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Updated: 04/24/2014 10:48:04AM

Watery workout Mix it up a little, exercise on a paddleboard

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sup fun • nicole miers-pandolfi

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One of the most common questions I receive from people is “how difficult is it to stand up on the board?” It is easy to learn how to stand up on a paddleboard. Most people get the hang of it in a matter of minutes. It is the technique in paddling that takes some time and practice to master. Proper paddle stroke allows for one of the best cardio and abdominal workouts you will ever try. This is where the concept of paddle fitness was born. Learning the techniques for proper paddle stroke is more efficient and an important aspect in self-rescue. As wind and weather conditions can change while paddling on open water it is important to know how to paddle quickly through any wind condition.

Racing paddle strokes were developed by combining theory from Hawaiian and Tahitian paddlers. When learning proper stroke the emphasis should be on technique and not speed. The rate of paddle strokes per minute will increase with practice. While stroke is a great way to get in shape paddleboard fitness has been increasing in dynamic ways.

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