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How to Take Your Paddle Boarding Skills to the Next Level

Lifestyle

Paddle boarding is increasingly becoming a popular water sport in the world today. People get on board to compete and show off their on-boarding skills. Others enjoy it because it offers them a unique perspective on nature. Some consider it as their favorite outdoor activity as they enjoy exploring the beautiful water environs and catching fish with their families.

However, paddleboarding is not an easy sport to master. To enjoy its full benefits, you need to acquire the right gear, and familiarize yourself with various techniques to enhance your skills and guarantee your safety. If you have fallen in love with paddleboarding and would like to take your skills to the next level, here are tips to help you out.

Get the right gear

Get the basic equipment to get your paddleboarding adventure on the go. The experts at StandUpPaddleBoardsReview.com recommend a kit that includes a stand-up paddle (SUP) board, the paddle, a life vest, weather-resistant clothing, and a light source. Also, carry a whistle or any sound-producing device for communicating with your team members or the water participants. Your clothes should be two-fold, for protecting you against cold weather and the hot sun.

If you can't find the right gear, your paddleboarding coach can help you find the right equipment. There are many types of paddleboards with different functionality and durability features. Before you buy the right one, ask around about the various kinds of paddleboards in the market, and choose your needs' best.

Understand the skills

Though a great sporting and leisure activity, paddle boarding is an easy activity to master. You should understand all skills that will enhance your comfort in the water. As a starter, you will certainly get off balance and fall several times before you get to paddleboarding skill depths. Get a swimming coach to sharpen your swimming skills. Learn how to use the safety gear effectively. The idea is to familiarize yourself with the skills you can use to save yourself if you go off balance.

The next step is to learn how to go onboard efficiently. Although your coach may cover most aspects in this section, here are guidance tips if you decide to do it yourself. Master how to launch offshore from calm waters. Experts advise starters to insert the fin first to establish whether the shore has sufficient depth to allow for a successful onboard launching and secure the fin box from damage. After on-boarding, take several strokes to gain momentum, then stand on your knees while concentrating your body weight at the center of the board.

Paddle for several meters while on squats and then stand with your legs evenly spread at either side of the board. Once you stand, paddle quickly to regain your balance and momentum. Keep your knees slightly bent and keep your back straight for a sturdy posture. After perfecting your balancing skills, practice for speed. Paddle at a faster pace using long paddling intervals to increase your speed. To move straight, paddle on both sides while holding the handle perpendicularly to ride straight, otherwise, you would turn the board. Bend or go on your knees for a sturdier stance when you encounter sea waves.

Work on your safety

You can make your trip more comfortable by working on various aspects to enhance your safety. Inspect your gear to repair any damages. Learn how to study and counter weather changes such as wind direction changes, temperature changes, ocean currents, and rip tides. Ensure that your paddling board has both the coiled and straight leashes.

The two leashes come in handy to keep the board within reach when you accidentally fall off. Only use the straight leash when riding along waves to prevent the paddle from hitting you. The coiled leash is ideal for avoiding drag and snag in calm waters. However, the leashes are not enough to help you when you fall off. Experts recommend people to ride in groups or pairs for immediate help when an emergency occurs. Also, understand the rules regulating water sports in your subject region to avoid conflicts with the charge's authority.

Participate in paddling competitions

Join paddling competitions will allow you to enrich your skills by copying from other participants. The competition itself may push you to paddle better. Besides learning the new skills, paddleboarding will work your body muscles and enhance your psychological health, cardio health, and body strength. It will also improve your physical performance through the development of muscle resistance.

You now have all you need to boost your paddling skills. Besides using the above tips, you can improve your strokes through regular practice and consulting experts. The exercises will help you strengthen your speeding, balancing, swimming, and weather forecasting skills. You will also develop muscle resistance to ride for longer distances. After gaining professional skills, you help people perfect their paddleboarding skills later in life and earn some money.

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Business

Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.