You can do lots of enjoyable activities with a paddleboard. It’s up to you what you want to do with it as it’s extremely versatile. You can paddle with your hands while prone, use a paddle while standing in a stand-up paddleboard, or just enjoy a lazy ride aboard an inflatable paddleboard.

The activities you see right here are merely a few and you can do a lot more. The Philippines is perfect if you’d like to try getting into paddleboarding. We have plenty of beaches and lakes for you to try. But first, you’ll need your very own paddleboard.

Choosing and Buying Your First Paddleboard

There are 3 things you should take note of before you start with paddleboarding. You should start by getting the right board. The best choice for beginners is a wide, thick, and long paddleboard.

Tip: Choose a solid paddleboard for performance, but pick an inflatable paddleboard if you’re aiming for portability and convenience.

The bigger and thicker, the better since you’ll need it for the best stability. Finding your balance is the start of everything especially for stand up paddleboards.

Next is getting the right paddle. Sure, you can use your hands to paddle while prone, but if you want to stand up and paddle, you’ll need a paddle that’s at least 10 inches longer than you for more grip and traction.

Lastly is getting the right leash. Think of it as a seatbelt except it’s attached to your leg. You’ll need it to avoid accidents. For the leash, you’d want it to be as long as the paddleboard. You can go shorter but not by too much.

Just remember these and you’ll have an easier time choosing your own board. You’re a step closer to having an adventure on the fine waters of the Philippines with your new paddleboard. To get you started, here are a few beginner tips.

Some Tips to Get You Started

Start with these tips and with a little more practice, you might learn some tricks by yourself. Keep at it.

  • Find someone to teach you. If you have a friend who knows how to paddleboard, all the better. Otherwise, you might need to hire an instructor to teach you.
  • Start in calm waters. Practice balancing yourself on the board then try to paddle around. Calm waters aside, look for a spot without a crowd so you can concentrate on yourself.
  • Expect to fall on the first tries. Don’t be afraid to do so as it’ll teach you how to avoid injuries. Just remember to keep your leash on while practicing.
  • Wear a vest. Whether you know how to swim or not, a little bit of safety wouldn’t hurt as you practice.
  • Never look at your feet. Eyes forward and keep your wits about you. Looking at your feet will cause you to lose balance or crash into someone else.

A New and Exciting Activity Awaits

Choosing your very first stand-up paddleboard or inflatable paddleboard is the start of loving a new water sport and learning the ropes will reinforce your newfound interest. Lastly, you should choose a paddleboard spot that you’d like to visit in the Philippines. You could try Bohol, Palawan, Antique, Negros Island, and Siargao Island to kick off your adventure. Just remember to keep it safe and you’ll be on your way to becoming a pro.