Keep your knees slightly bent to stay as relaxed as possible. This will also help you get a strong paddle stroke going.
9. Make sure the paddle is the right height for you
If the paddle is too short you won’t be able to get the blade in the water properly and if it’s too long it will be harder to get the blade out and ready for the next stroke. So, your T Grip (the top of the paddle shaft that you hold) should be 6” above your head.
10. Make sure the paddle is the right way round
The paddle is designed to be as efficient as possible. The angle of the blade allows more of the paddle stroke to pull water past you as opposed to lifting it to the surface (see point 4), so it’s important the paddle is the right way round. The blade should ‘kick’ or angle forwards towards the front of the board.