How to Stand Up Paddle Boarding information Part 2 April 21, 2013
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.
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.