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10 video guides on how to stand up paddle board

Getting Started

Sam starts us off with the basics of how to stand up paddle board. Going through the gear, a few key terms and launching into the water. He also covers a couple of handy tips for getting about if you have trouble standing or if the wind/waves pick up.


In this video, Sam shows us how the kneel and paddle on the board. Kneeling is a great way to paddle away from or into the beach, in rough waters, around others or if you’re still finding your balance! He also covers turning how to turn the board quickly with the paddle.

Standing Up

Here it is, the one we’ve been waiting for. Sam shows us how to hold the paddle correctly, stand up on the board and working towards taking our first strokes.

Basic Paddling

Now that we’re up, we need to go somewhere. Sam shows us how to paddle with good technique and efficiency.

Improved Paddling

In this video, Sam runs through the finer points of the stroke so that you can paddle further and faster with less effort.

Using Your Core

Why let the arms do all the work? Your core is much stronger. Let’s see how you can improve your paddling.

The Step Back Turn

Oh now we’re getting fancy! Sam shows us how to shift our weight around to perform faster turns. These are stepping stones into moving up and down the board and riding waves.

The Reverse Paddle Turn

Same introduces another method of turning the board but without having to move our feet. A handy technique to have in your back pocket.

How to stand up paddle board, part 1 – with Starboard

In the following 2 videos but Starboard they go over similar topics but in a much quicker, briefer format.

How to stand up paddle board, part 2 – with Starboard

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of 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 football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.