Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Boards For Bay & Marinas
Paddle boards aren’t just for the ocean anymore! Inflatable stand-up paddle boards are the perfect way to experience the calm, flat water of an open bay or marina; it’s what we like to call “flat water cruising.” It’s great for new and experienced paddleboarders alike, and our inflatable SUPs for bay or marina cruising offer a totally unique Southern California experience.
Beginner Tips for Paddle Boarding in the Bay
Paddle boarding in a bay, marina or protected cove is generally a bit easier than doing so in the ocean or on a river; as the water is almost always much calmer in the morning and the evening. This is a great place to try SUP for the first time.
- Look for areas that have flat water and lots of boats, or homes built right next to the water with docks and small beaches: these marinas are very effective at blocking the wind so that the water stays flat and calm. Most flatwater paddle boarders launch from a flat, sandy shore.
- Start early in the day before the afternoon or right before sunset when the winds pick up and while the water is glassy.
- Select a wide and stable board to start.
- The board should feel comfortable and not unstable when standing up. If it still feels too unstable after several attempts to gain your balance, try a larger, wider paddle board.
- Always grip the paddle with one hand on the top of the paddle and the other on the center of the shaft. Hold the paddle in front of you, with your elbows bent at 90 degrees. This should give you a comfortable amount of space for paddling.
- When you’re paddling on the right side of your board, your left hand will be on the T-grip and your right hand a few feet down on the shaft. When you switch sides, reverse your hand positions.
- When paddling, our paddles have a logo on the forward facing side of the paddle that should be facing out from you not curved towards you. Holding your paddle in this way will provide you with optimal tracking and speed.
- Get the board out into in water so the fins are free from hitting the bottom. Start out on your knees and take a few strokes on each side of the board, then slowly, stand up with one foot at a time and stay in the center of the board in relation to the nose and tail with your feet parallel facing forward – about shoulder-width apart.
- Keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centered over the board once standing and start taking bigger strokes with the paddle.