The Rules of Standup Paddleboarding

January 20, 2019

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Standup paddleboarding is a versatile sport which appeals to many people of almost all ages and skill levels. It can be a sport for the daredevils who’d love to ride through the breaking waves. Or it can also be a leisure activity for someone who just likes to paddle through the serene waters and get closer to nature.

Like all sports or other forms of recreation, standup paddleboarding has its own rules and regulations. Whether you’re a novice to this sport or already a pro, strictly sticking to the dos and don’ts of paddleboarding will ensure you top performance and, most important of all, safety.

1) Anyone may assume that standup paddleboarding is an easy sport to tackle. But like in all sports and other forms of recreation, paddleboarding involves some technique which enables you to perform better when you’re on the water. Before you proceed, first take lessons from an expert and professional instructor. It allows you to learn paddleboarding better, which makes for a safer and more enjoyable experience.

2) If you’re about to paddleboard in a new location, it is important to familiarize yourself with it. It’s best to inquire the locals about the possible risks involved such as the weather, rip currents, underwater hazards and extremely strong waves.

3) It is extremely important to keep your paddleboard always under control. Watch out for other surfers, swimmers (especially children) or other watercraft nearby.

4) Make sure you have a life jacket with you. It’s better if you wear it before hitting the waters. Besides, the U.S. Coast Guard considers paddleboarding as a vessel, so it requires paddleboarders to have a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.

5) Make sure you wear a helmet. It serves as a protection to your head against impact from powerful waves or from sharp and craggy rocks at and near the shore.

6) If you get tired, you may want to sit down. Standing on the paddleboard for too long can tire and weaken your legs. Give your legs a break by sitting down on the board while paddling.

7) One of the things that you should expect about standup paddleboarding is that it provides a total body workout. It can tone your upper arms, shoulders and abdominal muscles. It can also stabilize the muscles of your leg. Paddleboarding for leisure is sometimes derided as a “lazy” sport. However, the truth is that even just a “lazy” type of paddleboarding can already provide you complete exercise that you need.

8) Make sure you wear a leash when paddleboarding. Use a safety leash which is specifically made for this sport. If you are paddleboarding in rivers, do not use a leash on your ankles or knees. Rather, look out for safety straps that are especially made for river paddleboarding, preferably the ones with an easy and quick release within your reach.

9) Don’t paddle alone. This is one of the biggest mistakes that paddleboarders often make, especially among beginners. It’s always better to have someone paddling with you. But if you do decide to do it on your own, you should tell anyone where you will be paddling. Have a backup plan should emergency arise.

10) Invest on a good-quality paddleboard. Consider paddleboards as an investment. Always remember that a paddleboard is different from a surfboard in terms of weight and construction, so do not confuse the one to the other. It’s a good idea to rent a paddleboard and try it out first to see if it’s reliable, before purchasing one.

In addition to these dos and don’ts, it’s always better to use a sunscreen or any other protection when paddleboarding. Paddling under the sun for too long can have adverse health effects. It can cause prompt exhaustion or more serious conditions like heatstroke and skin cancer. Always wear a sunscreen and a lip balm before proceeding to paddle. If you’re into leisure paddleboarding, it’s better to wear a hat as well.


What are the Best Places to Do Standup Paddleboarding in the US?

January 20, 2019

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There’s no other feeling like cruising through the waters while standing on a paddleboard. Whether it’s on a river, a lake or an ocean, there are hundreds or even thousands of places for you to try out and enjoy standup paddleboarding (SUP).

But if you want to take your cherished sport to the next level, perhaps you should check out any of the suggested places in the US for your next standup paddleboarding adventure!

1) Mission Bay, San Diego (California)
Mission Bay, located in the city of San Diego, California, has been a popular venue for a variety of water sports. Mission Bay’s ocean front views are always stunning. Another plus is the excellent weather all year round. All these great attributes prove to be advantageous for paddleboarding enthusiasts. As Mission Bay has attained somewhat of a cult status as a paddleboarding attraction, it has become easy to find facilities there such as paddleboard rentals as well as expert lessons.

2) Kauai (Hawaii)
Faraway Hawaii is not just an exotic paradise to many, but also as a paradise for paddleboard surfers. While there are countless places to do the sport in the Aloha State, let’s focus on the island of Kauai just for now. Kauai itself boasts many beautiful spots for paddleboarding. But one of the well-known locations in Kauai is the Kailua River, where one can paddle while enjoying the scenic views of the Nonou Mountain – more popularly known as the “Sleeping Giant” – on the background. As Kauai has grown to be popular for paddleboarders, you can find several guided paddleboarding tours that will take you to best places in the area.

For the more experienced and daring paddleboarders, they can hit Kauai’s gorgeous white sand beaches and ride on the crest of the giant waves there. The beaches of Wailua and Kealia are the best to do big-wave paddleboarding.

3) Lake Tahoe (Califronia and Nevada)
Lake Tahoe is a well-known freshwater lake located around the border of the two states, California and Nevada. It is one of the biggest lakes in the country. As the lake is quite vast, you can do many activities there including paddleboarding. In fact, the sport is quite popular in Lake Tahoe that several competitions have been held there. The crystal-clear tranquil blue waters and gorgeous surrounding alpine scenery are other big reasons why you should take your next paddleboarding adventure to Lake Tahoe. Paddleboarding there is possible all year round, even during the cold winter months.

4) Florida Keys (Florida)
It is impossible to end this list without mentioning Florida. The southern state is surrounded by the water and is enjoying generally good climate all year round. These attributes help Florida to become a growing community of paddleboard enthusiasts. Needless to say, the Florida Keys is teeming with spots where you can do standup paddleboarding. Its crystal-clear azure waters allow you to explore abundant marine life, beautiful tropical surroundings and a diversified ecosystem.

5) Manhattan (New York)
Manhattan may be the last thing you can think of when it comes to paddleboarding. But you will be pleasantly surprised that this highly urbanized enclave in the Empire State actually enjoys a thriving and vibrant paddleboarding community. The Hudson River and the East River are some of the best places to go on a paddleboarding action. Jaded urbanites and high-rise office dwellers will definitely find paddleboarding a refreshing and exhilarating break from the usual city cares. They can combine paddleboarding with other activities such as yoga. While paddleboarding in Manhattan can be done anytime of the day, it is best experienced during the sunset where the iconic New York City skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge dramatically transform.


It’s Almost Christmas!

December 19, 2018

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Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?! Where does the time go! I can’t believe 2018 is almost over. It feels like just yesterday that we were beginning the year.

Anyway, this year I made myself a promise. At the end of the year, I would go over in a public forum (this blog) all the goals I made myself at the beginning of the year and see which ones I stuck to and which ones I failed at. I think this way I am accountable for all my failings and can (hopefully) do a better job next year. Here it goes!

1. Lose 20 pounds

I’ll say it right now. I failed at this one… because I actually lost 30 pounds!!! I started tracking my calories and joined a gym around the start of April. Once I do something like that, my mind is set and my focus is clear. You also find that once you start exercising, actually dieting and sticking to it becomes a whole lot easier. Apparently it’s due to the release of endorphins.

2. Start a second blog

I royally failed at this. I tried to dedicate my time to starting another blog about mid year but I got distracted with work and kids, as well as travel… or maybe I’m just making up excuses. Maybe I don’t even want to start a second blog. I can’t remember why I wanted to in the first place!

3. Quit gluten

Okay, so this one is a half win and half loss. I’ve quit gluten… for the last 2 months. I couldn’t cope the first few tries. There’s gluten in EVERYTHING and I kept thinking it was just too hard. Did you know soy sauce even has gluten!? Anyway, I do feel better thankfully and all the gastrointestinal symptoms I was having seemed to have calmed down.

4. Pay off all my debts

I’m proud to say… this is NEARLY done. I’m not there yet, but I did get awfully close in 2018. Plus, I didn’t accumulate anymore debt… surely that’s a bigger win?

All in all, 2018 was actually a year of successes for me. I’m not so sure about Pulley. He said he would write a post on here doing the same, but we all know that’s unlikely to happen.

Have a great Christmas everyone and an awesome New Years!

Essential Paddleboarding Gear

November 5, 2018

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So, you’ll be paddleboarding for the first time? It’s understandable that you’re excited about it, but don’t let your excitement get in the way of organized planning for your new outdoor adventure.

One of the things that you should do is to make a checklist of the essential items that you will bring to your paddleboarding adventure. That way, you won’t miss out on anything and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your days – out on the water, paddleboarding to your heart’s content – without any worries.

The basics:

1) Paddle board
Of course, you cannot do your paddleboarding without the the most essential item – the paddle board. It can be either a stand-up paddle board (SUP) or a surfboard, particularly if you’re going to do standup paddleboarding in particular. Paddle boards are either made of pure wood or carbon fiber. Check out this amazing suggestion of paddle boards that you would like to consider: “Top 7 Stand Up Paddleboards.”

2) Paddle
You cannot steer yourself on your paddle board without a good paddle. Aside from standard paddles, there are also adjustable paddles which are are incredibly easy to set up.

3) Personal flotation device (for paddleboarding)
A personal flotation device (PFD) is a wearable lifesaver. It usually comes in either a vest or belt form. PFD’s are not just a basic equipment; in fact, they are even required by law not only on paddle boards but on all other watercrafts. The reason is simple: PFD’s will save your life. If ever you flip over on your paddle board over or it gets carried away by the water, there’s the PFD, which is designed to make your body float until rescue arrives.

4) Leash or legrope
A legrope or a leash can be a small item, but it is a big thing that you should not definitely miss this. Because the leash could literally mean the difference between life and death, particularly if you’re paddling on an unexpected turbulent weather, feel tired or lost, or get accidentally flipped over. Usually, a leash should be longer than your paddleboard. There are two types of leashes: coiled (like the coil of the old telephone) or straight.

4) GoPro
To those who are avidly into vlogging about outdoor activities in particular, the GoPro is a must-have. From tranquil lakes to action-filled white water rafting that beg to photographed and recorded, GoPro is the perfect gear to include in your paddleboarding activity. It takes professional-caliber action photos and videos (with its 12-megapixel camera and 1080p video), can withtand impact and is also waterproof.

5) Clothing and footwear
Wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear for paddleboarding allows you to move more flexibly and keeps you protected.

If you are paddleboarding in a warmer climate or warm waters, you should choose the following set of apparel:

– Rashguard
– Swimsuit, swimming trunks or board shorts
– Sandals, neoprene booties or water shoes
– Headgear
– Sun-shielding hat

You should also bring sunscreen (water-resistant SPF 30+) and lip balm (water-resistant SPF 15+) to keep your skin and lips protected from the sun’s rays. It is also important to keep yourself hydrated so bring along a water bottle or a hydration reservoir. Also, don’t forget to bring some snacks.

If you are paddleboarding in a colder climate or cooler waters, you should wear any the following:

– Thermal top and bottoms
– Neoprene tops and bottoms
– Wetsuit
– Drysuit
– Booties
– Gloves


What Are the Benefits of Paddleboarding?

November 5, 2018

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Paddleboarding, especially standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun activity to do especially if you love the outdoors and the water. Most people, who have never taken up any water sport activity before, tend to choose paddleboarding. It’s not a big wonder to see why: it is relatively easy to do compared to other water sports. It’s also an ideal activity for the whole family and friends.

But do you know that paddleboarding brings significant benefits to your health and well-being? If you’re a health freak in particular – or even if you’re not – you may want to take up paddleboarding. Besides, it is a fun and rather adventurous way to keep yourself in shape.

1) It helps promote good balance
The more frequently you do paddleboarding, the better your balance will become, whether you’re on or off the water. Standup paddleboarding in particular is all about balance, and when you’re on the paddleboard you’ll be thrown off into a challenge which requires a lot of core stability. Other than surfing or yoga, no other sport will help you to develop your sense of balance than paddleboarding. Improvements on focus and balance as a result from paddleboarding are certainly beneficial to you in a big way as they help you in handling life’s day-to-day activities and challenges.

2) It provides a good full body workout
Standup paddleboarding allows you to use all of your limbs, as well as your every muscle. Because this sport requires you to keep your balance while standing on the board, you get to use your leg muscles working. Your arms, back and shoulders are used to steer and propel your paddleboard on the water. Standup paddleboarding will also act as a mini-crunch to your abdominal muscles, making and keeping them toned.

3) It helps in reducing stress
Any form of fun physical activity does wonders to reduce stress. And stress, as we all know, causes a lot of health problems including chronic and life-threatening ones such as obesity and heart diseases. And standup paddleboarding on the calm waters (while getting close to nature) does give a healing and therapeutic effect not only to your body, but also to your mind.

4) It gives you plenty of Vitamin D
If you haven’t been out on the sun for a while, you might be lacking in vitamin D. Deficiency in vitamin D can cause several negative health effects including bone and muscle pain, hair loss, fatigue and tiredness, and depression. Standup paddleboarding under the sun (best done during the morning, though) will give you a daily dose of vitamin D, something which you cannot get from eating foods alone.

5) It improves your heart health
Standup paddleboarding can help reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. It is a low-impact exercise which does wonders to your heart. Paddleboarding for at least 15 minutes per day will help in improving your cardiovascular system.

6) It increases your overall strength
Any physical activity makes you stronger, right? While you will feel soreness in your body after paddleboarding – which is but natural – soreness is actually a good indication. Standup paddleboarding allows you to use every part of your body – not just the arms and the legs – providing them strength.

If you are looking for new things, why not try paddleboarding? It is not only fun, but it also boosts your health and improves your well-being.

You may also try bodyboarding, which is similar to standup paddleboarding ina way. When you’re ready to do bodyboarding, look for “Tips for Bodyboarding at the Beach.”


Paddleboarding Facts That You’d Like to Know

November 5, 2018

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Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun sport which provides you lots of health benefits at the same time. Despite its ancient roots, standup paddleboarding has exploded in popularity just recently. If you are a fan of paddleboarding or are just beginning to learn the sport, check out the fun facts about it that you may not have probably known (but you’d like to):

1) Standup paddleboarding may be called “surfing for the lazy” but that remark doesn’t stop the sport from becoming increasingly popular. As a matter of fact, it became the fastest-growing paddle sport in the US in 2009. In addition, there are about 150,000 Americans who take up the sport. It seems there’s no stopping paddleboarding’s rise in popularity.

2) If you think that paddleboarding reminds you of some other sport, you are not alone. Paddleboarding is a cross between surfing and canoeing, only using a paddleboard or a surfboard instead of canoe or kayak.

3) Paddleboarding is not a recent sport as you think; in fact, paddleboarding traces its origins from the practices of ancient Peruvian fishermen. During the 1500s, Hawaiian surfers would mount on boards that measured as long as five meters, and they required oars or paddles to propel.

4) However, the modern version of paddleboarding that we know today began in Hawaii during the 1940s, when instructors such as Duke Kanahamoku would mount on boards to get better views of the approaching waves as well as other surfers.

The sport was only exclusive to Hawaii for many decades until a man named Rick Thomas brought the paddleboard to California in 2004… and the rest is history.

5) Is there a difference between a paddleboard and a surfboard? At first glance, they may look the same. But if you get to investigate further on the properties of the two boards, you may notice that the stand-up paddleboard has more volume than a surfboard, making the former more buoyant.

6) In 2008, the US Coast Guard classified the paddleboard as a “vessel,” similar to canoes and kayaks. This may probably have been one of the reasons of standup paddleboarding’s surging popularity.

7) Standup paddleboarders under 12 years of age are required to wear a life vest or a life jacket.

8) It’s possible to do standup paddleboarding on a hurricane. Popular dare-devil surfer Laird Hamilton rode the huge, treacherous swells off the Southern California coast during Hurricane Marie in 2014, which a few would dare to do. Despite his “heroics,” this is not something that we would advise you to do!

9) The late stand-up paddleboarding pioneer John Zapotocky is considered the father of modern-day standup paddleboarding. He pursued surfing and paddleboarding for more than 55 years. Even though he was well into his 90s, he was still actively surfing and paddling, becoming the oldest standup paddle surfer ever.

10) Flat-water standup paddleboarding was only recent, being introduced in 2007. There are paddleboards specifically designed for flat-water SUP and touring, and their shape and material are designed to carry additional gear. If you want to paddleboard in a more leisurely way while connecting yourself to nature, this type of SUP is an ideal option.

If you want to know the best places in the US to do standup paddleboarding, check out the suggestions here on this link: Best Places to Standup Paddleboard in the United States


Our favorite extreme sports

August 18, 2018

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Ever since our college days we have loved extreme sport, and we found the best place to do then was in Thailand! We had spent enough time on the beaches of Thailand and island hopping.

Perhaps you know the feeling of being bored on vacation, sitting around all day and thinking about the freedom your vacation should be offering you. Well stop!

These are mine and Pulley’s favorite extreme sports! Hopefully you’ll find something that interests you!

You can try out different extreme sports when you which have all different degrees of risk. May it be an activity to test your speed, strength, flexibility, courage and other aspects, you are sure in for a treat to test your limits and have fun at the same time.

Here are 3 extreme sports you can give a go.

Wakeboarding

First on our list of thrilling sports to try is wakeboarding. Wakeboarding is a surface water sport and is now gaining much popularity in coastal regions. This sport involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The wakeboard is a small, mostly rectangular, thin board with very little displacement and shoe-like bindings mounted to it. It was said to have developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques.

This sport might be fun but you still need to be safe at all times. Listen very carefully to your instructors as all information is important for your safety. Choose your board size accordingly. Learn to ask questions if needed.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is one of the most fun and challenging sports there is. An extreme sport where you need to climb up, down or across natural rock formations or just artificial ones.

Height is one of the biggest factors to consider in this one of a kind climbing activity. Challenge yourself to reach the top and get the flag or step on the top edges/summit of these rock formations without ever falling.

Your endurance also plays a big role in this sport. That is why it is equally important to prepare your body to the extremities of this activity to fully enjoy it. Make sure to wear your harness too just in case you have some slips on the way to the top.

Go Karting

Last but definitely not the least is Go Karting. It is one of my personal favorite types of open-wheel sports.

Speed & accuracy is tested to the extreme here. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Wearing the proper gears and helmets and being aware of your speed will keep you safe while playing this exciting and extreme sport.

What some of your favorite extreme sports? Let us know below.


Ping Pong In Rhode Island

April 6, 2018

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It’s true (and you can stop judging us) – Pulley and I love playing pong. And we make no apologies. Pulley is a particularly good player. He seems to have a great eye, even at great speeds and in difficult conditions. I suppose that’s why he found me as a friend.

It started when we purchased a top rated ping pong table from this guide at Gameroommania.

I, however, can confess that I’m not a ping pong player. This is also why I ended up with Pulley as my bestie (joking of course)! This is why when we play ping pong, I need a few accessories to help me play just a bit better – some sunglasses, a pair of gloves and a lot of water.

I always enjoy our ping pong adventures. We had a particularly great time playing ping pong in Rhode Island last summer. They hold a contest every year where members of the public can compete with top ping pong players just for the fun of getting their butts kicked! I was so desperate to finally see Pulley lose, and he was just as eager to show that he could win.

What happened surprised us and and everyone else around us.

Pulley played 3 top players in a row and beat each and every one of them. The players actually started getting angry and became very competitive, whereas before they were hardly even trying and were still winning.

When they actually started trying however they quickly kicked Pulley’s butt. Success! For me anyway.

Everyone congratulated Pulley on his ability and informed him that had he started when he was young he could have been a top player. Unfortunately, his time has passed and it’s no longer on the cards for him, but I do remember him being very good at ping pong in college.

Perhaps you’ll all hear about Pulley the marvellous ping pong player in the future!


Taste Aversions: Do you have one?

March 8, 2018

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The other day I was reading about something, I think it was hunting binoculars at www.bestgunsafeinfo.com when an ad popped up (it’s creepy how we are targeted these days!) about taste aversions. Funny, I thought, because I was just researching them the other day. And now an ad pops up promising the answer all my unanswered questions. How convenient, I thought. So naturally I clicked straight through.

What I learned was that a taste aversion occurs when we eat something and have a negative response to it. Basically, when you eat something, it makes you feel sick. Why was I researching this you may ask? Well, here goes my attempt at explaining it.

Back when I was about 5 years old, I went for a walk to the shop with my cousin. We weren’t suppose to go – my parents had a fear that something terrible would happen to me the moment I stepped outside of the house, but we were young and wild, so off we went.

When we finally arrived at the golden arches, all I could think about was one thing – a McFlurry. Oh how beautiful they looked on the commercials, I thought.

This is something I would later regret.

About an hour later, when we were walking home, I vomited. It wasn’t a normal amount of vomit either. It was like my whole body was rejecting the liquid gold that had just been ingested.

When we arrived home, my parents were frantic. I forgot to add, but perhaps you could of gathered, this was before the age of cell phones so there was no way of contacting anyone. Oh what a time to be alive!

Anyway, until this day I can no longe eat McFlurrys. I can’t even look at them.

This happened with beer too but it seemed to go away by itself after a while, or maybe i just pretend it’s gone away.

Want another story? Read about Pulley’s first flight here.

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Time for Pulley’s first flight! Very funny.

December 27, 2017

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We are back! We had a wonderful time and want to thank all of you for your suggestions. We actually ended up going to all the places we asked advice for! We managed them all in to 4 weeks by choosing the places that interested us most and sticking to them.

I always had this idea that to see a country you need to see the entire country, and that just is not the case. When you arrive somewhere new, there seems to be an overall feeling in that country that makes them individual to the rest. Once you experience this feeling, you will know what I mean.

Something I did not know until we were already on our flight is that this was to be Pulley’s first time flying! I had already traveled several times for work so I was well adjusted to flying, but Pulley had not experienced this.

The bad thing is that he did not alert me to the fact that this was to be his first time flying until we were already in the air! If I had of known, I would have started making jokes months ago. Luckily he was not nervous but incredibly excited. It was like a kid in a candy store. Every noise made him turn his head and he was intrigued by the feeling of gravity.

Pulley actually wanted to be a airline pilot when he was younger so it was a shock for me to learn that he had not flown before. I guess this is why I did not give much thought to it before we left.

So what was our favorite place? We loved Italy, especially Cinque Terre. We had never seen anywhere like that before, and found the people to be so inviting. It also helped that I knew how to speak basic Italian. I had learned Italian at high school and it surprised me how much I remember. It also renewed my interest. I think I will go back and learn Italian again!

We had a great time and can’t wait to plan the next trip. If you have any suggestions where we should go next please let us know!


Winch and Pulley

Believe it or not we are both men of few words! So this blog will be a challenge.