Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP the Sevier River, Piute, Otter Creek reservoirs, or many high mountain lakes in the surrounding area.We are close to Bryce Canyon, Fish Lake, Capitol Reef, Zion, Brianhead, Cedar Breaks, Cedar City, Richfield, and located in Marysvale, home of the Piute ATV Trail. 
Come spend some time paddling the beautiful scenic Sevier River through Marysvale Valley and upper Canyon.  Great scenery, wildlife, and serenity.  SUP rentals for the river and surrounding area lakes.
                                                    Sup Techniques

When you are a beginner, you should start out on flat water.  On a river there is current, bends, eddys, and some obstacles. 

At first, you may find it easy to kneel on the sup, instead of immediately standing.

Stand along side your board in shallow water, or sit on your board with legs on either side of the the sup.  Place your paddle across the sup for support and get on your knees.  Make sure your nose or tail are not submerged and you are on the center of the board.

Place hands on either side of the board(rails) with one hand on the paddle.  Stand up gently one foot at a time.  Place your feet where your knees were about shoulder width.

SUP Stance

Your feet should be parallel, about shoulder width distance apart, centered between the edges of the board close to rails.
Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and back straight.
Balance with your hips, not your upper body.
Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
Your eyes should be looking at the horizon in front of you, do not stare at your feet.
As you move forward, using paddle strokes, your stability increases.

Paddle Stroke

When you paddle on the right side, your right hand is on the shaft and left hand on the handle grip.  When you paddle on the left you switch hand positions.  The blade angle faces forward.
Keep your arms fairly straight and twist your whole body as you paddle.  Think of your whole body to paddle instead of just your arms.  You have much more power when using your whole body.
Push down on the handle grip with your top hand, the blade will enter the water in front of you, pull back with the shaft hand as you continue to push with the grip hand, until the blade leaves the water behind you. Repeat.  Use short strokes at first on either side to get the hang of it.  Increase your stroke length as you get better at it.
Take a few strokes on the right, then the left, and keep your board going where you want it to go.

Turns and Falls

There are various ways to turn your sup.
Paddle on one side and you will turn the sup.  Turn right, paddle on the left.  Turn left paddle on the right.
Back paddle on the left to turn left, Back paddle on the right to turn right.
Sweep strokes forward or back are initiated by taking a wide arcing stroke from the front, way out away from the sup, to the back, or visa versa.  This will turn the board fairly quickly.
Stepping back on your board and doing a forward or back stroke turns the board quicker.

Falling

Learning to paddleboard is fairly easy, with a quick learning curve.  You will fall at times.  We use inflatable SUPs' which are softer than hard boards.  If you are on a river in flat water and fall, fall shallow not deep.  A controlled fall on your board will keep you from taking a swim,  If you swim get your board first, then paddle to get your paddle.  Better yet don't release your paddle.

Paddling in flat water on the river is a great experience.  You can rent your SUP and have fun the first time out.  If in doubt, paddle on your knees until more comfortable.
Lessons are a great way to get more proficient quicker.

Bon voyage!


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