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Here’s Why it’s Not Hard to Paddle Board

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Some people think you need to be a world class athlete to SUP. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Paddle boarding is for everybody, and we’re here to let you know it’s not hard to paddle board.

Whether you’re a workout junkie or someone who just likes to catch some winter sunshine on the water, SUPing is the sport for you.

The first step is to go out and buy a board, of course. Look no further than iRocker and BLACKFIN.

The right equipment and some quick research will have you out on the water in no time. Here’s our simple guide on how to hop on your board and hit the water for the very first time.

Start on the Shore

You want to make sure you have your mechanics down pat before you hit the water. If you don’t learn how to stand up, the rest of the motions don’t even matter.

Tip: Be sure to take the iRocker fins off your board before you try popping up from the safety of the Aussie shoreline.

Now, practice standing up:

    1. Start on your knees with your hands gripping the paddle as it rests on the board. When the board feels stable under your body, move onto a knee one at a time to lift yourself into a crouching position.
    2. Pick up the paddle and slowly spread your stance for stability. Make sure you have your feet planted directly underneath your knees.
    3. Straighten your arms in front of you with the paddle to gain your balance before starting your stroke.

Check it out! You’re a natural. Now you’re ready to take your talents to the water. You’ll be blown away at how much of a full-body workout SUPing can be.

After a few minutes, you’ll realize why SUPing is one of the best workouts in the world.

Killer Balance is Key to your Sucess

Keeping your balance is just as important as selecting the right equipment when it comes to stand up paddle boarding.

If you’re accustomed to balancing activities (surfing, gymnastics, yoga/pilates) you’ll have no issue staying upright on a SUP.

For the rest of you, here are a few tips for keeping your balance:

  1. Find your sweet spot on the board. Always keep your feet parallel to each other and centered in the middle of the board. If you’re off-center, you may take a dive into the water (which may be a bit chilly during the Australian winter). Keep a slight bend in your knees with your toes pointed toward the nose of your board.
  2. Keep your eyes on the prize. A rookie mistake is to look down at your feet. That’s the quickest way to get wobbly. Your gaze should be on the horizon line the whole time you’re on your board.
  3. Put your hips into it.Shifting your weight into your hips is a great way to combat choppy seas or an incoming wave. Want to change directions? Lean into the correlating leg as you move your paddle through the water.
  4. Keep your feet happy Keep your toes relaxed throughout your trip. When you tense up your feet, you will tire quickly and ultimately lose balance. Keep your feet loose by shifting your weight around and wiggling your toes!

How to Launch your iRocker

Every great SUP session starts with a clean launch from shore. Whether you’re getting started from a dock or launching from the shoreline, it’s important to do so safely and efficiently. The shoreline is easiest, but here are some tips if you’re starting from a dock:

  1. Lower the board into the water nose first while you hold onto the leash.
  2. Sit down on the edge of the dock and place your feet toward the back of the crocodile-textured traction pad.
  3. Scoot to the edge of the dock at an angle so you can reach for your paddle board with one hand.
  4. Wiggle off the dock and work your knees onto your iRocker.
  5. You’ve made it! Great job. Push into your hands and lift yourself to a standing position. We learned this strategy earlier! Time to put it to use.
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The Right Board Makes All the Difference

A nice board, a quality paddle and a great leash will take your experience from eh to epic.

Equipment and knowledge are everything when it comes to paddle boarding. From balance to paddling, the best decision you can make is to invest in a quality paddle board.

That’s where iRocker comes in. All iRocker and BLACKFIN boards are built with top-of-the-line military-grade materials to give you prime maneuverability and maximum durability. iRocker boards are also built for traveling. They easily deflate and roll into a travel backpack.

Tip: Definitely get the grave backpack.

Find out which board is right for you. How?  Hop onto live chat on the iRocker website to pick the paddle board that suits your body type and lifestyle.

Have questions? The iRocker team is here to help. Reach out to our crew to learn more about our two-year warranty, free shipping, 30-day guarantee and so much more.

Once your new board arrives, snap a selfie and send it to us using the form below. We love happy new iRocker SUPers!

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A top-quality paddle board, streamlined paddle and a comfortable leash are the differences between an eh day and an aaahhh! day.

Every aspect of your paddle boarding experience is affected by the gear you choose. From the balance to the buoyancy, the best decision you can make is to invest in a great paddle board.

That’s where iRocker comes in. All iRocker and BLACKFIN boards are built with military-grade materials to ensure prime maneuverability and maximum durability.

We believe paddle boarding is a sport that should be done all around the globe. That’s why all of our boards easily deflate and roll into a travel backpack. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Find out which board is right for you! Hop onto live chat on the iRocker website to pick the paddle board that’s right for your height, weight and lifestyle.

Have questions? The iRocker team is here to help. Reach out to our crew to learn more about our two-year warranty, free shipping, 30-day guarantee and so much more.

And hey, once you get the hang of your new board, snap some pics and send them to us in the comments. We’ll celebrate with you!

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