How to Stand Up on Your SUP

Choosing the Location

Mounting the Board

Standing Up

Some Tips for SUP Beginners

If you are new to stand up paddle surfing, then getting on your board will be a critical step. While it may sound scary to stand unsupported on your board, if you follow these simple guidelines, you'll be on your feet in no time. This article will show you detailed tips that will hopefully help improve your paddling skills and make you enjoy surfing fast!

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Choosing the Location

When you start trying to paddle on a paddleboard, it is best to think about the position of your first attempt first. Once you have chosen a good location, your first attempt at stand-up will be much easier. For the novice paddler, a place with calm water (no current) and little to no wind will be a better choice. An example would be a sheltered bay or small lake.

In your choice of location, be sure not to ignore the local weather forecast. Also, be prepared for the fact that you will fall into the water. Therefore, make sure that you fall into that water without anything that could pose harm to your own body, such as rocks, reefs or any other underwater obstacles. After you have made these preparations, you can then focus on practicing how to stand up on a paddleboard.

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Mounting the Board

Now you have everything ready and are heading to the water. What should be considered at this point is how to properly mount your board.

Step 1: Walk into the water about knee-deep, with the board next to you at this point. Make sure the fins of the board are down.

Step 2: Place your paddle horizontally across the board. The grip of the paddle should be aligned with the side of the board closest to you.

Step 3: Hold both sides of the surfboard. The hand closest to your body holds both the board and the paddle.

Step 4: Lift one knee out of the water and pull the board towards you. This will allow you to place your knee near the midpoint of the surfboard.

Step 5: Shift your body's weight so that your body is directly above the paddleboard and the other knee is on the traction pad. At this point you remain in a kneeling position with both knees on the board.

Step 6: While taking a few paddles in the kneeling position, check the position of the board. If the bow is exposed, you are too far back on the board, if the stern is exposed, you are too far forward. Adjust your position as needed at this point.

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Standing up

So far, you're almost there! All you have to do is get up on the paddle board. So, how do you do it successfully?

Step 1: Position Yourself

Place the paddle in front of you so that it is placed vertically like in step 2 above. Then, holding the paddle shaft with both hands, lean your body forward and bring your butt up to the horizon in front of you.

Step 2: Crawl to Squat

Keep your hands still and bring your knees up to your chest, at this point you are in a squatting position. Try to keep your feet as flat as possible, this will help you keep your board stable.

Step 3: From Squatting to Standing

Now in a squat position, with your feet flat on the board, shoulder-width apart, push yourself upward. As you stand up, keep your back straight and make sure your feet stay flat. Once you are fully standing, dip your paddle into the water. This is because the paddle will provide you with extra stability. You did it!

Some tips

  1. A common mistake is that many people lose confidence when they start trying paddle board surfing with a board that is too small and hard to get balanced. It is recommended to learn more about how to choose the right size surfboard for you. If you are not sure, choose a wider and thicker one.
  2. It may be helpful to practice standing on your board on the shoreline before getting in the water. This will allow you to become familiar with the action of getting on the board.
  3. If I fallin water, how do I remount the board? In this situation, you can move to the tail and push the back end of the board under your body.


As you saw earlier, standing up can be done in just a few simple steps. There are many techniques that can help you learn to stand up quickly. Once you master these skills, you can then master more others. All of these advances will give you a more fun paddling experience. So get out there, keep practicing, and make sure you enjoy yourself while doing so.


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