How to fall off your stand up paddle board and get back on

In this short video, SUP instructor, Instructor trainer and SIC ambassador Anna Levesque, is going to teach you how to fall off your board and how to get back on.

The Fear of Falling Off your SUP board

The fear of falling off can sometimes hold us back from having fun.

So, if the weather is nice enough and it’s warm enough and the water is warm, sometimes it’s a good idea to fall in first and practice getting back on your board to build your confidence.

If it’s a colder day, you may want to wait until the end of your stand up paddle session or wait until you fall off you paddle board unintentionally.

But regardless, learning to fall off your paddleboard and get back on can be a confidence booster and it’s great for safety because your board is your biggeset PFD (Personal Floatation Device).

Fall Spectacularly Off Your Stand Up Paddle Board

When you fall off your SUP board, you want to fall off spectacularly. You dont’ want to try and catch yourself on the board, because the board is hard, the water is soft.

It’s much better to fall off completely and then get back on.

Also, you don’t want to jump into the water feet first, you want to jump long and shallow. Because you don’t know what’s under the water, it might look deep but ultimately you don’t really know.

you don’t really know.

Fall Off Long and Shallow

Yeeew, it’s refreshing, but now it’s out of the way! So what I’ll do is get my leash situated, I’ll put my paddle across my board, I’m going to take my hand on my handle. And this is the most important thing right here, is to get your feet up behind you and kicking my feet so you can see. If my feet are just underneath me and I try and pull up, I can pull up my board on top of me. I don’t want to do that, that’s not helpful.

So I’m gonna get my feet up behind me and what I want to do is give a big kick and pull at the same time.  And now I’m on my board. I’ll do another kick to come up and here I am.

That’s how you get back on your stand up paddle board!

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About the Author

Mathieu Astier

Mathieu is the hyper-active founder of TotalSUP and a multilingual online marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience working for top international internet companies. His love-at-first-sight for Stand Up Paddling in 2013 led him to build one of the leading online media dedicated to SUP in English and French and to turn his family lifestyle towards the ocean.

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