At the start of your stroke a correct blade angle will push the nose of your board up and out of the water. As you lean forward into the power phase of your stroke, the blade will be perpendicular to the sea floor to drive you forward fast.
Direction of Paddle: One Simple Trick That Guarantees Your Paddle Angle Is Correct
Since beginners may not notice when they’re holding their paddles backwards, we made it easy. Thurso Surf paddles only have graphics on the front of the blade. Pay attention to which side the graphic’s on when you grab your paddle and you’ll know you have the correct paddle blade angle.
Gripping Your SUP Paddle Handle and Shaft
Gripping your paddle correctly will help you improve your stroke. It allows you to paddle further, faster and more comfortably. And that of course means having more fun! You want one hand on the top of the paddle. It’s called the grip or sometimes referred to as the “T” bar because of its shape. The other hand should then be used to grip the shaft. Make sure it’s at least a shoulder width apart from your other hand on the top. If your hands are too close together you lose power in your stroke. Whereas, a shoulder width or wider grip gives you the torque you need to pull yourself through the water efficiently. Give it a try yourself next time you’re on the water to get a feel for it. Stack your hands together so they’re too close at the top, then widen your grip so one hand is almost at your paddle blade. Right away, you’ll feel a huge difference in how easy (or difficult) it is to pull yourself through the water.