Find your Center of Gravity

When students attend my SUP classes, I talk a lot about "befriending gravity". Finding our center of gravity is essential for balance and alignment on our boards. Center of gravity, in physics, is an imaginary point in a body of matter where the weight of the body is thought to be concentrated. If we do not have a uniform weight distribution then we will feel off center and will often grip with our toes. On the other hand, when we rest our weight over our feet and toward the center of the earth, our weight is evenly distributed and we work less to hold ourselves in place.

My objective is to guide students toward finding a relaxed style when they SUP, which enhances their experience. This starts with a low center of gravity. Once students find the "sweet spot" on their boards and within their own being, they can glide through the water with ease and grace…and get into the zen of it.

To find your own paddleboarding zen, take a class with us!  

MAKE A SPLASH!

When learning to Stand-up Paddleboard, losing your balance is sometimes inevitable.  Learning how to properly fall (yes, there’s a correct way to fall!) is as important as learning to stand up on the board.  Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • If possible, always start out in flat, calm water and before you stand up, make sure there’s plenty of depth.
  • If you lose your balance, be sure to aim to either side of your paddleboard so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause bumps and bruises.
  • Paddles float, so if you fall, let it go – it won’t sink.  If you hold onto the paddle, it can cause injury to your arm. 
  • Don’t get separated from your board (wearing a SUP leash is recommended).  Once you’re in the water, swim to your board first, then retrieve your paddle. 
  • Always (ALWAYS) wear a PFD.  Even some of the strongest swimmers have found themselves in situations where a life jacket saved their lives.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, HAVE FUN!  I always say that falling in is half the fun.  So, if you’re gonna fall in, why not make a splash?!  After all, falling is just another way to fly.