Can Two People Ride a Stand-Up Paddleboard?

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Can Two People Ride a Stand-Up Paddleboard?

Even if you have a perfect day of paddle boarding alone with sublime conditions, it won’t beat a rough day of paddle boarding with someone you love.

The Beach Bound team is here to help you love every second you spend in Hermosa Beach just as much as we do, which is why we love stand-up paddle boarding (SUP’ing)! Still, we know that SUP is always better with a friend or family member, even if they have four legs. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to answer the question of if two people can share one stand-up paddleboard below.

Check it out, then stop by the Beach Bound shop for the fastest and friendliest paddleboard and beach rentals in South Bay Los Angeles!

Check the Weight Limit of the Board First

If you’ve paddle boarded before, then you know that it can be tricky to find your balance on a SUP. Until you do, it may feel as if the board could tip you over and into the water at any second. If you overload the weight limit for the SUP by adding two people to it then it will feel unstable no matter how good your balance is.

That’s why two adults who want to share a SUP will either need to find a two-person board with the appropriate weight limit or be extremely patient and skilled as they find their balance on a board.

If you’re sharing a board with a small child or a pet, then you’ll have a much better chance at finding your balance since the extra weight is unlikely to overload the board. Still, be patient if you’re sharing a board no matter what weight it’s designed to hold. It takes time, patience, and trust to paddle together efficiently! 

Look For Calm Conditions

No matter how well your SUP is at handling the weight of two people, if the conditions are windy or choppy then you’re going to have a harder time paddling than you would with one person.

Whether it’s because you’re top-heavy with a second person or one of you is having a tough time balancing in the choppy water, two people on a paddleboard in rough conditions often means you’ll have a harder time balancing. Plus, it can be more difficult to sync up your paddling when the waves are throwing you off balance.

For that reason, we recommend staying out of choppy water if you plan on paddling with an extra person on your board or a pet. 

Don’t Forget to Have Fun While Trying to Paddle Board

No matter how comfortable you are on a paddleboard, if your partner isn’t then it’s going to take time and patience to get it right if you do at all.

That’s why it’s important to remember that you’re paddle boarding together to have fun. That may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget when you’re struggling to balance or get the board past the waves if you’re not used to it.

Even if you don’t paddle as far or comfortably as you expected to when you set out, remember that a bad day on the water is better than a good day away from it!

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