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How To Get Back On Your SUP Inflatable Board

Getting back on your paddle board from the water can be challenging, so here are a couple of easy tips on how to get back on your SUP inflatable board.

Firstly, approach your board from the side and use the carry handle or strap to pull your upper body onto the board. Once your upper body is completely on the deck of the board, kick your feet and rotate the rest of your body up and onto the board. Now you can resume paddling from the kneeling position. If you’ve dropped your paddle, you can simply lay down and prone paddle with your arms to retrieve your paddle back.

Another method for getting onto your paddle board is from the tail. For this method you’re going to swim to the tail of the board, place both hands onto the tail or the kick pad, and push down whilst pulling your upper body onto the board. To pull yourself up the board, grab the rails and pull yourself whilst kicking your feet. Once you have your whole body on the board, you can work your way forward to the middle position, grab your paddle and resume paddling.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.