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How To Get Back On Your Paddle Board After Falling

Sean Poynter gives us a few helpful tips on how to get back to standing on our SUP after falling. | Photo: Matty & Elena Schweitzer Sean Poynter gives us a few helpful tips on how to get back to standing on our SUP after falling. | Photo: Matty & Elena Schweitzer

SAN DIEGO, California - Falling off of your paddle board is going to happen at some point or another when paddle boarding. It can be troublesome to get back on your SUP after falling if done incorrectly. Luckily, we have SUP expert Sean Poynter to help us with a few tips on how to get back up after we've fallen. Here are some tips from Starboard SUP and FCS SUP athlete Sean Poynter:

1. Position Yourself Correctly

A major trick of getting back onto your board after falling is positioning yourself correctly. When pulling yourself back up onto your board you want to make sure that you are in the center of the board -eg. where your handle is located. This is the most balanced and stable area of the board and will be easiest for you here to lug your weight up.

how to get up 1Make sure that you are in the center of the board where your handle is located. | Photo: Matty & Elena Schweitzer

Get more beginner paddle boarding tips here.

2. Use Predominant Hand To Pull Yourself Onto Paddle Board

When we go to pull ourselves up, it's best to use our predominant hand for the strength and hold the paddle in the other.

Note: A predominant left hand is best to climb up from the right side of the board, a predominant right hand is best to climb up from the left side.

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Use your predominant hand for the strength and hold the paddle in the other. | Photos: Matty & Elena Schweitzer

As you begin to pull yourself up, it's best to have your predominant hand on top of the board across the boards center line for offsetting your weight on the rail that you're climbing up.

More weight offsetting and board holding tips include reaching across the board to grab the other rail while you pull yourself up or grabbing the handle. Grabbing the handle is perfect for when the board is wide. Assist with your other hand as you hold the paddle.

See more SUP Surfing Tips here.

3. Come To A Sitting Position

Once the weight of your torso is on your board, swing your legs down and around the sides of the board, coming up to a sitting position.

how to get up 5After pulling yourself onto the board, get into a sitting position on the board. | Photo: Matty & Elena Schweitzer

4. Slowly Stand Up

Begin your process of standing. With both hands, drop the paddle across your board, shift your weight forward onto your hands kicking your feet up and planting soles down, then, rise slowly putting the paddle in the water, and voila, you're on.

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how to get up 8Slowly stand up and get back to paddling! | Photos: Matty & Elena Schweitzer

Remember, even the best of the best fall from time to time so don't get discouraged when it happens. Have fun with it and practice, practice, practice!

To see more SUP tips from expert Sean Poynter, click here.

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Last modified onThursday, 02 July 2015 11:40
Sean Poynter

San Diego, California - Sean Poynter is one of the world’s best stand up paddle surfers. Sean comes from a traditional surfing background where he was easily able to make the transition to SUP surfing and became one of the pioneers for progressing SUP surfing to the level that it’s at today. Sean proves SUP can be taken beyond flat water and into the waves for electrifying surfing performances.

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