How to Do it:
The main thing that stand up paddle boarding requires is good balance. The board itself is generally larger, wider, and thicker than a surf board with one or more fins on the bottom. As a beginner, you start by kneeling on the board and beginning to paddle moving into an upright kneeling position.
Then, when you are ready, you stand up with your feet in the same wide, evenly spaced stance and feet parallel position that your knees were in. You want your position on the board to be with your weight centered on the board.
Your legs and your core muscles are working at all times to keep you balanced on your board. Every time you paddle, not only are your arms and back working to move the paddle against the resistance of the water, your legs and core muscles all work to counteract the resistance and hold your body upright against the movement of the board. The fact is, it really doesn’t feel like that much work, but your body is busy! And yet the experience is calm and relaxing, gets you outside and into nature.
And if you’re interested in an additional challenge, try letting your pup hop on the board!