Paddle Boarding Is The New Sport To Be Into
Paddle boarding is not new by any means. Created long ago by Hawaiians, it has been around for decades, much like surfing was before it hit it’s big boom. Much in the same, paddle boarding is hitting a boom of it’s own. People around the globe of all ages, shapes, sizes and religions are enjoying the sport.
What is not to love really. You get to spend time out in the sun on a nice body of water and get some fresh air and exercise. It really is perfect for anyones health. It provides a great cardiovascular workout as well as flexibility and joint movement. This is why you are seeing a growth in workout programs on the water. Trainers everywhere are starting to implement SUP workouts.
Oh yes, not just a workout but yoga time. One of the biggest growing fads in the paddle boarding world is SUP yoga. There are yoga instructors in almost every major town near a nice body of water who offer SUP yoga lessons. I would say it is for people that are a little more advanced in yoga and stability, but these classes fill up fast.
They have created a whole new line of paddle boards just for yoga. These boards tend to have a little more padding on the top that covers most of the length of the board. The boards are typically a little wider for stability and higher quality. I have seen many made of epoxy, fiberglass, and solid wood. Obviously the colors tend to range in a more feminine tone as most yoga boarders are women. They also cost a little more due to the higher quality. I don’t see many yoga SUP boards under $1,000.
If yoga wasn’t enough for you, they have even branched out into SUP fishing. The hard core fisherman will fish off of just about anything, even a paddle board I guess. Hobie specifically makes boards that caters to the fishing enthusiast. It is inflatable so you can pack it into remote lakes and has special hold downs to help keep your gear locked safely onto the board. I would venture to say that this is probably best used on calm bodies of water and not suggested to be taken into the ocean. If you were to hook on to a big fish or a shark, it is likely to take you for a long ride. If you fall in….well…no thanks.
So what else will they come up with? Every time I turn around there is a new way to use a paddle board. Who would have thought. Hobie even took the idea of the paddle board and the put handle bars on it with a pedal system. It would look a little like an elliptical machine you would find at the gym. It really gets up and goes too. I’ll put a video of the board below.
If you ever wonder what is the best board for you, be sure to search for paddle board reviews online and you will find just about everything you need to know.