Try stand-up pad­dle­board­ing with kids

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Try stand-up pad­dle­board­ing with kids

For those who are look­ing for a fun out­door ac­tiv­ity for the whole family to do to­gether, con­sider one of the fastest-grow­ing wa­ter sports in the world: stand-up pad­dle­board­ing. Known as SUP, it’s a great ac­tiv­ity for chil­dren and adults alike.

Re­mem­ber that there’s a “sweet spot” on the pad­dle­board where you start and find your bal­ance and the cen­ter of the board. If you’re too far for­ward, your nose (the front of the board) will be un­der the wa­ter. If you’re too far be­hind the sweet spot, the back of your board will be un­der the wa­ter.

When chil­dren join you on the pad­dle­board, think about their weight and where they’re sit­ting on the board. If you’re a be­gin­ner pad­dle­boarder, start off kneel­ing on the board and have the chil­dren close to you in the cen­ter of the

Many stores will mea­sure and adapt pad­dles.

Have the pad­dle (top left) cor­rectly sized for your child. Go to a spe­cialty store (top right) when choos­ing a pad­dle­board. Be­low left, it's a good idea for chil­dren to first prac­tice pad­dling tech­niques in a pool.

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