways stance (until you get onto a wave).
Your feet should be
about shoulder width apart
Keep toes pointed forward,
knees slightly bent and your back straight.
Balance with your hips,
this will improve your core muscles, look forward like the old saying goes “don’t look down”.
If you're paddling on
the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top (left) hand is on the top of the grip.
Keep your arms straight
and twist from your tummy as you paddle.
Push down on the paddle
grip as if your punching in a straight line
Unfortunately we cant
just stick to one side or you will be going around in circles all day, so to go in a (roughly) straight line, paddle about
3/4 strokes on one side, then switch to the other and repeat.
When you switch sides,
you'll reverse hand positions, and i'm sure you have worked out the turning. That’s it, your off!!!!! The rest of it is
trial and error, and remember if you fall off don’t panic its only water.
Getting back on the SUP
board is easy just pull yourself up onto the SUP board from behind and off you go again and again and again.
*The above is just for fun we recommend that everyone
gets lessons from a qualified instructor
Who's wave is it??SUPing on waves is a lot of fun, but as with most sports there are rules so that everyone can enjoy it safely. Below is a quick guide that if you follow you will be more accepted on the water.
Is Paddleboarding good for me?The simple answer is yes, but as with any sport as long as you are doing it correctly (see above). Not only is Paddleboarding great for gaining strength and toning its a great way to burn calories, below is a chart showing what you can burn in an hour compared to other sports.....
SUP board care
This is a basic guide to keeping your SUP
board happy and well, Most people get a SUP board, jump in the water and think
they are set for life, until something goes wrong by then its too late.
SUP boards don't like
Your SUP board is basically a sealed unit.
This means that any change in temperature will effect the SUP board.Temperature
changes will effect the core of the SUP board. When it's hot the inside of the
SUP board will expand, and when it's cold, contract, Neither is good for the
SUP board as it puts pressure on the Glass (another reason 3 layers is better
than 2 or 1)
do I do?
keep it out of direct sunlight when your not
using it, if you are out on a sunny day (not in the water) the automatic
Air-vent will let the SUP board breath. This ensures there is no possible way
any pressure can build up inside the SUP board. The only time you need to touch
the Air-vent is if you are taking the SUP board onto a plane, at that point
completely unscrew it, store it in a safe place and remember to screw it back
on BEFORE you get into the water (repeat for your home-wood bound journey)
Another issue nobody thinks twice about is
protecting their new SUP board in when its in a bag. The bag is a great device
for protecting your SUP board when travelling from A- B, or long term storage,
but again in short, a bag can also (if left in direct sunlight) be another
outer layer to bake your SUP board for you.
When purchasing a bag, make sure it is vented
and also has some sort of heat reflection materials in the construction (like
our bags). This will greatly assist with keeping temperatures down inside the
bag, remember extreme temperatures and large change in temperatures often cause
damage to your SUP board.
entering the water....
Check the Air-vent is correctly tightened,
visually check for any potential damage that may have occurred while
travelling, check the sea conditions and understand what you are trying to
If heading out by yourself, take a mobile
phone in a water proof case (like ours), and also let somebody else know your
going out and where your heading, and possibly how long you will be.
When returning from the water, rinse off your
SUP board with fresh water, remove any sand also and make sure the SUP board is
Check your SUP board over for any cracks,
dents, dings that may have occurred while out in the water, if there are any
visible signs, these should be repaired by a qualified repairer who has vast
experience of repairing SUP or Surf boards. Using the wrong methods and
materials can again damage your SUP board.
Tip: If you damage your SUP board while out
on the water, get back to land as soon and as safely as possible. This will
help reduce any water ingress that will damage your SUP board.
Put your SUP board in a bag for the journey
home and store it out of direct sunlight. By following these instructions your
SUP board should last for many moons and give you many many hours of fun on the