Paddle boarding is a water sport activity that has you, the rider, standing or kneeling on a board and using a paddle to propel yourself through the water. It is also known as stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding, as you will usually do most of the paddling while standing up.
However, you can do a lot more on the board than just ride it. Paddle boards have specialized models for various interests. There are specific boards for all-around activity, touring, racing, fishing, yoga, whitewater riding, adventuring, surfing, etc. There are even boards with specific accessories if your dog enjoys paddle boarding with you. Of course, he’ll let you do the paddling while he’s up there looking like a boss!
Unlike other water sport with boards, you can ride your paddle board on almost any type of water, oceans, lakes, rivers, and more. All these different activities have boards explicitly constructed for them. The hard boards are for racing and other high-performance activities. Inflatable paddle boards are exactly what they sound like. It would be best if you inflated them before you used them. The inflatable paddle board is the most versatile and suited for most activities. Foam boards are great for beginners and kids. Plastic boards are the cheapest but definitely not the best choice if you’re in this for the long term as they have the worst performance.
It has an enthusiastic following because paddle boarding is easy to learn, has accessibility to almost all types of waterways, is an outdoor water sport, and is a great workout. Even kids can learn paddle boarding in a day’s lesson and improve rapidly as they practice. You get an excellent workout from paddle boarding for your legs, arms, core, and muscles you didn’t even know you had.
Most importantly, you get to leave your cares behind for at least a few hours as you focus your attention only on the current activity. Having the right paddle boarding gear, like a wetsuit in cold-weather regions, and the obligatory safety precautions will go a long way in keeping you safe and enjoying this popular sport.