How to Perform the Reverse Stroke
So, you’re up on your board paddling away and now you want to stop. First, if you’re not already aware, check your surroundings. You don’t want to catch anyone else on the water off guard who may be coming up behind you, out of your line of sight. Second, once you determine it’s all clear, bend your knees. This helps you gain greater stability and increases the force you can put into your reverse stroke. Now, with your knees bent, rotate your torso sideways and reach your paddle blade back toward the tail of the board. Plant the blade in the water and push with your bottom hand as you pull back with the top hand (normal SUP grip just in reverse). This will instantly slow you down while turning you roughly 90 degrees eventually reaching a stop.
After checking your surroundings (no vessels coming up behind you? 🏄🚣🛳), slightly bend your knees, turn – rotating your torso sideways, and prepare to plant the paddle blade in the water toward the tail or back of the board.
A) Look around to check your surroundings.
B) Slightly bend your knees and turn your torso toward the back of your board.
C) Bring the paddle back to the tail of the board.