Noosa – Stand-Up Paddleboarding Fun – 31st January

A thrilling afternoon stand-up paddleboarding on Noosa River!

Despite the gloomy weather in Noosa today, the spirits of a group of enthusiastic students remained high as they eagerly anticipated this afternoon’s stand-up paddleboarding activity. Despite the grey sky, strong winds, and scattered rain throughout the day, twenty-three (23) students were excitedly ready for the experience.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Fortunately, the rain stayed away during our delightful 30-minute stroll to the renowned Noosa River. It began to drizzle gradually only after the students had embarked on their chosen watercraft. The winds were strong along the water, prompting a few girls to choose a double-kayak instead of stand-up paddleboarding, seeking the advantage of double manpower against the wind gusts.

The laughter and cheers echoed along the riverbank as the group maneuvered through the rain and wind. The weather, far from dampening spirits, added a layer of excitement to the paddleboarding experience. Each stroke of the paddle became a testament to their resilience, turning an ordinary activity into an extraordinary memory.

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Below are some very helpful tips on how to perfect your SUPing technique:
  1. Start in calm water: Preferably with minimal boat traffic or waves. This will make it easier for you to find your balance and gain confidence.
  2. Begin on your knees: Start by kneeling on the paddleboard, positioning yourself near the center of the board. This will provide stability and help you get accustomed to the feeling of being on the water.
  3. Grip the paddle correctly: Hold the paddle with one hand on the top of the grip and the other hand on the shaft. Ensure that the blade is facing away from you.
  4. Paddle in a kneeling position: Once you are in a kneeling position, use the paddle to start paddling on either side of the board. Take short strokes, keeping your arms straight and using your core muscles to generate power.
  5. Transition to standing: When you feel comfortable and balanced on your knees, you can gradually transition to a standing position. Place your hands on the board, shoulder-width apart, and step one foot up at a time, placing them where your knees were positioned.
  6. Find your balance: As you stand up, keep your feet parallel and hip-width apart, with your toes facing forward. Distribute your weight evenly on both feet, engaging your core muscles for stability.
  7. Maintain a relaxed posture: Keep your knees slightly bent, and maintain a relaxed stance. Avoid locking your knees or hunching over, as this can affect your balance and stability.
  8. Start paddling: With your standing position established, you can begin paddling. Dip the paddle blade into the water in front of you and pull it backward, using your core and back muscles. The paddle stroke should start at the front of the board and end near your feet.
  9. Alternate paddle sides: To maintain a straight course, alternate your paddle strokes on both sides of the board. This will help you move forward efficiently and maintain balance.
  10. Look ahead: Keep your gaze focused on the horizon or where you want to go, rather than staring down at your feet or the paddle. Looking ahead will help you maintain stability and balance.
  11. Practice and adjust: Paddleboarding requires practice to improve your skills. Take your time to get comfortable on the board, adjust your technique, and gradually challenge yourself with longer paddles or different water conditions.

All of the students did great and made it look effortless! They all supported each other and stuck together, paddling through the beautiful Noosa canals until the sun started to set.

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