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.
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.
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.
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:
– Swimsuit, swimming trunks or board shorts
– Sandals, neoprene booties or water shoes
– 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
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.
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 that 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.
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