How to Stand Up: Getting On and Kneeling
Step 1: Put Your Paddle on Board
With your board in the water and enough clearance for your fins, you can now get on-board. To get on your SUP, place your paddle perpendicular to the board just in front of the carry handle. Laying your paddle across your board perpendicularly keeps it out of your way and creates less of a chance of it sliding off the side.
Step 2: Place Your Hands
Now, with the paddle resting perpendicularly across the board just in front of the carry handle, place both hands over the paddle shaft. Your hands should be placed over the shaft roughly shoulder length apart.
Step 3: Bring Knees to Board
With your hands resting over the paddle shaft roughly shoulder length apart, place one knee on the far side of the board and then the other on the near side of the carry handle. Similar to when you’re getting on your bike. Once both knees are on, you can sit back in a kneeling position. Since your hands are already on the shaft of your paddle, you’ll be able to sit back with your paddle already conveniently in hand.
BEGINNER BONUS: If it’s your first time, I highly recommended that you spend some time paddling from your knees. This simply helps you get comfortable with your board and paddle stroke before standing. However, knee paddling also has several other uses and benefits for beginner and experienced SUPers alike. So, if you’re looking for more details on this technique, check out “How to Paddle Board on Your Knees” for a complete rundown and additional insights.