Paddle Board Balance 5 Tips

It’s not always easy to find balance on your board when up for the first time or while on a smaller board and paddling through boat wakes, wind or small waves. Use these paddle board balance tips to paddle more, swim less!

Get low not high when you get tippy

Paddle when you get tippy – don’t freeze and try to balance. 

When in doubt, paddle

Momentum is stability. 

– The paddle in the water is more stable than when in the air

Practice the above tips, wear a leash and PFD to avoid losing your board or ending up on the news.

Gear in video: 
Bark 14′ Dominator — Out of production. But check out Bark boards. 

NRS Inflatable Waist Life jacket

Werner Trance paddle

Leash attached to waist for use in current


More Paddle Board Balance Tips

7 Easy Ways to Get Back on your Board

5 Low Profile Life Jackets

Tips for Improving your Balance


About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races throughout the year. 

Salmon Bay Paddle SUP Tips

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