If you’re near the water this summer, whether it’s the sea, a lake, or a river, you’re bound to see a couple of paddle boarders out there enjoying the sun. The sport has exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good cause! Continue reading to learn why paddle boarding is the perfect sport for everyone this year…
SUP is a relatively inexpensive watersport when compared to other watersports because all you really need is a board and a paddle. Brand new inflatable SUP boards are available for as little as £400, which includes the paddle, pump, and bag, so you’ll have everything you need to get on the water with just one payment. It’s up to you how much you want to accessorise from there, but feel free to consult our SUP summer outfit checklist for ideas.
It is simple to get started.
The principles of the sport are relatively simple once you have your board and paddle, so you’ll be on the water in no time. If you’re having trouble balancing while standing and paddling, consider sitting down and paddling first, then kneeling and then standing as you gain confidence. (Just because it’s called stand-up paddle boarding doesn’t mean you have to stand – don’t worry, we won’t tell if you don’t.) If you want to improve your SUP skills, here’s a great guide.
Kit that is simple to travel
Inflatable SUPs eliminate the need for roof racks or a surf truck to transport your board to the beach. Your (deflated) board, paddle, and pump will all fit into a little bag that you can throw in the trunk of your car or carry down to the beach. All you have to do now is pump it up and you’re ready to go!
Are you concerned that paddling in a straight line may become monotonous quickly? One of the many benefits of SUP is that there are so many different ways to do it! Are you feeling competitive? Get a skateboard and see how fast you can go. Do you live near the sea? Get to the beach with a wave SUP and put your surfing talents to the test. Still not enough of a challenge for you? SUP yoga will put your water balance to the ultimate test. Not afraid of spending the night in the big outdoors? Strap a tent to your touring board and go on an adventure – some sites are inaccessible by automobile, or are simply more interesting to explore by water. Do you have children? There will be place for a little child at the front of your board, or you can put them on their own if they are old enough. Take a look at our selection of family favourites here.
whichever body of water
Unlike surfing, you may enjoy paddle boarding without the presence of waves, so if you don’t live near the ocean, there’s probably a lake or reservoir nearby where you might take your board instead. SUP is also ideal for days when there is no wind, making sailing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding impossible. If the breeze picks up, investing in a wind SUP will let you to effortlessly attach a sail to your board and go windsurfing if you so desire.
Anyone… well, basically, anyone.
Paddle boarding can give you a wonderful workout, especially for your core, but if you don’t believe yourself to be very fit, SUP is a great place to start. On a calm day, you can paddle at your own pace, sitting or standing, and tailor the activity to your skill level.