For those of us who have been paddling for a while, we often forget the plight of the first-timers. The folks that decided to fork out 30 bucks on vacation to rent a SUP but after taking their first few strokes (paddle backwards, of course), their knees start to wobble, their weight shifts to their heels and they’re stumbling backwards off the board and into the drink. Naturally, the internet finds these “fails” to be hilarious, so somebody put together a three-minute edit called, “People vs. Paddleboards.”
We admit, watching these bloopers is pretty entertaining, but it also underscores the importance of wearing the proper safety equipment. Beginners can easily become separated from their board during a fall, which can and does lead to tragedies. So have a good laugh, but let this video also serve as a reminder about the dangers of standup paddling and why safety should always come first.