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What's the best technique for stand up paddleboarding?

The best technique for stand up paddleboarding is as follows:
  • start on knees, paddle while gaining balance
  • once balanced, gently place paddle crossways in front of knees
  • stand up with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent
  • once standing, paddle to gain momentum
  • plant paddle under water surface and pull back toward ankle
  • to turn right, paddle on left with left hand lower on paddle
  • to turn left, move paddle to the right side and reverse hands
A few short strokes on each side of the board and riders will move fluidly across the water in a straight line. Look forward or at the horizon instead of focusing on the feet. That’s it. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.

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