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How to Safely Fall Off Your Stand-up Paddle Board

May 1, 2023
Paddle Boarder Falling Into Water in Front of Rock Formation

As much as we love stand-up paddle boarding (SUP-ing), there are certain dangers and risks to this wonderful sport. For instance, if you fall on your SUP—especially unexpectedly—it can really do some damage to your body. From bruises to fractures to broken bones, it’s important to know the reality of such plausible injuries; or, perhaps even more importantly, how to avoid and prevent them. That’s why our team at Atoll Boards is here today: to teach you how to safely fall off your stand-up paddle board. As always, we have everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

Three Rules for Falling Off Your SUP

Let’s begin by going over the three rules for falling off your SUP. First, always fall away from your board, as landing on your SUP will probably, if not definitely, hurt more than falling into the water. Then, when you do hit the water, try to fall as flat as possible; imagine landing just like a pancake. Or, if you do fall on your board, try to cover your head with your arms. Trust us, you don’t want to hit your head on your board. Finally, always wear a leash and a personal flotation device (PFD). In the event of any unfortunate circumstances—such as shock, injury, or any other form of incapacitation—a PFD can be a real life saver, as it will keep you afloat no matter what. Similarly, if you’re tied to a leash, you’ll stay close to your board. Plain and simple, a leash and a PFD will make a world of difference, especially when used together.

Paddle Boarder Jumping Onto Atoll Board in Front of Rock Formation

Tips and Tricks for How to Practice Falling

While practicing falling does sound pretty self-explanatory, we do have some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of it. First, dress for the water temperature as well as immersion. If you’re too cold in the water, you’re not going to learn as much or perform as well as you normally would. This makes sense, of course, as no one does their best when they don’t feel their best. Then, before you go too far out there, we recommend staying close to the shoreline, especially if you have any concerns about getting out of the water, back on your board, and so on. At the same time, though, make sure the water is at least waist- or chest-deep, if not even deeper. Simply put, the deeper the water, the lower the chance of injury. 

Additionally, always wear your leash and PFD, even when you’re just practicing. Lastly, practice falling off the side and back of the board until you feel comfortable and confident about it. Then, when you finally feel like you know what you’re doing, you’re probably ready for the real deal. Or, if you go out for a paddle and realize you still have some practicing to do, that’s okay! You can always pick up where you left off. After all, practice makes perfect.

Get in Touch With Our Team at Atoll Boards

We hope this helped with learning how to safely fall off your stand-up paddle board. For more information about this or anything else, please feel free to get in touch with our team at Atoll Boards. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. In the meantime, stay safe, have fun, and happy paddling, everyone!

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