How to Balance on a Paddleboard

  1. Why Paddle Boarding Need Good Balance?
  2. Preparations of Keeping Balance
  3. How to Keep Balance When You Stand Up on Your Board?
  4. Balance Tips


One of the biggest challenges of paddleboarding for most paddlers, especially beginner paddlers, is learning how to stand on a paddleboard and keep your balance. There's actually nothing wrong with falling into the water a few times, but it can definitely be frustrating when you can't seem to stay on the board for more than 15 seconds.

As you get the hang of it, you'll find it easier than you thought. The following provides some ways to improve your balance and stability to give you the confidence to stand on your board, no matter how rough the water is.

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  1. Why Paddle Boarding Need Good Balance?

Balance is important to paddleboarding in two main ways. One is that it allows paddlers to quickly improve their paddling skills. Especially for novices, if you can balance quickly on a paddleboard, you'll be able to experience more on the board. Second, paddleboarding prevents injuries. Through balance training, your body will naturally become more flexible, helping to reduce the risk of falling.

You can improve your balance in many ways, including getting in the water before you get in, and knowing a few tricks to keep your balance, etc. Coordination is improved through these balance exercises, which can help you navigate your surroundings more effectively.


  1. Preparations of keeping balance
  • Get a more stable SUP

The first factor to consider when learning how to balance on a paddleboard is getting the right equipment. Generally speaking, the wider the board the more stable it will be. This is why many people choose paddleboards that are wider when possible, especially beginners. A stable board will make it easier for you to maintain your balance on the water, thus improving your self-confidence. If you want to know more tips on choosing a board, you can click on this article How To Choose An Ultra-Stable Inflatable SUP Board to see more details.

  • Start out on calm flat water

Before deciding to go, check where the waters are calmer and without waves. Also, the same water will show different conditions in different weather. If you are not a local resident of that location, you can try to ask the local residents about the condition of the water, after all, they have been living there will know more about the situation.

  • Learn pivot or step back turns

A pivot turn requires you to step back into the board’s tail, soaking your board into the water for a moment while spinning in place. Learning pivot turns is relatively easy and will challenge your balance. However, they will also allow you to navigate the waters easily and make more powerful turns.

  • Strengthen leg and core muscles

It is no exaggeration to say that your leg and core strength are key to maintaining balance. Therefore, making a conscious effort to train these two aspects of your body will be very beneficial to your paddling.

  • Do some Practice balance exercises

There are already many very specific methods of balance exercise, which I have detailed in another article with some specific training movements. Practice these movements a few times a week, you will find that your balance will quickly improve. Please click this blog, SUP Balance Exercises for Paddlers, to see more!

  • Please dont get discouraged

Everyone starts out as a beginner, no matter how good they are. Therefore, falling in the water and so on is just a sure way to go. All you need is time, patience and the persistence that will surely bring you good results in the future!


  1. How to keep balance when you stand up on your board?

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! When actually paddling, following these steps will be more beneficial for you to maintain your balance in the water.

Step 1: Your feet should stand parallel to each other, keeping a hip distance. To stand in the middle of the board, do not lean to the side.

Step 2: Keep your toes forward, your knees bent and your back straight.

Step 3: Use your hips to keep your balance, not your upper body.

Step 4: Keep your head and shoulders straight and stable, and use your hips to regulate your weight position.

Step 5: Keep your eyes forward, not just on your feet.

Step 6: Like riding a bike, when you move forward, it's easier to balance


  1. Balance Tips
  • Stand Up Slowly

Take your time as you stand up from a sitting or kneeling position on your board. You can also stay on one knee for a while to get used to the feel of the board under your feet. When you decide to stand up, put your feet where you want them and then slowly lift yourself up.

  • Widen your stance

When you need some extra balance, try placing your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. This action will help you stay upright on the paddleboard. Most people find it more comfortable to put their feet at the same width as their hips, no matter how much the board wobbles.

  • Stagger your feet

If you have a hard time balancing with your feet side by side, try putting one foot slightly in front of the other. Try to keep your feet wide at this point so that you still have the feeling of balancing left and right.

  • Bend your knees

When you stand on the paddleboard, don't lock your knees. While you don't need to crouch completely, be sure to release your knees and even bend them slightly. This helps you adjust to the movement of your board. It gives your body a greater ability to move with your board, rather than supporting it.


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