Q: Do I need waves in order to paddleboard?
A: Even though paddleboards look like oversized surfboards, you don’t need waves in order to enjoy this self-propelled sport. In fact, flat water is preferred for building your paddleboard skills.
Q: What size paddleboard is best for me?
A: The choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. Talk to one of the experts at Nuwave SUP for help with choosing the right paddleboard for you.
Q: Why does the paddle have an angle?
A: The elbow in a paddle provides a more powerful, effective stroke. When you’re paddling, the elbow causes the paddle blade to align straight up and down as it comes alongside the paddleboard.
Q: What should I wear for paddleboarding?
A: Wear clothing that lets you move and that can get wet: shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit work well in warm climates. In cold weather when hypothermia is a danger, consider a wetsuit or drysuit. Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
Q: Do I need to wax the top of the paddleboard?
A: NuWave Stand Up Paddleboards have a traction pad attached to the top of the board. These provide reliable grip and should not be waxed. If you choose a paddleboard that doesn’t have such a pad or soft-top, you’ll need to use a base wax and a grip wax (such as Sticky Bumps) to provide traction.
Q: How do I transport the board on my car?
A: You can transport your paddleboard on the roof rack of a car. It’s best to use a bar pad on the rack in order to protect the board. Be sure to stack the board on the roof with the fin up, towards the front. Use surf-specific straps that won’t crush the foam on the board when you strap it down.
Q: Where is the best place to stand on a paddleboard?
A: Stand just behind the center point of the board. The nose (front) of the board shouldn’t pop out of the water, and the tail shouldn’t dig in.
Q: Can I take a paddleboard in rivers?
A: Yes, you can paddleboard almost any navigable body of water.
Q: Why not just use a kayak?
A: Kayaking is great fun, but the beauty of SUP is that standing up allows you to enjoy much better views, both to the horizon and down into the water. It’s a simpler sport to pursue than kayaking, with less equipment required. It also offers a fantastic core workout.
Q: Can you surf with a paddleboard?
A: Yes, but learn to surf in an empty break before you enter the lineup. When you get good, remember to share the wave