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Getting Started with Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) in Lake Tahoe
SUP or Standup Paddle Boarding has been done by some adventure lovers these days mostly due
to its toning benefits. You will keep your core muscles and legs engaged for balancing on the board
and get full-body workout with low impact from strength and cardio training with paddling. SUP
Lake Tahoe was initiated about a decade ago in Waikiki. It was started for the purpose of
keeping tabs on visitors for beach guides. Now Tahoe SUP has become most popular water sports
across the globe. You can easily learn riding Tahoe paddle board and have great body workout and
it is truly versatile. It provides lots of fun to surfers.
Gear for Paddle Boarding
In order to fully enjoy this water sport, these are the following important gears you should have –
Standup Paddleboard – Tahoe Stand up Paddle Board is, by far, the most important paddle
boarding gear. According to experience and weight of the paddler, sizes vary.
Standup Paddle – These paddles come with “elbow” or angle in its shaft. It provides great
efficiency. Make sure to pick a paddle that is around 6 to 8 inches taller than your height.
Personal Flotation Device or PFD – Standup paddleboards have been categorized as vessels by
the US Coast Guard. When it comes to paddle in navigable water, make sure to wear PFD.
Inflatable PFD is one best option.
Wear sunglasses and sunscreen for proper sun protection.
Clothing – In chilling weather when there is high risk of hypothermia, make sure to wear a dry
suit or swimsuit. Wear bathing suit or t-shirt and shorts if environment is milder.
Paddling in Tahoe
Tahoe is the ideal place to start paddle boarding for beginners and read our guide to know more
about this sport in the waters of Bay Area. This area is best place to do paddle boarding
comfortably and know the technique because of calm waters and warm temperature. You can
explore the long 72 mile shorelines of the lake with paddle board and get exciting experience that
is not offered by other crafts.
Before 10 am, the lake stays calm and flat and winds are usually lighter until sunset. For learning,
the best time to start is early evening and morning. If you want to paddle on the beach, you may go
barefoot. But if you are going out for an hour, make sure to bring sandals, water, snacks, sunscreen