Hey, I’m Curran with Next Adventure and
today we’re at the Scappoose Bay Paddling Center and we’re going to be playing on
some stand-up paddle boards. The first thing you should know is these
boards can be kind of heavy and cumbersome. They’re long and big, but in
the middle of most boards you’ll have a good grip to get a good hold on the
board. If you bend at the knees and stand up you can get a good grip and
take them pretty much anywhere you want to go. When you set them down be sure to watch out
for the skeg on the bottom, you don’t want to trip that up on anything. Stand-up paddleboards can be difficult at first to learn on, but after a few
minutes I think you’ll get the hang of it and have a really good time. Setting the
board on a stable surface to practice is a good option for going through the
motions. To start, you’re going to kneel on the board, roughly in the middle. Having that
handle we talked about earlier in front of your knees. When you’re a
safe distance from anything you could fall on, you want to give standing a shot.
Make sure there’s no docks or other boards or people around you. Find a safe
place and you’re gonna square up to the front of the board. You’re gonna pick a
point at the nose and you’re gonna stare at it. Then, using both your hands in
front of you, you’re gonna slowly pop up and place your feet squarely, roughly
shoulder width apart, in the middle of the board and come to a full stand.
At that point you should be ready to go. Should you find yourself having an off
board experience while out there in the water these boards can be kind of
challenging to get back on. The best way to do it from the water is going to be by grabbing that Center handle on the board.
Pull yourself onto it about waist high, swing a leg over and bring your other
leg up, then we’re back into that kneeling position so we can stand up
again. Once you’re standing firmly on the board with a good balance, you’re ready
to take off and enjoy your paddle. If you think you want to give this a shot for
yourself, come down to the Scappoose Bay Paddling Center – we got boards ready! Be
sure to make a reservation and we’ll see you on the water. 57420 Old Portland Rd.
Warren, OR 97053