Tip #4: Learn How to Fall
Learning how to fall can help you avoid many unnecessary bumps or bruises. Remember you’re paddleboarding out on the water, so falling in can be fun. As always when you’re playing on the water you never want to dive in head first unless you’ve already checked the depth. Just like you wouldn’t blindly jump off the side of a boat or bridge into water without checking you should do the same when paddle boarding.
Also, if you’re surfing there’s a good chance you’re going to fall in anyways (it’s all part of the fun). So when the time comes, do your best to fall away from your board and paddle. You should have your ankle leash attached at all times while you’re out on the water, so you don’t have to worry about your board getting away from you. And, paddles float so you can swim over to it with your board after.
Tip #5: Quit When You’re Tired
Riding waves can be addicting, there’s no denying that. You want to be out there all day long, every day. But this can become a problem. You don’t want to wear yourself out. If you’re exhausted or your body is fatigued, it’s time to call it a day.
Getting a cramp out on the water is no fun. And SUP surfing becomes a whole lot less fun if you’re too tired to catch a wave. Enjoy your time while you’re out there, but don’t over do it. You’ll build up your strength and endurance over time. Be patient or add in some exercises to get you there faster.