Let’s talk about the Rise of Stand Up Paddle boarding and find out why it is just so popular these days.
So many people are doing it now it seems strange to me that it still is a very new sport.
All Ages and Athletic Abilities Welcome
Personally one of my favorite things about SUP’s is the culture of people who do it.
The range is wide from very athletic professional surfers to a 10-year-old child and the family puppy! Someone who has been on the water for years training on different surfs all over the world. They make a great candidate for SUP.
Someone who is young, never surfed or paddled before and looking for a new way to experience a lake or a river while camping. They also make a great candidate!
This sport is easily accessible, with many cities having places to rent and almost all sporting goods stores selling them.
You do not have to be skilled in any certain way, just have the courage and some balance! It is a little scary at first for many people, the fear of falling into the water can be discouraging. Once you’ve realized how it does not hurt and can be fun to get up and try again, everybody will be paddling.
There are some people who are really good, they catch amazing huge waves and ride em down smoothly. There are people who teach yoga and fitness classes all from the surface of a board. (Goals, I would totally love to be a SUP Teacher!)
But then there are people like me, who started in the backyard pumping up a board and falling in many a time. I have seen grandparents out with families, young children, and even dogs!
Seriously all ages welcome!
Easy to Learn
Something that has got a lot of people intrigued is the ability to learn at any age or skill level. You do not have to be extremely athletic like I said before.
This sport is forgiving and great for anyone who is interested in trying it out.
Falling can suck but the chances of getting hurt are pretty minimal. Especially with an inflatable board because they are fairly soft and bumping them won’t lead to major injury.
Once you get the hang on standing up, the balancing part is actually fairly simple as well! It takes a good technique to learn how to paddle and maneuver in different waters. But leisure paddling doesn’t take much teaching at all.
I taught myself how to paddle board, although it is not necessarily the best way to go it is doable.
Being easy is appealing to people, hence the huge growth in the sport!
A super great thing about paddle boarding is you do not need certain weather or wave conditions to get out on the water.
Is it more enjoyable on a sunny day? Yes of course. If you are looking to test your skills and catch some waves, there are more prime times to be out of course.
But the paddle board does not discriminate and anytime of the day on really anybody of water is a great time to get out there!
These days there are so many kinds of paddle boards. Different shapes and sizes. Great options for anyone, there is really no reason not to try this fun sport.
Inflatable Paddle Boards are so easy to transport as well.
The trend to be more active and to get healthy is also a contributing factor to the SUP sport’s popularity.
It can be a great all around workout, and lots of people are adding additional fitness to regular paddling. It is a really fun way to get a workout in while visiting a new city, or on vacation in a pretty place with friends.
Be One with Nature
It seems that a big reason people are purchasing boards is because they want to be outside more. Feel one with nature and explore a new place around them.
Paddling is a really simple way to explore via the water while in a new place. You get to see things from a unique and different point of you.
This sport is making for great vantage points of nature photography. As well as landscapes and anything cool you may see while floating out in the nature.
Even fishing, there are tons of people using their paddle board to load up their fishing gear and setting out to catch dinner! It is a really compact, easy to pack boat for quick trips out to where the good fish are hiding. With no motor, similar to a kayak just a little more open, you get a great spot for catching some fish.
Not to Pricey
By not means is paddle boarding a cheap sport. There are a lot of things that you need, most importantly a board. There are some boards that can be upwards thousands of dollars.
But with the popularity of this sport growing there are also many more companies providing new and different boards.
You can get all different kinds of boards meant for fishing, simple paddling or even racing! Lots of options, at so many price points. This helps people to find it more affordable and available to them.
Find the right board for you with this buying guide, or head over to Green Water Sports and check out all their amazing products and reviews.