How to Stand Up Paddle Boarding information Part 2

21 April, 2013

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You’ll only need a few key pieces of equipment to enjoy this sport or catch a course at surf school South Australia  :

  • Stand up paddleboard

Sizes vary to suit the paddler's weight and experience.  For beginner paddlers, best to choose a Glider or Touring style which are a wider, flatter board, offering more stability. For the more experienced and lighter paddlers, choose narrower boards such as a Classic or Diamond style for more manoeuvrability.

  • Paddle

Stand up paddles are made of carbon, fibreglass or wood. Some paddles are adjustable, simply adjust or choose a paddle with the handle a foot above your head.  Paddles have a handle at one end and an angle or “elbow” in the shaft at the other end for maximum efficiency.

  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

Whenever you're paddling deep water, it is recommended to wear a PFD, as paddleboards can be classed as vessels, so always wear a PFD.

  • Proper clothing

What suit is recommended for cold weather? Wetsuits or dry suits are recommended for cold conditions with shorts and a T-shirt or bathing suit for warmer conditions - something that comfortable that moves with you and can get wet.

  • Sun protection

Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.

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