How to Hold your SUP Paddle - 3 Hand Positions

It's not uncommon to see paddle boarders holding the paddle in an incorrect way.

What does incorrect mean?  

Standing Position:
- Hands too close together, which reduces power and control
- Hands too far apart. This creates strain on the inner arm and upper back and you'll have less rotation in your stroke.
- Hands not on the handle when standing.  Unless you're doing a short cadence race start, this technique forces you to bend over a bit to paddle, creating less power and control in your stroke.

Often we see folks holding the handle when kneeling. This increases strain on your arms and shoulders and most likely the paddle shaft will be diagonal thus turning the board on ever stroke (vertical shaft means the board will go straight(er).

Same as above, there's issues with hands being too close together or too far apart.

How to Paddle Correctly - 
I'm always cautious of saying 'proper technique' as folks have different methods of doing things for their own style. But for the most part, the above listed issues do lead to arm and shoulder pain, less power and more work.

Watch this video to learn how to use the Paddler's Box to determine how to hold the paddle when standing, kneeling or sitting. Note when sitting, we use choke up to the blade and use the long end of the shaft for the additional 'blade'.

See more videos and info for holding the paddle, paddling straight and the 3 paddling positions:

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