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Surfing With a SUP – The Latest Trend in Surfing

The hottest and latest trend in water sports is to use an SUP, or a stand up paddleboard.  Essentially, you stand on a very large surfboard and paddle through the water with a long paddle.  While this is a very ancient form of surfing – early surfing was done on a stand up paddleboard or on a finless surfboard that required you to drag your foot in the water for a fin – it has become extremely popular because it has become so easy to learn in addition to being a fun leisure activity.

A Moment to Learn, a Lifetime to Master

When you are on calm, flat water, a stand up paddleboard can be very easy to get the hang of.  If you aren’t near a coast with waves, but still want to simulate the feeling of surfing, you can use a stand up paddleboard on any body of water, such as a lake or river.  It also provides a lot of great exercise, which combined with its easy learning curve has made it popular with children and pensioners alike as a way to stay active.

For people who want a good workout, taking an inflatable SUP onto a river and paddling into a standing wave can provide a great amount of exercise.  This is because the standing wave in a river’s rapids is caused by rocks, meaning once you paddle into it, you will have a wave to ride until you either fall or simply exhaust yourself.  An inflatable SUP is recommended for this, since they are softer and provide higher durability when it comes to rocks.  A regular stand up paddle board could become seriously damaged.  Another benefit of an inflatable SUP is the option to deflate it when you are done for the day and heading home, making it a lot more portable.

The Ultimate In Cross Training

When you use a stand up paddleboard as a way to get a great workout, you will not be disappointed.  It is the best way to achieve a complete workout that targets your core muscles.  It will also help you build up your endurance, teach you balance, and with all the paddling involved can also provide you with a good cardio workout all at the same time.

It isn’t uncommon to hear a stand up paddleboard be referred to as an oversized surfboard.  They are larger, but mostly thicker in order to provide better floatation.  The size of a stand up paddleboard – be it a normal board or an inflatable SUP – will range typically anywhere between 9 and a half feet to 12 and a half feet long.  They will also have three fins to help assist with turning and to provide greater stability.

Because you can use an SUP anywhere, they are starting to completely reinvent the idea of surfing, especially since it is much easier for people to get started using a stand up paddleboard than it is a traditional surfboard.  You can be on your and feet surfing in no time with an SUP, enjoying all the fun and adventure the water has to offer you.

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SUPs the Whole Family Can Enjoy

The hottest trend in surfing today is to use a SUP, or stand up paddleboard.  A stand up paddleboard is larger than your average surfboard, this is because a SUP is made to be thicker to provide better floatation since you will be standing on it and paddling.  One of the reasons they have become so popular is because they can be used in almost any body of water, from oceans to lakes and rivers, even pools.  They are great for having fun surfing the waves or simply as a leisure activity on calmer waters.  Another reason they have become so popular is because they are suitable for almost any age group, and they have a much more forgiving learning curve than traditional surfboards, so using a SUP can be a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Fun for the Whole Family

A stand up paddleboard is great for the entire family to use when cruising the local harbors and other nearby flatwater excursions.  Of course, you may be torn between the old adage “the family that surfs together stays together” and trying to manage how to transport all those stand up paddleboards to and from your chosen locations.  Thankfully, it is possible to purchase an inflatable SUP, which is much more portable than a traditional rigid board.  Since inflatable SUPs are travel ready, you will have no problem taking the entire family out onto the water for a fun stand up paddleboard excursion.

Stand up paddleboarding is a great way for you to have a great workout with your entire family.  Your children will especially benefit from the exercise.  When you are on an SUP, you will be giving your body a total core workout.  It will also help you and your children develop their sense of balance, since staying on the SUP will require strength that comes from legs, feet, arms and abs.  You will also experience a great cardio workout as you paddle your stand up paddleboard through the water.  Stand up paddleboard surfing has started to become a very popular option for cross training, since you are able to get such a complete workout while also going at your own pace.

Explore Your World

Once you and your family get the hang of using a stand up paddleboard, you can engage in longer excursions and adventures where you can go and explore remote locations that would otherwise be completely inaccessible to you by boat or car.  It isn’t unheard of for families to strap a picnic basket to the back of a stand up paddleboard, then paddle out to some secret grotto to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch before heading home.  The fun and adventure you will have with your family on a stand up paddleboard is nearly endless.

With all the possibilities of what you can do, as well as learning how to paddlesurf being much easier than on a traditional surfboard, an SUP is a great way to introduce your family to the joy and fun of surfing.

 

 

 

Take Your SUP with You Wherever there is Water

A new water sport has captured the attention of everyone that enjoys surfing and other extreme water sports across the world – this sport is known as stand up paddle surfing.  When you are paddle surfing, you stand on an SUP, or stand up paddleboard, and you paddle out into the water.  This form of surfing has gained a lot of popularity not only because it is a fun way to get a complete workout, but also because you can participate in this fun leisure activity anywhere there is water – even on flatwater since you don’t need waves to enjoy the art of using a stand up paddleboard.

A Unique Water-Sport

Stand up paddle surfing is very unique in the world of water sports as it combines kayaking with surfing to create something completely new.  From an exercise perspective, you can’t do much better than paddle surfing.  When you are on your stand up paddleboard, you will work out your entire core muscles, as well as help develop balance and endurance, and even have a full cardio workout as you paddle.  This has grown into a popular workout since it can be done anywhere there is water.

People have been using their stand up paddleboards for fun and exercise anywhere there is water.  People will use them not only in the ocean, but also on lakes, in the bayou, and swimming pools.  It is also becoming increasingly common to see people using their stand up paddleboards on rivers – both calm rivers as well as on rapids for brave souls seeking an intense adventure.

What Type of SUP is Right for Me?

There are different types of SUPs you can choose from depending on where you think you may primarily use it.  One of the more popular options for people – especially ones who like to use their stand up paddleboard on river rapids – is to use an inflatable SUP.  An inflatable SUP offers you a few advantages over a traditional stand up paddleboard.  The first advantage is obvious – portability.  It is much easier to have an Travel SUP that is ready so you can take it with you without it taking up too much room.  Of course, a stand up paddleboard that you can inflate and deflate is going to be much more portable than a rigid board.

Another advantage is that an inflatable SUP can be more durable than a traditional stand up paddleboard.  Especially if you are using your inflatable SUP on a river, where there are a lot of rocks around, your inflatable SUP is far more resistant to damage on the rocks than a traditional board would be.  With the additional benefit of it being the perfect size to enable you to take it with you on any excursion you choose, the inflatable SUP is a great choice for those new to the sport.

No matter what you may choose for your first stand up paddleboard, you will be able to use it anywhere there is a body of water for a fun workout.

How to Stay Dry While Enjoying Your Stand Up Paddleboard

The latest big thing when it comes to water-sports is the incredibly fun activity of stand up paddleboarding.  Stand up paddleboarding is a great leisure activity that provides a great workout for its participants.  It entails that you stand upright on an oversized surfboard and use a long paddle to move through the water.  While technically a form of surfing, it has become incredibly popular on all bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers and even harbors – anywhere there is calm flatwater.  This allows people to get a great workout using their stand up paddleboard while staying dry.

Thanks to stand up paddleboards, and especially the travel ready inflatable SUPs, this form of surfing has become incredibly popular around the world, since you now no longer have to be on a coast in order to enjoy surfing.  Stand up paddleboards have been great for extending the popularity of water-sports since they also eliminate a lot of concerns people who live near colder waters have.  With a stand up paddleboard, it is possible to enjoy surfing and have an active lifestyle on the water without the need to wear a wetsuit or a dry suit, since it is possible to not only stay warm on a SUP, but dry as well.

Dress Properly For Your Climate

It is still recommended that if you are going to be active in colder waters that you wear a wetsuit or a dry suit to help defend against hypothermia, but it is very possible with the proper training, and if you are on calmer waters, to surf on your stand up paddleboard or inflatable SUP while staying dry from your knees up.  This is because a stand up paddleboard is wider and more stable than a traditional surfboard, they also are thicker which gives them much better buoyancy than a surfboard, so you will stay above the water.  It isn’t uncommon to see people out on the water while wearing a sweatshirt and shorts and emerging from the water completely dry except for their feet.

Dress for Your Planned Activity

If you are planning on using your Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board to go surfing on the waves, you will have a much harder time staying dry.  This is because you will be out in the waves, and you will also have to paddle through the whitewater in order to get out to the flat water where you can catch a wave.  If you are doing this in cold water, you will certainly need to wear a wetsuit or a dry suit in order to prevent hypothermia from setting in, but in a warmer climate that is ideal for surfing, then shorts and sunscreen will be all the protection you will need.

While determining where you will be using your hardshell or inflatable SUP will determine what clothing is suitable for you, it will also effect what style of paddleboard you have.  If you are planning on calmer waters, such as still rivers, lakes or other such waters, then a smaller stand up paddleboard that provides you with higher maneuverability is a better option than a hardshell.

Is A Travel Ready Inflatable SUP Right For You?

Quite possibly the hottest trend not only in surfing, but in all water-sports right now is to take to the water on a stand up paddleboard, or SUP.  Essentially, you are standing on an oversized surfboard with a long paddle and using that to navigate you through the water.  There are many reasons why this fun new leisure activity has taken the world by storm.  Not only does paddleboarding have a much more forgiving learning curve than traditional surfing, but it is also a great way to get an intense workout while having fun.  Since you can use a stand up paddleboard on any body of water – anything from the ocean to lakes, rivers and pools – it is also much more accessible to more people than surfing is.  It is also more portable than traditional surfboards thanks to the fact that you are able to choose from purchasing either a traditional rigid stand up paddleboard, or a travel ready inflatable SUP.

How can you tell if a travel ready inflatable SUP or a standard rigid stand up paddleboard is right for you?  It is important to determine where you will primarily be using your stand up paddleboard in order to tell which the right one for you is.

Where Will You Be Paddleboarding?

If you are planning on doing more wave riding with your stand up paddleboard, you may want to consider a hardshell SUP over an inflatable SUP.  This is because you will have more options for performance and stability.  It’s recommended that you have a high performance board that would be 10 feet long or under.

If you are planning on doing more flatwater paddling, on a lake or in rivers, or just a harbor, then you may want to consider a travel ready inflatable SUP.  This is because they are much more portable than a hardshell SUP, so it is much easier to pack up and go wherever your adventures may take you.  Especially if you are considering paddling on rivers, an inflatable SUP will be much more resistant to any rocks you may encounter that could cause a great deal of damage to a hardshell SUP.

Portability Leads To Adventure

A travel ready inflatable SUP is also better if you are planning on doing a lot of touring.  This is because of the versatility an inflatable SUP provides you.  No matter what age or ability you are, an inflatable SUP provides a great introduction to Stand Up Paddle Board.  Plus, the fact that they are so portable means it will be much easier for you to take it with you to explore different spots and explore many different bodies of water.  One day you might want to paddle around your local harbor whilst another you may want to take it with you on a weekend camping excursion and do some paddling on a distant lake or river.  No matter what water you want, you will be able to paddle with an inflatable SUP without any problems thanks to how portable your travel ready inflatable SUP is.

 

 

 

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