People have marveled at the skill and dexterity of surfers across the globe for generations. Paddleboarding is an offshoot of the surfing lifestyle that is now taking the world by storm.
A stand up paddle board is hardly a new invention. It was used in Africa, Polynesia, and South America in the 16th century by natives of these lands to get from place to place. On occasion, they may have dabbled in the art of riding waves that rolled into the shorelines across the globe.
Paddleboarding is where you use either a paddle or your arms to power the craft from place to place. During the period of the 1930s to the 1990s stand up paddle boarding was very much in the shadows. It was viewed as a not terribly interesting offshoot of mainstream surfing - but then in the 1990s, something changed. A series of high profile events, including long-distance races brought the skills involved in stand up paddleboarding to the fore - and today the sport is enjoying astounding success.
Today's paddleboards are a far cry from the heavy and cumbersome early models. Modern stand up paddleboards are lighter and more stable with lengths that range from about 9 to around 13 foot in length, are around 20 inches wide and weigh between 20 and 40 pounds (paddles are available in a number of lengths). However, there are now other sorts of paddleboards which break the mold when it comes to both design and ease of use.
One of the most popular types of paddleboard today is inflatable. These are ideal for flat water, small waves, and just generally exploring the world of water that surrounds us. These boards are tremendously robust and can be carried in a backpack. This means more and more opportunities are opening up for those who want to experience the paddle boarding lifestyle. The best of these types are manufactured from reinforced rubberized material, heavy-duty PVC and layer upon layer of urethane and polymer blends. These are paddleboards that can offer years of fun if cared for correctly.
The attractions of paddle boarding are not difficult to understand. The sport offers a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a healthier lifestyle in some of the most beautiful parts of the world. Paddle boarding is great for those who want to lose weight and up core strength and general fitness. The boards are also available in a variety of different models and price points. For this who want to dip their toes into the waters of paddleboarding (pun intended) the entry-level boards are great value for money.
There is also a rising interest in fishing from paddleboards, providing even more fun for those in love with the water.
Paddleboarding is a great way for families to enjoy time together. It is a pastime that is perfect for older boarders and younger kids. It's also a fabulous way to meet like-minded people. If you have not investigated the possibilities of this sport and you love the water now is the time to get paddling.