Posts Tagged ‘paddling technique’

V is for vertical shaft while paddling

April 26, 2015

My number one paddleboarding paddle tip: While paddling keep your paddle shaft vertical. This keeps your blade closer in to the center line of the board. This translates into more of the force you generate moving the boat in a straight line. I see it as being lopsided. The more your shaft angles the more lopsided your SUP is. As your paddle shaft gets more toward vertical, the force gets closer to the center line and becomes less lopsided. Hard to visualize I know, but next time you’re out paddling, focus on the shaft being vertical and watch the effect it has on your board moving in a straight line.