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How to Hold a Paddleboard

How to Hold a Paddleboard

If you’re handling a standup paddleboard, you might be surprised to discover = how heavy these boards are. Built from surfboard materials, a paddleboard isn’t effortless to handle. However, to prevent surface damage—and your physical fatigue—it’s important to understand the best methods for transporting your paddleboards.

Utilize the Paddle board Handles, if Any Exist—They Might be Hiding in the Center.

Typically, your standup paddleboard will make carrying easy with a built-in handle. The handle is set in the center of the board. When you’re ready to pick the board up, lean it on its side and reach for that inset handle by draping your arm over the top of the board.

Can I Rely on the Contoured Handle on My Board?

That centered handle in the middle of your board is designed for you to stick your hand inside and lift with ease, but that handle can fail you when it’s windy. The wind will sway your board as you try to carry it, in which case you may lose your grip easily.

How to Hold a Paddleboard on Your Head!?

The biggest challenge in picking up your board is dealing with its weight. SUPs can be heavy, so lighten your load by standing the board on its tail and face its deck. Make sure that you’re centeredbefore the board, and then lift it overhead and balance atop your head.

Long Distances Require Special Carrying Methods.

Most SUP carrying is mere minutes from the car to the water’s edge, but for longer distances, you’ll need an easy method. The best option is the head carry; this disperses the board’s weight through your whole body rather than weighing down one area.

What Do I Do if my Board is Uncomfortable on my Head?

Of course, resting a paddleboard atop your head can be an unpleasant feeling after a few feet of carrying. You can ease the pressure by leaning the board on its side, with one rail resting in the crook of your elbow and the weight sitting on your shoulder.

A Shoulder Carry Can be Even Easier to Maneuver

Resting the board on your shoulder in this way means you can also hold its handle if you need extra support. As it sits on you, reach across your body with the opposite hand and stabilize your SUP by holding that center handle to offer additional support with another arm’s pressure.

Trying a Shoulder Carry if Your Paddle board if Too Heavy for You Can Kink Your Neck.

Do be careful when you’re trying out the shoulder carry method, though. All of that weight on one shoulder for long lengths of time can cause painful muscle cramps or “kinks” and knots along your shoulder and neck.

Carry the SUP by its Rails

Don’t want to carry the board on your head? Can’t reach across its deck? You have one more carrying choice: lifting it by its rails, or side, with one hand on either side of the board’s width. It’s a more awkward way to transport your board, but if you can handle it, it’ll work.

Make Sure You Squat Before You Lift…

Keep your back and your knees in mind whenever you lift your SUP. To keep yourself safe, and not sore, squat to reach and lift the board. This ensures you won’t bend over and put pressure on your joints or your spine.

…Even if Your Board Feels Light to You as You Lift.

Sure, a paddleboard can be light for some, but it’s always crucial to keep your back in a position that alleviates strain and extra weight. Squatting places the board’s weight and pressure on your thighs and keeps you stablein your feet, ensuring you won’t topple over while lifting.

Don’t Expect to Throw the Board Under Your Arm Comfortably, Like a Surfboard.

No matter your size, a paddleboard can be awkward to carry thanks to their width and length. Picking one up isn’t as easy – and if you’re small, often too big for you to lift. Try a two-person carry if need, with a friend lifting the tail while you handle the nose.

Do I Need to Worry About Touching the Board?

If you’re new to SUP, you might be worried about damaging your board while carrying. This is a worry for most paddleboarders, so there are options. You can carry your board in a board bag, or drape a soft cloth over it to avoid scratching or dents, as Stand Up Journal suggests.

Often, Placing Your Paddle board on Top of a Car Can Result in Damage.

Typically, your car is going to leave behind more damage than carrying your board in your arms. That’s where a padded board bag is particularly useful: it prevents the wind, dirt, and any potential bangs and bumps that can happen as you lift and lower the board onto your roof.

Click here to read our complete guide on transporting your SUP

Always Keep Your Board Fins Facing Up

The biggest potential for damage on your paddleboard comes with your fins. Placing your board the wrong way atop your vehicle could break your fins off or, even worse, act as a sail while you drive. Remember, you place it deck-down and fins up.

And Don’t Forget to Tie Your Board Down Securely So It’s Doesn’t Go Flying.

Ever forget something on your car roof, only to watch it fly off when you hit the gas? Prevent this from happening to your SUP by securing it to your roof rack with bungee cords or rope. You want to attach your board tightly, so driving maneuvers andwind don’t set it free.

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