Set up options for you paddle board

The key to determining the right set up for your LIVE paddle board, is first determining on what type of adventure you are undertaking.  Is it a simple Saturday morning paddle with friends or family?  Are you going out all day for a skinny water fishing adventure?  Are you navigating tight river, canal or mangrove tunnels?  All of these things will help determine on what type of set up is right for you. 

Some example set up needs: 

SIMPLE (short 1-2 hour paddle out with friends/family/pets):  An easy set up for a short trip like this might just be your LIVE paddle board, a paddle, life vest, leash (or both), a water, and maybe a YAK Attack Rotogrip paddle holder.  You may also want to bring a cooler to keep your water cold, a few snacks and to act as a seat if you want to take a break from standing on your board.  A nice YETI Tundra 35 could be perfect. 

INTERMEDIATE:  (half day excursion out for fishing, exploring the natural springs, or local waterways):  A nice set up for a slightly longer day may look like your LIVE paddle board, a paddle, life vest, leash (or both), a couple waters to drink, a YETI Tundra 35 cooler, a YAK Attack Rotogrip paddle holder, a YAK Attack Zooka Tube fishing rod holder, your GoPro, and maybe even a LIVE Bait Well.  

ADVANCED: (all day excursion, or multiple day excursion out):  A more advanced day(s) out might need a more robust set up.  Your day out on the water might include your LIVE paddle board, a paddle, life vest, leash, waters, snacks, a YETI Tundra 45 cooler, YAK Attack Rotogrip paddle holder, a YAK Attack Zooka Tube fishing rod holder, your GoPro, the LIVE Adventure box to keep your belongings dry, and a few YAK Attack Tie-downs to keep everything in its place during your adventure.  

Set up examples

We'll be adding numerous examples of how our LIVE Adventurers set up there board, from the simple cooler and paddle holder, to examples of more elaborate fishing set ups. 

How-to setup videos

To help our new LIVE adventurers out, we'll be providing video tutorials on how to install certain accessories to ensure  your set up is as easy as possible. 

How to stand on your paddle board

Ideally, your want to start in shallow and calm water when getting on your LIVE paddle board

  • Stay in shallow water, but navigate your board to a depth where the fins aren't touching the bottom surface
  • Climb on your paddle board while kneeling and center yourself on the board
  • Take a few paddle strokes on each side to give your board some glide
  • Slowly climb up from your knees, one foot at a time and re-center yourself on the board
  • Keep your feet about shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent

Paddle board basic forward stroke

The key to a good paddle board stroke is properly using your paddle as a lever and engaging your core muscles to provide an efficient and powerful stroke

  • You want one arm positioned on top of the paddle, with the other arm straight and positioned lower on the paddle (if paddling on your left, the left arm should be the lower arm with your right on top and visa versa if paddling on your right)
  • Your lower arm should act as the fulcrum point of the lever (staying relatively still), while the top hand is used to move the lever (paddle)
  • To begin, move your top hand closer to your body to push the blade of the paddle forward
  • Insert the paddle blade into the water, then use your core muscles along with your top hand to push yourself past the paddle (stroking the paddle backwards)
  • Repeat that stroke several times, and be sure to switch sides to maintain a straight line while paddling (remembering to switch arm position on the paddle when you do switch)