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Stand Up Paddle Board

bounceswoosh

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Then take the leap of faith and stand up all at one time!!
Why? It's easy to get up on my feet once I'm kneeling on the board (in calm water). Is there benefit to doing it all at once?

Personally I always dress to be in the water - if the water is cold, I'm in neoprene pants, maybe top too depending on temps. I went this weekend and it was HOT, so I wore long thin pants and a long sleeved top. I find I'm more comfortable skipping the sunscreen except on my face and just getting my clothes wet to stay cool. (Just splashing myself is sufficient - I don't necessarily want to go through the effort of getting back on the board...)

And I always wear my PFD. I honestly haven't given it a ton of thought as to why other than it's comfortable and holds all my stuff in the pockets so why not? It does seem sketchy to think I could get it off the board and put it on after I get myself in trouble, should I ever need it. I have several of those waterproof pouches so I have my keys and phone, and have a holster attached to my PFD for my binoculars (for birdwatching)... so honestly the PFD is just handy and I just stick with the plan of always wearing it. Maybe it's all my downhill mountain biking experience, but typically the times you need your body armor the most are the days it's not on your body... So with a piece of safety gear that's comfortable to wear? I'm just going to stick with always wearing it.

And I have gone out alone before. I wouldn't go particularly far from shore alone, and would prefer to be where others can see me but.... I do go hiking alone too (again, nothing huge, but I guess it does align with my comfort level of doing outdoor things solo.)

I have been wearing quick dry jogging shorts with a barely-there pull on bra and a long sleeve sunblock shirt. I also hate sunscreen, so I've been wearing a safari style hat with a brim all around. And my PFD. Fashionable I am not, but it's more comfortable than a bathing suit. This may be my new normal when I go to the ocean, too! Soak the shirt, and it's ultra comfy. I have no idea what I'll do in colder weather. Probably mountain bike ;-)

I was "far away" from other people on the res, but still in viewing distance of 4 or 5 groups - probably a minute or two of paddling, if that. But far enough that if I lie down for a couple of minutes or mess with balance, I don't need to worry about being in anyone's way.

Close in is very crowded, with many children shouting and splashing. It's fine from a distance ...
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
Last night, the first video I found on Google said exactly that - that your legs need to be out behind you, floating in the water, rather than below you. I'm 100% sure my legs were below me and I was trying to just hoist myself onto the board like I was pulling myself up out of a swimming pool. I definitely need to try again and see if it's easier for me with this in mind. In the video they also weren't wearing vests - the vest gets in the way and makes it all very awkward.

Yes, exactly! I think the legs being out behind you to propel forward and up rather than just upward is the key. I can’t recall if I actually had a PFD on in the class when we did it though so that’s another good reason to practice with it when I go out.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
Personally I always dress to be in the water - if the water is cold, I'm in neoprene pants, maybe top too depending on temps. I went this weekend and it was HOT, so I wore long thin pants and a long sleeved top. I find I'm more comfortable skipping the sunscreen except on my face and just getting my clothes wet to stay cool. (Just splashing myself is sufficient - I don't necessarily want to go through the effort of getting back on the board...)

And I always wear my PFD. I honestly haven't given it a ton of thought as to why other than it's comfortable and holds all my stuff in the pockets so why not? It does seem sketchy to think I could get it off the board and put it on after I get myself in trouble, should I ever need it. I have several of those waterproof pouches so I have my keys and phone, and have a holster attached to my PFD for my binoculars (for birdwatching)... so honestly the PFD is just handy and I just stick with the plan of always wearing it. Maybe it's all my downhill mountain biking experience, but typically the times you need your body armor the most are the days it's not on your body... So with a piece of safety gear that's comfortable to wear? I'm just going to stick with always wearing it.

And I have gone out alone before. I wouldn't go particularly far from shore alone, and would prefer to be where others can see me but.... I do go hiking alone too (again, nothing huge, but I guess it does align with my comfort level of doing outdoor things solo.)

Ohh what type of holster do you have for the binoculars? I love this idea, I was wondering if I would want to bring my binoculars out or if it would be a pain. I'd like to have them for bird watching if it's pretty convenient to do so and they are easily accessible on my body. Do you have a smaller pair for this type of activity, or just bring along your regular pair from other activities?
 

altagirl

Moderator
Staff member
Ohh what type of holster do you have for the binoculars? I love this idea, I was wondering if I would want to bring my binoculars out or if it would be a pain. I'd like to have them for bird watching if it's pretty convenient to do so and they are easily accessible on my body. Do you have a smaller pair for this type of activity, or just bring along your regular pair from other activities?
I have a modular Cotton Carrier hip holster for my camera and binoculars and the second holster on that is removable. I just took it off the camera belt and attached it on to the side straps of my PFD.

Here is just the "Wanderer Holster" which has really solid velcro straps to hook on to any belt or one of the Cotton systems.

And my binos are waterproof so I just use my normal pair.
 

Jilly

Moderator
Staff member
@bounceswoosh - if you try to get up by placing all your weight on the right foot, you're going to be off the board. Things need to stay balanced. So both feet planted at the same time works best.

How are you getting on the board in the first place? Off a dock, or it is just shallow where you start?
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
I have a modular Cotton Carrier hip holster for my camera and binoculars and the second holster on that is removable. I just took it off the camera belt and attached it on to the side straps of my PFD.

Here is just the "Wanderer Holster" which has really solid velcro straps to hook on to any belt or one of the Cotton systems.

And my binos are waterproof so I just use my normal pair.

Thank you!

Good point on the waterproof piece too, I have no idea if mine are or not so I imagine that likely means not.
 

bounceswoosh

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
@bounceswoosh - if you try to get up by placing all your weight on the right foot, you're going to be off the board. Things need to stay balanced. So both feet planted at the same time works best.

How are you getting on the board in the first place? Off a dock, or it is just shallow where you start?

The reservoirs have a very gradual shore. I'm able to stand in water where it's deep enough to protect the fins, but shallow enough that it's easy to get one knee up, then the other. I was more questioning the standing part - I don't know why I would immediately stand rather than taking some time lying down or kneeling before standing up.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
The reservoirs have a very gradual shore. I'm able to stand in water where it's deep enough to protect the fins, but shallow enough that it's easy to get one knee up, then the other. I was more questioning the standing part - I don't know why I would immediately stand rather than taking some time lying down or kneeling before standing up.

My habit was usually to get on as you described based on the areas I've paddled, and then I get going on my knees before standing. I find it much easier to pop up to standing once I have a good glide going than when I'm at a standstill.
 

bounceswoosh

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
My habit was usually to get on as you described based on the areas I've paddled, and then I get going on my knees before standing. I find it much easier to pop up to standing once I have a good glide going than when I'm at a standstill.
Pretty sure I've even seen that advice in videos - movement makes it easier. Also after the struggle of climbing aboard, I need a moment! Just like after a fall in powder, it's good to get your head straight. That's my thought process.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
Pretty sure I've even seen that advice in videos - movement makes it easier. Also after the struggle of climbing aboard, I need a moment! Just like after a fall in powder, it's good to get your head straight. That's my thought process.

Yeah, for me these habits are definitely from that first lesson I took. Maybe I need to experiment a little more as time goes on lol, but it has worked nicely so far.
 

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