Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a new and exciting water sport. It’s a great whole body and core strengthening work out. You can paddle board just about anywhere, as long as there is a body of water. The great part is you don’t need to know how to surf.
The benefits are outstanding not only from a fitness standpoint but you’ll be burning calories and improving your balance. To further increase your balance you may want to take some yoga classes. Practicing yoga will improve your balance and stamina making it easier to stand up and paddle.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is becoming very popular, so we thought we’d give you some pointers on what you’ll need and how to get started.
First you’ll need the right gear. Minimal equipment is needed for this sport. All you need is a paddle and a board. Because boards can be costly we suggest renting a board or buying a used board.
Here are some tips to look out for when shopping for a used board:
Check for Dings: the most obvious are cracks or open holes in the board, but be aware of yellow or otherwise discolored areas that may be absorbing water.
De-lamination: this occurs when the fiberglass separates from the foam core underneath. Once a board is Inflatable paddle board delaminated, its basically one step away from being surf-god sacrifice material (in other words, its toast!). Run your fingers over the surface of the surfboard taking notice of any bubbles or areas that feel ‘soft’.
Just make sure the surfboard is water tight and will float you well. Its kind of like learning to drive… start with the station wagon, the Ferrari will come later.
You can purchase your own board once you know if it’s the right sport for you.
• Keep your feet about shoulder length apart, facing forward on the board.
• The paddle is held with one hand lower than the other; with the top hand all the way at the top of the paddle. (If paddling on the right side of the board, keep your right hand lower on the paddle than the left. )
• Alternate strokes on each side to keep the board going straight.
• To turn the board, drag the paddle on the side you want to turn. Stepping back on the board and dragging the paddle on the side you want to turn makes turning easier.
The added benefit is you’re outdoors having fun!