SUP GUIDE AND STAND UP PADDLE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

LEARN THE SUP BASICS FOR YOUR ADVENTURE ON THE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD WITH RESTUBE

SUP Wolrd Champion Sonni Hoenscheid paddling on her SUP on a lake

Sonni Hönscheid: „Stand-up paddling means freedom to me.“

You would like to explore the water on your Stand Up Paddle Board?

We at Restube will support you by providing the essential tips for Stand Up Paddling.

In this SUP guide we will show you all the basics you need to know – from how to use the paddle to how to get back up on your board when you fall off.

We will also inform you on Paddle Board safety and advise you on what safety devices are necessary for a relaxed time on the water.

Sonni Hoenscheid helped to develop this SUP guide and contributed many useful Stand Up Paddling tips.

Sonni is one of the world’s best Stand Up Paddler and has won 6 world titles so far. She lives on Fuerteventura as well as on Hawaii where she is currently training for her next world cup races.

Table of Contents

To help guide you through the SUP Guide we have set up a list of the following chapters.

By clicking on one of the bullet points you will be directed straight to the chapter.

01
Chapter

STAND UP PADDLING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

#1 THE CORRECT SUP PADDLE LENGTH

As a general rule the SUP paddle should be as high as your wrist when you reach out with your arm overhead.

Your personal preference in paddle length may be different though.

Try different lengths in the beginning to find out which suits you best.

Stand-up-paddler Sonni demonstrates how to set the correct sup paddle length in front of a lack

#2 HOW TO HOLD THE PADDLE

Hold the paddle so the blade slopes away from you.

In this way the blade will create lift and allow you to move faster with less effort.

#3 HOW TO STAND UP ON THE BOARD

Walk your board into the water, make sure it is deep enough, so the fins do not touch the ground.

Place your knees centred on the board and paddle into deeper water, so you do not get hurt in case you fall. When you feel comfortable on your knees, slowly lift your upper body, feet hip-distance apart, look forward.

Once you are standing start to paddle quickly  – it will help you gain stability.  Please note, in case you fall off your board, always try to fall “flat” in the water, never head or feet ahead.

#4 HOW TO PADDLE

Place your feet centred, hip-distance apart (watch out for the handle bar, it is in the middle of the board).

One hand is holding the paddle at the top, the other one is placed in the middle.

Plant the paddle blade vertically in the water and pull towards your body. Once the blade is in line with your feet, pull it out of the water and prepare for the next paddle impact.

Change sides regularly to go straight ahead.

Extra Tip: Paddling in a sitting Position

You find it difficult to get on your feet on the board straight away?

Try paddling while you are leaning on your knees. Keep paddling in this position until you get enough stability on your board.

#5 HOW TO TURN

Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke towards the tail.

Stepping one foot back on your board helps making a turn faster.

#6 HOW TO GET ON THE BOARD IN THE WATER

Once you have fallen into the water, get up onto the board from one side.

Grab the opposite rail for more stability and pull yourself up on the board – one leg at a time.

02
Chapter

PADDLE BOARD SAFETY

#1 CHECK THE CONDITIONS

Make sure you get good information about weather, waves and wind (e.g. on windfinder.com)

#2 MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE WITH THE WATER

Make sure you get good information about weather, waves and wind (e.g. on windfinder.com)

#3 WEAR A LEASH

By wearing a leash, you make sure the board stays close to you at any time.

Please note wearing a leash on the river can be dangerous and is not advised!

#4 CARRY A BUOYANCY

Always wear a Restube or PFD (Personal Floating Device). Pay attention to the local rules.

#5 EVASION RULES

Pay attention to other people on the water, boats and ships.

#6 RESPECT NATURE AND WILD LIFE

Avoid noise and rubbish. In case you find rubbish, pick it up!

OUR ADVICE

Take a course and learn Stand Up Paddling tips from certified teachers.

VDWS water schools are your perfect SUP guides when you want to learn how to Stand Up Paddle. For more information check www.vdws.de

„Many people think a Stand Up Paddle Board is nothing more like an air mattress – so no need for Paddle Board safety tools in their POV. That’s the reason why I think it’s so important to raise awareness for risks and water safety. Wearing a leash as well as the little Restube buoy should be a must for every paddler out on the water, no matter if it’s at a lake or in the ocean.

Sonni Hönscheid6x SUP World Champion

03
Chapter

FREEDOM AND SAFETY ON WATER

To make you feel comfortable in the water, we at Restube invented a little bag with an inflatable buoy for more freedom and safety for any kind of water adventure. Attached on a belt around your waist, you will hardly notice Restube but it will help you to enjoy your time out in the water even more.

Restube is your “peace of mind”.

In this little video we show you how Restube works:

WHICH RESTUBE IS BEST FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR ACTIVITY

Here you will find all the different Restube products.

Check out the full range and special features added for different activities – it will make it easy for you to choose the right Restube:

Sonni Hönscheid: „When I’m out on the water, I’d like to carry as little stuff as possible. In the past I never thought about taking any safety device with me. But I changed my mind. Restube is packed in such a small bag and I can easily attach it to my hydration bladder so it’s with me all the time.“

PFD (PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE) AND RESTUBE – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Please note: some countries and waters (e.g. Switzerland, Lake Constance) require certified buoyancy aids and devices for Stand Up Paddlers, such as Restube PFD.

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You would like to know how a single man on a Stand Up Paddle Board wants to change the world? Read the impressive story of Pascal Rösler and his organisation „Pure Water for Generations e.V.“

Pascal Rösler from “Pure Water for Generations”

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HAVE FUN ON THE WATER!

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