Stand Up Paddleboarding: Learn the Basics

Paddleboarding is a water sport in which participants kneel on a paddleboard and move themselves across the water using their hands. Related to it is stand up paddleboarding (SUP) which, as the name implies, is done standing up. SUP also makes use of handheld paddles. It can be done on rivers, lakes, and along the coast. The paddleboard is similar to a surfboard but is wider, allowing for a comfortable stance and greater stability while gliding across the water.

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports because it is easy to learn, adaptable for all skill levels and ages, and can be done on different bodies of water, from calm lakes and rivers to the sea with raging waves. You can do SUP whether you want to relax while taking in a scenic view, or want to work up a good sweat while tone your muscles. If you’re itching to take up a new hobby, SUP is definitely the sport to try. Here are some of the basics to get you started!

Gear

You will only need three major things: a stand up paddleboard, a paddle, and a personal flotation device, or PFD. The size of the paddleboard will depend on your weight and skill level. As a beginner, it would be better to rent out boards offered by surf schools first, until you get the hang of it and progress to the more challenging (narrower) size. Paddles also vary in length; choose one that is around eight to ten inches taller than you. Stand up paddleboards are classified by the U.S. Coast Guard as vessels, so PFDs are a must.

As for clothing, shorts, a shirt, or bathing suit will do for hot to mild climates, while a wetsuit or drysuit is recommended for cool conditions. You can wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare. Last but certainly not the least, apply sunscreen!

Starting out

Beginners can start out in shallow, calm water. Some may find it easy to kneel on the board first to get a feel of how it floats and to test their balance. Position yourself just behind the board’s center point. The tail of the board shouldn’t dig into the water and the nose shouldn’t be pointing up, either. Adjust your position until the board is flat on the water; you can keep your hands on either side to stabilize the paddleboard.

When you have found your balance and feel comfortable on the board, try standing up one foot at a time. Place your feet at the exact part where your knees were. Take your time and keep practicing, and don’t be afraid to get back up if you fall.

Proper form

Maintaining the proper form on the board will help you keep your balance as you move along. Keep your feet apart and parallel to each other, and remember to stay at the center between the edges of the board. Don’t lock your knees—keep them slightly bent, and straighten your back. Use your hips to balance yourself on the board. Avoid slouching and staring at your feet—keep your chin up, your shoulders level, and your gaze on the horizon.

Basic strokes

If you’re paddling on the left side of the board, your left hand should be lower on the paddle shaft, while your right hand is on the top of the grip. Turn the paddle until the elbow or angle of the paddle is facing away from you. Keeping your arms straight, twist your torso as you paddle; use your abdominal muscles to move your upper body into the paddling motion. With your top hand, push down on the grip until the blade goes all the way under the surface of the water. Pull the paddle back towards your ankle and out of the water, and repeat! Start with short strokes and practice switching sides (reverse hand positions).

Now that you’ve got the basics of stand up paddleboarding, there’s nothing else stopping you from trying it out for real. Have fun!

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Terry Top helps my daughter to keep her hair off of her head, out of her face and her body towel off of her pajamas at end of night when she is done with her shower. Usually my daughter ends up with her body towel on her head because she much prefers to have her hair dry a bit under the towel before she brushes her hair before bed.

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Terry Top has a suggested retail price of $14.95 and has a wide range of colors/prints to choose from.  The benefits of using Terry Top include that it helps keep your hair out of your face while you are doing your makeup, keeps your clothes or in my daughter’s case – pajamas dry. This is such a simple product and would make a great holiday gift idea this year for someone in your life. A tween, teen or even your girlfriend or wife. Seriously …. go check out TerryTop.com for more details as well as options in colors/prints.

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I recently received some labels from KideCals for my daughter, she has my organization gene with some things, the exception is her bedroom. Apparently a chaotic organized mess is how she prefers her bedroom but when it comes to other areas in her life, she loves labeling things. Personalized labels and stickers from KideCals make a great stocking stuffer gift idea this holiday season and I’m about to share with you some options I think make the perfect gift.

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My daughter received a package of KideCals that include her name and cell number so that she can stick them on any of her school items, with her heading to middle school next year I really wanted to make sure she had decent labels to ensure her items are saying “this is her property”. The quality of the personalized labels were great, they are strong, high quality and do stick to just about any surface. My daughter absolutely loves her new KideCals labels.

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Do you know someone who is a baker? How about canning? KideCals offers labels for canning jars too, which is a wonderful holiday gift for your favorite canning addict in the family. I am not kidding when I say KideCals has a label for everyone on your list this holiday season, check out KideCals.com for their wide selection.

Since we love KideCals so much, I wanted to host a giveaway for you all to get your own package of personalized labels for the home or a loved one this holiday season.

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Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on December 14, 2013. Open to USA and Canada but if you win and are from Canada you will have to pay shipping costs. USA winners will not need to pay shipping.

Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

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Today I am excited to share something that my whole family takes joy in, all 7 of us, a love of music. Sure we each may have a different favorite type of music we love or a particular instrument we play but this year a Ukulele sounds good to me. Music & Arts is a website that sells a wide range of musical products and honestly would be great for your student who plays in band. Right now, I have a daughter who plays flute in band and she loves it. By end of this school year, hopefully her rental flute will be paid off, but if not I will be looking around at Music & Arts website to see what deals they have on flutes.

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I am featuring this ukulele but Music & Arts’ Holiday Gift Guide really shares a wide range of products for your musician in the family. I think that this $25 gift card giveaway will allow you to put towards something this holiday season that your child will love.

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I am so excited that my son will be learning to read notes and use this musical instrument after the holidays have come because my daughter already knows notes and writes lyrics as well as sheet music for her own instruments. I am so excited that Music & Arts has such a wide range of affordable musical instruments and song books to help encourage your children learning more.

As a way to share our love of music, I am hosting this giveaway for a $25 gift card to Musicarts.com, so read on to learn how to enter.

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Holiday Like a Celebrity: The Perfect Destination

The world is celebrity obsessed and every move they make is followed by the media and the public – from the clothes they wear to their love lives to the simple everyday things they do. Something that celebrities have a luxury of doing is taking regular holidays to exotic destinations that allow them to capture the spotlight whilst abroad, to highlight the things that come with being rich and famous and show off their perfect bodies and perfect lives. Most of us, however subtly, like to emulate the looks and lives of our favourite celebrities and enjoy the things that come with being in the spotlight. Although most of us will never be able to fully understand a life in the public eye, we can attempt to enjoy some of the same luxuries, which typically begin with a similar look, style, vacation package and possessions.

Holidays, in particular, are one of the most important parts of a typical celebrity lifestyle and the destination choice tends to reflect the level of celebrity and the status, which the public has given them.

Dubai

The tropical beaches and stunning sand dunes make the emirates a preferred holiday destination for the rich and famous. Home to a 7* hotel, Dubai is the epitome of a rich foreign country that can offer everything a typical celebrity and celebrity enthusiast needs. The sun shines all year round and the warmth of the region makes it an idyllic holiday location. The impressive shopping facilities and fine dining sees celebrities flock to the country year after year.

Barbados

The relaxed pace lifestyle makes Barbados the perfect getaway for celebrities trying to escape the media frenzy which surrounds them. Crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches make for a serene holiday setting, and the added benefit of the tropical climate means Barbados is a favourite haunt for sun worshippers and for those who are desperate for a beach based holiday.

Marbella

This is the epitome of the celebrity holiday destination; it has all the elements that are desired by television stars and singers, the lesser known of the celebrity world, who crave a warm sandy beach and a vibrant nightlife. The reality stars that often film their series on the beautiful shores of Marbella most commonly favour it.

Hawaii

Maui Island in Hawaii is by far one of the most popular celebrity destinations due to the unique lifestyle and idyllic scenery that the island has to offer. It is the second biggest island of Hawaii and has a surprisingly small population, which makes it the ideal escape from the chaos of the real world. The towns are small and intimate and the relaxed atmosphere creates the perfect restful break.

French Riviera

The south east of France is home to the Riviera – the most glamorous and expensive region of France that calls out to the A list stars. A short distance from St Tropez and Cannes, the Riviera boasts a slower paced lifestyle and a quaint French experience. Stunning location, breath taking sights, fine art, culture and history. It really is a most unique location and spectacular setting.

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