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No matter what body of water you’re near— fresh or salty— grab your SUP board, get outside, and practice your pivot turns on a sunny day! Make sure to wear comfortable, sun-protected clothes like the Roxy Outdoor Fitness Dawn Running Tee and the Enhance Capris. Plus, they’re super flexible for the wide stance maneuvers!
Roxy Outdoor Fitness Stand Up Paddler Gillian Gibree demonstrates how to get down a pivot turn (for a regular footed paddler, but of course if you’re goofy-foot, just practice on the opposite side!).
1. Step your right foot back towards the tail of the board so that the nose rises out of the water. You can stagger your feet on opposite sides of the center line to keep the board more stable. Engage your core for balance and a nice ab workout!
2. Use a sweeping stroke starting at the center of the right rail towards the tail, which will turn you board counter clockwise. You should start turning 360 degrees! As you progress, you can bring your back foot closer to the tail for a faster pivot turn.
3. Use your paddle to ‘slap’ the water (called bracing) for added support if you find yourself off balance. Try and wait for a warm day to practice this in case you fall in!