Stand Up Paddleboard Benefits
Why do we love Stand up paddleboarding?
There are many ways to get out and enjoy the water so why is it that Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the nation? The answer lies in the versatility. SUP provides alternative fitness, multidimensional uses, Eco-friendliness, a social characteristic, and ANYONE can do it.
The number one reason why Stand Up is taking the country by storm is that anyone can join in on the fun. The common objection goes something like this: oh, there is no way I can stand on the board it will be too unstable. This is far from the truth; the fact is there are boards made for every shape and size. Kids from 5-85 with no athletic background or water experience can get out on the board and stand up on their first try! We recommend you go out and find a local SUP lessons company and give it a try before you buy. A good SUP lessons company will match you with a board to suit your experience and comfort level. After your first time on the board you will notice how quickly you feel comfortable and be surprised to find out that you are burning an enormous amount of calories. The hidden fitness aspect has become one of the largest drivers of Stand up paddleboard growth.
Stand Up Paddleboarding engages your entire body in a seemly effortless manner with a simple cruise along your favorite shore. The average calorie burn from a 75-90 minute cruise comes in around 600 (tested age: 58). Not only does paddling burn an incredible amount of calories, but it also contributes to toning your core, arms, shoulders, back, and legs with every stroke. Combine this with SUPs non-impact nature and individuals with knee, back, and ankle problems have found a new way to stay fit. The added benefit of improved balance is just another ace in the deck. Some companies offer Paddleboard Fitness classes, which treat the board as the floating fitness mat. Incorporating bands, body weight exercises, and the boards resistance this becomes a work out like no other. This versatility on the board for fitness also transfers to its overall use on the water. SUPs versatility stems from the many places in which it can be used and the ability to sit or stand. You can paddle your local lakes, river, and oceans and even learn how to SUP surf all on one board. This versatility allows for great flexibility within a family. SUPs also can be ridden standing up, on the knees, Kris Cross applesauce, or prone (laying down).
It seems the world is ready for a change, a cleaner planet, a healthier lifestyle. Stand Up Paddleboarding is a non-destructive activity that reduces fossil fuel usage; SUP unlike boating and its related activities does not contribute to lake, river, and ocean pollution. While the SUP manufacturing process is still far from pure, steps are being made everyday to develop greener production. The last reason sup has become so popular and one of this writers personal favorites is the social aspect. Stand Up Paddleboarding creates minimal noise (more soothing than anything) thus allowing groups to talk and get to know one another while paddling. This makes for a great fitness and social activity as well as a clever date night (guys are you listening). So get outside, grab a board, find your favorite waterway, and join in on all the fun, health, and wellness!
Stand Up Paddleboard Benefits
Why do we love Stand up paddleboarding?
Paddleboard Hulls: Displacement vs. Planning (Surf Style)
A question we often get asked: “what is the difference between a paddle board with pointed nose (that looks like a kayak) and a SUP that looks like a giant surfboard.”
This is a great question to ask when looking to buy a board. Most people think of a stand up paddleboard as looking like a large surfboard, but the more people become aware of the benefits of a displacement board for flat water the more they may end up buying one in the end.
Boards like the one pictured below are “traditionally” thought of as how a paddleboard should look. These boards perform great in all conditions. They can be paddled on lakes, rivers, and oceans and due to their wide nose and tail they provide more stability in most environments. If you are just getting into stand up paddle boarding or think you may eventually like to try Sup surfing it is a smart idea to go with a planning board. They are true do it all designs….So you might be thinking why would I need a displacement board.
Well….a displacement board can be a major upgrade to your quiver for a number of reasons. Where displacement boards lack stability they make up for it with speed. The pointed bows (or nose of the board) cut through chop and glass alike and help channel the water around the hull and off the tail as efficiently as possible. What does this really mean? Plain and simple, less effort and more glide! Displacement paddleboards are generally twice as efficient as planning boards and are a great choice for those looking to paddle long distances in choppy conditions or on lakes and rivers.
There are a variety of different styles of planning and displacement boards and we recommend talking to a local professional or giving us a call to help determine the best board for you. Don’t go with the best deal around, because the board may not really suit your paddling needs. Get set up with the right board no matter what brand and go have a great time on the water!
Choosing the Right Paddleboard
How to Choose The Right Paddleboard
There are two very important factors to consider when looking for a paddleboard.
What type of paddling do you intend on doing 90% of the time?
Determine where you will likely use your Paddle Board: Lakes, River, Intracoastal or the Ocean.
If you are spending the majority of your time on flat-water a board that is longer and has less width will glide faster and will allow you to increase your per side stroke average.
In contrast if you plan to use your paddleboard in the surf the majority of the time you want to go smaller and wider. This will make the board more maneuverable on the wave. Also having more nose rocker and tail rocker will increase your ability to drop into waves without pearling (burying the nose).
What size should you get for your weight?
Generally for flat water if you are 160lbs or less you will want to be riding a 10’6” or if storage is an issue a 10’ board will also work nicely.
For 150lbs-200lbs in flat-water conditions a 11’-12’ board is perfect.
For riders over 200lbs any of these sizes will work, but you will need to look for boards with a thickness of no less than 4.75.” The larger to thickness and width of the board the more stability. Also if the board has a wide tail and nose this will also add to the stability.
If you are looking to transition from flat-water to surf try and purchase a board you can “grow into.” The general rule is the shorter the board the better it will perform in the surf and the larger the board (hence greater surface area) the more carry or glide there will be on each stroke.