Simply walking on water
Using a surfboard differently
Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) – a sport which is still rather unknown in this part of the world but is a traditional way of locomotion overseas. It has its roots in the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaiians used logboats with one paddle to reach fishing grounds or reefs which were difficult to access.
In our region, the SUP-board is also used for locomotion in fact, not to find your luck in fishing but rather to relax while gliding across the Schlei and to enjoy the atmosphere on the water. One board, one paddle – that's all you need to walk on water.
Indeed, you don't have the range of a sailing boat or a canoe, but that's exactly the way to discover the Schlei region even more intensely. Using the board, you can almost go ashore at every bathing spot, beach, stage and harbour to discover the many places at the Schlei and then drift along with the current again.
The basis for standup paddleboarding
What to keep in mind with standup paddleboarding
- The right place
As a newcomer to this sport, it is important to choose a quiet place protected from wind and waves to learn to stand on the board. The best place to start is a sandy beach or a stage with a suitable height to easily step on the board.
- The right paddle
The correct size of the paddle is imperative for the range. The paddle is height adjustable and can, therefore, be customised. The ideal size of the paddle is your height plus the length of your arm.
- Stepping on the board
The best way to step on your board is in knee-deep water. Position the paddle to the horizontal centre of the board. Hold the paddle, then lift your knees onto your board.
- Standing on the board
To stand up, position the paddle to the horizontal centre of the board, put your toes on the board and extend your legs and stand. Position your feet flat on the board for stability and start paddling for balance.
- The ideal position on the board
To find the ideal position on your board, position the paddle in the middle of the board and start moving slightly forward and backward. If the nose (front part of the board) is covered with water, move backwards and if the tail (rear part of the board) is covered with water, move forward. The ideal position depends on the weight distribution.
- First paddling attempts
Start your first paddling attempts by sitting on your knees to get a feel for the board and to find the correct balance.