One of the hardest things is probably not starting at all. Like any sport or activity, the more you do it and practice the better you tend to get at it. With stand up paddling or SUP, a good way to start is to figure out what you enjoy doing on the water. Do you want to surf on your SUP? Are you more comfortable on flat water like a lake, river or inlet? Do you want to do it for exercise and relaxation? Do you have ambitions to race? Each of your answers will drive the experience of where you paddle and what kind of board you pick. Probably the hardest aspect is learning to balance and control your board in the water and the most efficient way to paddle. This can take a lifetime to do well. The first suggestion would be to take a lesson and rent a variety of boards to see what you enjoy. You can always reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org with any paddle related question you may have! We're here to help.