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No. Unlike surfing, standup paddle boarding can be done without waves. In fact, beginners of paddle boarding find flatwater the best water area to start with.

The water is calm, and you can focus more on your body, especially your core as you paddle through. Flatwater is great if you're still trying to find your balance, and stabilize your paddling. It's great for practice, whether you're alone or in a group. Most SUP learners practice in groups in flatwater where they learn how to paddle from point A to point B.

Calm flatwater environments are also perfect if you're touring a place, because you can keep your steady pace and enjoy the scenery around you. In the U.K., locations such as the Paddington Basin, Brentford Lock, and Kew Bridge are perfect locations for standup paddle boarding. These are actually locations of paddle boarding sessions and lessons offered by Active 360 Paddle Boarding, whose aim is to have more people enjoy paddle boarding and to make them more aware of their environment. You can also find paddleboards, safety gear, accessories, paddles, and more from their store at www.supshop360.co.uk.

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No actually it is better to paddle board on less choppy water and flat water is preferred when beginning to practice your skills.

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