Transporting Your SUP to the Water
The first way of getting your board to the water is the old-fashioned way: carry it. A SUP board typically has a handle that is located in the middle of the board and helps carry the board for shorter distances. However, unless the SUP paddle board is an inflatable SUP board or a small one, they can be a bit awkward to carry for any substantial distance.
How to Transport a Paddle Board – Overhead Carry
For those who are small, have shorter arms or less upper body strength, picking up the paddle board by the deck can be problematic. We’ve designed extra-cushy, comfortable handles, but if it’s not easy for you to hoist your board using the handle in the middle, then try doing the tail lift. To do this, paddlers must start by squatting by their board and then lift at the tail end. There’s a handle there also. Remember to lift with your legs, not your back. Begin to stand up and walk your hands up the board with it overhead. Hold the rails in the middle and put your head in the middle of the board, and then it can go up on your head to balance. You can leave it on your head or put it on your shoulder and grab the center handle if that works better.
Once you have the board on your head, then you must grab the paddle. Make sure it is nearby before you lift the board. Have it leaning against something, so you don’t have to bend down to carry it. If you have a Thurso Surf board, it’s easy. Just use the paddle holders on the side of your board to secure your paddle before picking it up. That way, it’ll stay put as it’s being lifted. Lucky you! If you don’t have a Thurso Surf board, you may have to use a bungee cord or some other way to easily attach you paddle directly to the board.