I've always wanted to try paddle boarding. Sitting at the beach and watching how much fun others looked while standing on their inflatable paddle boards. It always intrigued me. However, the cost of the paddle boards kind of discouraged me a little from going down this road.
I did some research years ago, trying to find that happy medium of cost for this new outside adventure. Of course, Amazon has tons to select from and costs that are tolerable. There seems to be some huge difference in prices from Amazon to some of the other companies that sell their brands only on their websites, and not on Amazon.
This new adventure or idea that I started probably in 2020 faded quickly.
Than 2022 Henderson Beach, FL vacation came around. There were a few young people in and out of the beach with their new colorful inflatable paddle boards. I would watch them every day for about a week. I remember telling my wife that looks like fun and wouldn't mind giving it a try.
Well, she ordered me one online from iRocker for Father's Day. I was very surprised with the gift.
Let's Do This
My new iRocker Inflatable Paddle Board arrived.
My first step was to prepare myself. Never take anything for granite. Learn from those who have already experienced what I'm about to experience.
YouTube is your best source for educational videos. I watched many videos to try to prepare myself for this new adventure that I have been looking forward too. I feel like I learned a lot and was ready to hit the water.
Callaway Beach - Camping
Inflating The Paddle Board.
First step was finding some good ground to roll out my new inflatable paddle board. The best spot was on the beach for me. So, we rolled it out, and unpacked everything.
See your instructions on unpacking and inflating. To be honest, I think I liked the manual pumping than an electric pump. It did not take long to pump up to around 15psi.
Steps To Get On The Paddle Board
- Flip the board on its edge and carry the board by its handle and against your body to the water.
- You want to walk into the water to a safe depth where the fins will not hit bottom/ground of the water when placing the board in the water. This will prevent any potential damage to the fins.
- Now, you can board the paddle board one knee at a time. Place your first knee to the opposite side edge of the board with the grab handle in the center of your legs. Basically, the grab handle of the board should align to your crotch.
- Now place your 2nd knee on the other side of the board edge. Basically, if you get on the board with your left knee first, then your right knee. You want to keep your legs about shoulder width apart for balancing.
- The paddle will be running perpendicular to the board with your knuckles laying against the board itself.
- Once you feel balanced, bring the paddle into position by grabbing the top of the paddle with one hand, and grabbing towards the center of the paddle with the other hand, placing the paddle into water directly along the edge of the paddle board. To start moving forward, you want to keep the paddle close against the paddle board and start padding.
- You want to get the paddle board moving forward when attempting to stand up.
- Start with either your right leg or left. Move into a standing position with your one leg. For this article, I will start with your right leg into a standing position, then move your left leg into a standing position.
- With both legs, shoulder length apart and center of the grab handle, keep your head up and looking straight ahead, while transitioning into a full standing position. You will probably wobble a little, but just keep your head straight and looking forward, with the paddle in the water paddling slowly.
On my first attempt, I was able to stand and start moving the board forward in the water. Where I think I had a problem and fell, was when I tried to turn the paddle board. I feel like I may have turned to quickly, where the paddle board nose dug in too deep into the water, and it got me off balance.
The 2nd time I fell was when I tried to lift one foot and move backwards on the board. I should have hopped with both feet into position, or I should have got back down on my knees and moved from the kneeling position.
- Make sure you have the leash on, so that when you fall, the paddle board will be accessible.
- Make sure you are not alone while paddling. Either someone is with you, or you have let someone know where you are.
- When you fall, try not to fall on the paddle board itself. You want to fall away from the board into the water.
- Wear a PFD (personal flotation device). Make sure it is appropriate for inflatable paddle boards.
- Do not paddle at night.
- Be cautious and aware of the wind.
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