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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:16AM

Getting vertical on a stand-up paddleboard

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Looking down into the water from a new vantage point is an amazing way to see nature. But first you have to learn how to stand up! Stand-up paddleboarding looks really easy. However, if you have ever seen someone trying the sport without any instruction it can be pretty comical. Knowing how and where to stand makes a big difference when you’re learning the sport.

First-timers on a SUP board should find a calm waterway. Usually inshore locations are best, preferably someplace sheltered from the wind. The Gulf is perfect for learning when the water is flat with no swells. An east winds keeps the swells low in the Gulf. Mornings are ideal for learning, as the sea breeze usually picks up in the afternoon.

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