How to improve your Inflatable SUP Experience with NIXY Sports

Looking to improve your inflatable SUP experience? Discover essential tips and techniques in this comprehensive guide to get the most out of your stand-up paddleboarding sessions.

Mastering Your SUP Stance for Better Experience

Stance and Balance: To maintain your balance as you stand upright on your SUP:

  • Feet should be parallel, centered between the board edges.
  • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight.
  • Balance with your hips, not your upper body.
  • Maintain head and shoulders steady and upright, shifting your weight by moving your hips.
  • Keep your gaze level at the horizon and avoid staring at your feet.
  • As your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.

Techniques to Improve Paddling Efficiency

  • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top (left) hand is on the top of the grip.
  • The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you, which might feel awkward initially.
  • Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Utilize your torso rather than your arms, leveraging the strength in your abdominal muscles.
  • Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand.
  • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.
  • Keep your strokes short and close alongside the board to maintain a straight path.
  • Switch sides after 4 or 5 strokes to maintain direction and balance.
  • Reverse hand positions when switching sides for optimal control.

Effective Turning Tactics

  • Sidestroke: Paddle on one side to turn the board in the opposite direction.
  • Back paddle: A quick reverse or directional change can be achieved by dragging the paddle backward on either side of the board.
  • Sweep stroke: Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke from front to back, turning your board to the opposite side.

Safe Falling Practices to Enhance SUP Safety

  • Aim to fall into the water rather than onto the board to avoid injury.
  • Retrieve your board first if separated from your paddle and board, then use it to retrieve your paddle.

Improving your inflatable SUP experience involves not only mastering the right techniques but also ensuring safety and enjoyment on the water. For more tips or personal guidance, don't hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at


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