Woman holding a stand up paddle board

Wondering How Hard is Paddle boarding?

​Paddle boarding is one of the most recent upcoming and popular activities to do. As more and more people begin to flock to it, this raises the question: is paddleboarding hard? This is a rather ​subjective question to ask, but it can be answered. Today, we will be going over paddleboarding and whether or not it is easy or hard to get into.

​​Factors That Make Paddle Boarding Difficult


​There are a lot of different factors that can make paddle boarding hard. One is your ​experience. Paddle boarding requires balance. If you have had experience with any other type of boarding activity, you will find it easier to do paddle boarding. This could be surfing or even skateboarding. With that experience in the back of your mind, you will find it easier to do paddle boarding.

This doesn't directly translate as easy as it sounds, but it does make learning how to do standup paddle boarding better.


​Standup paddle boarding can take a lot of energy and fitness. If you are not in shape, paddle boarding will be much more difficult for you. The activity itself is designed to get you in shape though. So, as time goes on, you will get better at SUP (Standup paddle boarding). However, until then, you will find it hard. Going along with fitness, having upper body strength will make yoru experience better. Having to pull yourself back on the board after falling off is difficult for some.


​One factor that affects the difficulty of your paddleboarding experience is your weight. Having a higher weight makes it more difficult to balance. This will be different depending on the person which speaks for most of the aspects on our list today. It also makes it harder to pull yourself back on the board after you have fallen off. 


​Now, depending on what you plan to be doing with paddleboarding, the level of difficulty will change. Some people use paddleboarding for surfing while others will simply use it to roam a river. You also have people who like to race on paddle boards. Whatever your purpose is for paddleboarding, the difficulty will rise or fall.

​Tips for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

​Now that you know some of the things that can make paddleboarding easy or hard for you, let's go over a few tips that can help you with learning how to paddle board.

Focus on the horizon

One beginner mistake is looking at the board while you are trying to learn. Avoid doing this at all cost. To get better stability, you should focus your eyes on the hoirzon. Keep your back straight and try to balance by allowing your body weight to sit over your toes. If you keep looking down at your feet, your body weight can easily shift and mess you up without you knowing why.

Watch how you fall off the board

No matter what level of experience you are at, you will fall off. This is a natural occurence that even the pros experience. So, instead of trying to avoid falling off, try to fall off the correct way. Safety is important with any activity and paddle boards can hurt if you hit them the wrong way. So, when you do fall, try to fall away from the board.

Take good care of your gear

Beginners typically get bigger paddle boards to make the experience easier. This means it can easily get out of hand in terms of maintenance. Allows look out for your board. They are expensive and easy to damage due to them being light weight.

Stick to waves you can handle

​Big waves can be very dangerous and trying to ride them at any level of experience is difficult. Avoid big waves at all cost if you are new to paddleboarding. 


​In conclusion, paddleboarding in itself is not a difficult task. However, the different aspects involved can be difficult. Learning how to paddle board is not hard. As with anything, with enough hard work and dedication, you too can be good at paddle boarding.