“Stand Up Paddle Board Racing for Beginners” is the perfect newbie's guide to preparing for your first paddle board race.
Paddle boarding takes certain equipment and it can be intimidating to even think about entering a competition, so this provides a great place to start. There is a lot of information out there and training guides geared towards advanced paddle boarders, but nothing really for the beginner. This is a nice, easy introduction to the basics of paddle boarding and how that relates to training for a race.
In this guide, learn about:
- Why I wrote this book
- Different water to train in and how their altitude affects training (specifically in Lake Tahoe, USA)
- Finding the right coach
- Access to water and why people paddle board
- The basics of paddle boarding
- Finding the right kind of paddle board for your race
- The best paddles and other accessories for your competition
- What to wear
- When to start training
- Know how much time you have to train
- Developing balance, strength and endurance
- Paddle stroke techniques
- Safety: the key to having fun
- What to expect on race day
- Takeaways from my first races
- Tips and tricks
- My personal training diary and additional resources
About the Expert
Residing in Lake Tahoe, California, Kayla works for one of the best stand-up paddleboard rental/coffee shops in the nation called Waterman’s Landing. There, she has access to some of the best paddle boards, the water, and two elite paddle board racers. In autumn 2017, she started seriously training for her first paddle board race and took third out of six people in Mike’s Sunday Fun Race. In the duration of her training, she ended up shaving 6-8 minutes off of her average distance time. Although she is nowhere near being an elite athlete, Kayla is still paddle board racing and working up the ranks.
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