If someone were to describe what Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is, they would most likely ask you to imagine a hybrid between kayaking and surfing. With its history having roots in Hawaii, SUP is a water sport with universal appeal, as you can enjoy it in almost any body of water. From the ocean to lakes and rivers, people from all over the globe can just hop on a board and paddle to their heart’s content.
There are many reasons paddleboarding has become increasingly popular in the last few years. We’ll list some of those reasons and if you haven't been paddleboarding before reading this, we are sure that you’ll at least daydream about standing on a board with a paddle in hand soon.
Easy to Learn
Stand up paddleboarding is easier than you think. Surfing can take you days or even weeks of practice to get any good but, stand up paddling can be learned in under an hour. Kids and adults of all ages can try it and have a good time on the water quickly. If you’re someone who finds it hard to balance, you can take your time getting used to the position of standing on the board and steering, until you see the signs of improvement. If you want to up your game, you can also get the latest SUP Fins for your board to improve your performance.
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Far from being a water sport that is only accessible to those with means, stand up paddleboarding is an affordable activity that anyone can enjoy. SUP doesn’t require expensive lift tickets, high-priced travel arrangements, or costly gear to take part. Stand up paddleboards with quality single fins are affordable, and inflatable ones are a great way to go, as they’re cost-effective, light weight, easy transport and super convenient.
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Ideal for All Athletic Types and Ages
You do not have to have a surfer’s body to be good at stand-up paddling as people of all shapes and sizes can do this water sport. SUP can be tailored to suit your needs and your fitness level. You can also get specialized SUP fins that can make it easier for kids to use the board. Thanks to its low intensity, paddleboarding is also suitable for all ages and experiences, making this perfect for everyone in the family to have a go, when you’re at the beach or lake.
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Relaxing and Enjoy Nature
Outdoor exercises are always good for the body, mind and soul. SUP is a great activity that allows you to explore the outdoors as you row towards stunning areas that are otherwise inaccessible by land. While you are on your single fin paddle board, you’ll be able to take in all the beautiful sights and sounds of nature around you. People even practice yoga, using a paddleboard as their floating yoga mat.
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