At Blue Planet, we have taught thousands how to Stand Up Paddleboard.

We have probably seen every possible beginner mistake, but here is our lineup of the top 10 most common SUP mistakes:

#10: Holding the paddle backward and hands too close together

#9: Using only the tip of the blade and not reaching forward

#8: Holding the paddle diagonally and also far away from the board

#7: Falling onto the board instead of into the water

#6: Looking down instead of forwarding

#5: Kicking under the board when trying to get back on

#4: Not centering weight on board

#3: Drifting with the wind and not controlling the direction

#2: Going out in dangerous conditions and with the wrong gear

#1: Not wearing a leash

We detail how to correct each of these mistakes and how it will help you develop good habits and efficient paddle technique.

They are also covered: Choosing the right gear- board volume, width, length, paddle length—in beginner-friendly and safe conditions.

Demo boards before buying; why not wear a leash can be deadly.

Efficient paddle stroke technique. How to fall safely into the water- not falling on board or jumping in feet first.

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Tom Leithner
Hi, I'm Tom Leithner, a SUP Paddle Board expert and enthusiast. With years of experience and a passion for all things SUP, I'm excited to share my knowledge and tips on the website As a dedicated paddler, I have had the privilege of receiving several prizes and rewards for my expertise in the field. My journey with SUP began with a deep appreciation for the serene beauty of the water and the sense of freedom it provides. Over the years, I have honed my skills and explored various SUP techniques and gear, allowing me to offer valuable insights and advice to fellow enthusiasts. Through this website, I aim to provide comprehensive guidance on choosing the right SUP board, essential gear, and techniques to optimize your paddleboarding experience. Whether you're a beginner looking to get started or a seasoned paddler seeking new challenges, my goal is to equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to make the most of your SUP adventures. I believe in the power of sharing experiences and fostering a strong SUP community. Join me on this exciting journey as we dive into the world of SUP and discover new destinations, techniques, and gear together. Let's make every paddleboarding experience unforgettable. Stay tuned for regular updates and fresh content, as I continue to explore, learn, and share my passion for SUP on Together, let's make waves and elevate our paddleboarding adventures to new heights.