Top 5 Awesome Things People Do on Paddleboards

Paddleboarding is one of the most versatile and popular water activities on today’s shorelines, and you’ll find people performing a variety of different hobbies on rented or owned paddleboards. Paddleboarding is a fantastic workout, and it’s easy to learn for all age groups.

Once you learn the basics and get a solid feel for the sport, there are many directions one can take, and taking your paddleboarding experience to the next level, increases your workout and in some cases betters your health as well as fun on the water. Here are five awesome things people do on their paddle boards.

Yoga continues to grow as an everyday practice throughout the world and Yogis who love the water and outdoors have combined paddle boarding and yoga into one activity that benefits the mind, body, and soul. Depending on your size and agility, riders are capable of performing yoga poses on just about any shape and size paddleboard. Aquatic yoga classes on paddleboards are growing in popularity, and many provide the board and paddle for their students. Finding a paddle board yoga class is easy with the help of social media and your area’s local surf shops. If you wish to practice yoga on your paddle board, you want to find a stable paddle board with a wide-base. Fiberglass and inflatable stand up paddleboards that range 10 to 12-feet with a base width of at least 30-inches make for an ideal yoga platform. SUP Yoga is a solid refresher and what’s better than getting in a robust and warming stretch on the water onto of an excellent full core workout.

River rapid paddleboarding is growing everywhere there is a rushing river. Like white water kayaking or rafting, taking to the rapids on a paddleboard is an exhilarating rush, and truly puts your skill-level to the test. Some of the best paddleboards for riding river rapids are rigid inflatable paddle boards or iSup models. You want to use a carbon fiber or durable type paddle with a solid grip that fits your arm length and height, so you’re able to maintain a proper stability. In many areas that provide riders with river whitewash, plan for cold water temperatures. If you’re prepared before you head out, you could save a long walk and remain comfortable when shredding the river banks. Some handy gear to bring along with you would be a helmet, Type III floatation vest, a paddle board leash, repair kit, and most important of all, a wet suit. If you want a thrill on your paddle adventure as well as an exhilarating workout, consider an inflatable SUP board and the essential gear you will need for the rivers.

Touring paddleboards are a rising style of paddle boarding, and it is the ultimate test of long-distance stamina and physical endurance. If you like to set goals that test your speed and endurance, touring paddle boarding is the competitive side of paddleboarding. Touring paddle boarding attracts the serious athletes and those people who love a challenge and the feeling of accomplishment. Touring paddle boards are often long and narrow in shape and cuts through the water’s surface with a fluid ease that increases your pace with every dig or stroke into the water.

Paddleboard Surfing was big right from the get go of the paddle boarding craze, and it continues to pull more longboard surfers and even short-boarders to SUP. If you’ve always wanted to surf, take your paddle board to the beach when the surf’s up and give it a go. It is easy to learn, but it is best to learn on smaller to medium size waves. Surfing with a life jacket is an excellent idea if you are up against heavy surf, or you aren’t an avid swimmer. A wise piece of gear to add to your paddle board rig is a surfboard leash. Being tethered to your board prevents riders from having to swim after their board over time they fall off. Having a leash will reduce your fatigue so you can stay out longer, as well as save your life. A few tips for beginner paddleboard surfers are, be aware of your surroundings and other surfers or swimmers in front of you, and try to keep both hands on the paddle at all times.

Paddleboard Snorkeling is a great way to see the reefs or put your snorkel gear to use. All stand up paddle boarders need is a snorkel and mask, and flippers and in some cases a small anchor to keep the board from drifting away. This option leads to other activities for paddle boarders such as fishing or spear fishing. The paddle board could be any style you think would get you to your dive spot and hold the small anchor, fish bucket or cooler that you have with you. Having a life vest on board or a Co2 static controlled PFD on your person when you’re free diving is also a good practice so you can have quick access to the surface in case of an emergency. Free diving in itself is a full body workout plus holding your breath. Be sure to dive with a friend and be cautious with your fishing equipment in close quarters.

If you’re looking for new ways to use your paddle board or in search for new hobbies that you can get hooked on when paddle boarding, consider these five options for exploring new abilities. Most, if not all of these options are easy, affordable, and available at most SUP locations. Try it out and learn from other paddle boarders. These activities are enjoyed most when in groups or teams. Find a partner or go out as a family so everyone can enjoy the experience. Online forums and meets up are up and down every coast so stay posted!

Guest blog by laura@standuppaddleboardsreview.com