Intro to Paddling: Safety tips, Board & Paddle Terminology and Beginner Technique

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In this strong instructional video with Anthony Vela, get the basics of stand up paddling from safety tips, precautions and paddle + board terms to preliminary instruction on how to start paddling.  This video is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to get YOU ready for the virtual Panda Paddle event, scheduled for August 21st – 23rd. Anyone can join in and now, you can too!

What is the Panda Paddle?

Each year, the World Wildlife Fund creates a dynamic fundraiser to raise awareness for their environmental causes by “putting people in nature to help protect it.” This is the Panda Paddle. This year’s event is a Virtual Race or Recreational Paddle Experience. Paddlers help to raise money for this great cause and participate in a variety of paddling experiences on the weekend of August 21st – 23rd.  No matter what your current skill level, if you have board & paddle, you can participate.

Protect the planet AND paddle?  Sounds like fun!

Candice Appleby panda paddle Infinity SUP

Paddle for the Environment:  World Wildlife Virtual Panda Paddle

Option #1:  Recreational Fun Paddle:  Just Have Fun!
For newbie paddlers or those who just don’t want to race, the Panda Paddle’s Recreational Paddle virtual event invites you to connect with nature just by being in it. For the event, you paddle in your own back yard or local waterways deciding your own course and or recreational paddle.  All manner of water crafts are welcome including: stand up paddleboards, prone paddleboards, outriggers, surfskis, kayaks or canoes. All YOU have to do is go for a paddle in nature & help raise the funds to protect it.


Panda Paddle World Wildlife Fund Panda head

Option #2:  Virtual Paddle Competitive Race
Stand up paddle racers and competitors can sign up for the Panda Paddle’s Virtual Paddle Competition to go fast and protect the environment. Paddle racers will register for either the 5KM or 10KM courses and use a fitness tracker to keep track of their time. For this virtual event, you choose your race course in your own local waters. Race the course,  record your time on a Garmin or other fitness tracker and post the results on your Instagram page to be entered to win!

You can even train with race director and SUP legend Anthony Vela using the virtual training videos on the Panda Paddle’s website. Support the WWF and keep your training top notch for this great event! Race times be accepted after August 23rd, 2020.


Panda Paddle sup race event

Register for Panda Paddle to Protect the Planet

Registrants will make a one-time donation of $30 to participate and be given an individual or team fundraising page where you can ask family and friends to participate. Have them support you and help preserve the planet’s natural habitats. If you love water as we do, it’s easy to ask for support. Plus, this is an opportunity to ‘get together’ with people virtually from all over who share a similar lifestyle. And, if racing, it’s a chance to test your mettle against some of our best SUP racers to see where you stack up!

All in all, a fun weekend for everybody!  If not racing yourself, you can support Team Standup Journal in our quest to protect what we love most… water!

Donate HERE.

P.S.  Did we mention there is SWAG?

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.