Stand up paddle boarding is a unique form of water recreation that has been trending in popularity as of late. More and more water enthusiasts are embracing the activity of stand up paddle boarding with open arms. Even those that typically do not consider themselves water zealots are testing the waters and experimenting with this activity.
To those that are unfamiliar with the pursuit of stand up paddle boarding, one of the first questions that come to mind is “What is the appeal of stand up paddle boarding?” It is a solid question. For many newcomers, if they do not know the exact appeal of an activity, they will not pursue it.
In this informative article, we will break down this barrier to entry so that you can see for yourself why so many people are drawn to stand up paddle boarding. The subsequent list may even convince you to experience the pleasures of stand up paddle boarding for yourself.
The main appeal of stand up paddle boarding is that practically anyone can do it for a modest cost. In addition, people can stand up paddle board almost anywhere there is open water available. This is because paddle boards are easily portable and able to adapt to a variety of aquatic conditions.
In addition to these reasons, there is a host of other variables that factor into the mass appeal of stand up paddle boarding. Each of these factors will be discussed in depth in the subsequent paragraphs. Keep reading further to find out if stand up paddle boarding is something that might be up your alley.
1.) Can See Down Into The Water
Relative to other aquatic pursuits, stand up paddle boarding offers an entirely different perspective.
Stand up paddle boarders are able to conveniently glimpse down into the depths of the water from a greater height. It is much more problematic for those that kayak or canoe to have this same bird’s eye view of the depths below. In kayaking or canoeing, individuals are confined to a mandatory sitting position, preventing them from observing deep into the water.
This is not an area of trouble for stand up paddle boarders. You would be surprised just how much of a difference the added height makes. This clear advantage makes stand up paddle boarding the choice pursuit of those that are looking to calmly scan the aquatic life underneath.
2.) Does Not Require A Lot of Effort
Frankly, this activity does not require a whole lot of effort relative to other aquatic ventures.
For instance, this activity does not require individuals to wear a substantial amount of equipment like scuba diving does. Scuba divers are required to wear a diving mask, snorkel, wet suit, fins, an oxygen tank, and a regulator. Not to mention that most underwater explorations require proper scuba diving certification. All stand up paddle boarders need is their board and their paddle. No certification necessary!
This activity is a viable option for those that simply want to explore the underwater world without having to go through any extra effort. It is extremely convenient to just hop on your paddle board and take in the serenity of nature.
3.) Peaceful Rock of the Waves
Sometimes you just want to bask in the peaceful rock of the waves. Paddle boards gently sway along with the tide. This way, you can enjoy the calm and tranquility of the water in its truest form.
Motor boats and jet skis simply slash through waves. Although this is is practical for going from point A to Point B in the quickest amount of time possible, it takes away from the leisurely experience of being on the open water.
Stand up paddle boarding shares the ebbs and flows of the water. If you want to absorb the waves at their finest, stand up paddle boarding is certainly the activity for you.
4.) Calm and Steady Motions
Stand up paddle boarding is not fast paced whatsoever. Those that are searching for a calming aquatic pastime often find great pleasure in paddle boarding. For thrill chasers, this may be a source of repulsion rather than appeal. Nonetheless, many find the leisurely tempo of stand up paddle boarding to be exactly what they were looking for.
Many people take immense satisfaction in the slow, tranquil motions of this aquatic venture. Unlike kayaking and canoeing, there is not a whole lot of rigor with this specific sort of paddling. There was one descriptive comparison about stand up paddle boarding that I particularly enjoyed when I heard it:
This is one of the most accurate depictions regarding stand up paddle boarding I have ever heard. The experience you have with the calm and steady nature of the water is absolutely unparalleled.
5.) Conducive to Most Water Conditions
Another major source of appeal is that stand up paddle boarding can be done in almost any sort of water conditions.
This activity can be done in oceans, lakes, and rivers. Even swimming pools are utilized to instruct novices on the fundamentals of stand up paddle boarding. The versatility of this aquatic pursuit allows stand up paddle boarding to reach a vast audience of people. Individuals that live near these various bodies of water are easily able to pick up this recreational activity.
Other aquatic pursuits, such as windsurfing or parasailing, demand a particular set of environmental conditions in order for it to be performed. These types of aquatic pursuits require a rather large open body of water and adequate wind to be accomplished. Stand up paddle boarding has no such restraints.
Stand up paddle boarding can be executed in breezy conditions, choppy waters, or on a tranquil lagoon. That is the beauty of this pastime. Paddle boarders have the freedom of choice. They can challenge themselves by muddling through harsher tides or kick back and relax on calmer waters.
6.) Paddle Boards Are Easily Portable
The paddle board is also an easily transportable piece of equipment. As aforementioned, stand up paddle boarding is conducive to most water conditions. The fact that paddle boards are conveniently portable allows water enthusiasts to effortlessly access their favorite aquatic locations without any unnecessary hassle.
Since paddle boards are not overly heavy or irregularly shaped, only one person is needed to carry a paddle board safely. This is drastically different from kayaks or canoes. These sizable pieces of aquatic equipment demand at least two or more people for safe transportation. If one person attempts to carry a kayak or canoe on their own, they risk severe injury. A paddle board can quite literally be hoisted with one hand.
The convenient portability of the paddle board also makes the process of actually getting out on the water painless. The paddle board can be taken directly to the water straight from a car. From there, all you need to do is venture out a bit away from the land and you are all set to begin your paddle boarding experience.
7.) You Can Stay Dry
One novel aspect of stand up paddle boarding is that you barely even have to get wet. Once you drift away from land and stand up on the board, your ankles and feet are really the only things that get wet. Apart from that, the rest of your body is practically dry.
This point is commonly overlooked by those that are unfamiliar with stand up paddle boarding, but it is definitely a solid point of attraction. Some people just have no desire to get wet. With recreational pursuits like scuba diving and snorkeling, immersing yourself in the water is imperative to get the full experience.
This is not a necessity in stand up paddle boarding. You can enjoy being on the water without having to actually fully submerge yourself into it.
Of course, there is the risk of completely soaking yourself if you fall into the water. However, it is fairly easy to avoid falling in once you get the hang of it. All it takes is a bit of time and patience.
8.) Enjoy the Challenge Of Having to Balance
The balancing act of stand up paddle boarding presents a bit of challenge to novices. Certain individuals welcome the challenge. Although the challenge may seem intimidating at first, becoming proficient at balancing on the paddle board becomes second nature with practice.
The most rewarding pastimes are typically the ones that require a bit of a learning curve. People that conquer the challenge of having to balance on the paddle board take pride in that fact. There is something to be said of venturing outside your personal bubble and reaching success. Knowing that you have accomplished something that once seemed impossible is no small feeling.
Most people that are frustrated with the balancing act of stand up paddle boarding often find immense pleasure once they do finally triumph.
9.) Painless Transition If You Fall
As I just discussed, stand up paddle boarding is a bit of a balancing act for novices. Those that are just starting the journey of paddle boarding will fall at one point or another. It takes time to acquire the skills of balance necessary to smoothly maneuver around the open water.
The good thing is that climbing back onto your paddle board if you fall is easy.
For one, bringing the paddle board back toward you is an effortless task. The paddle board is equipped with a leash is designed to be strapped to your ankle. This prevents the paddle board from drifting too far away from you in the case that you do fall. The leash is a convenient tool to bring the paddle board back to within arm’s reach.
The task of physically orienting yourself back onto the paddle board is also rather simple once the board is within arm’s reach. All you have to do is simply climb back on. Climbing back onto a paddle board is a walk in the park relative to climbing back onto an upturned kayak or canoe.
From there, all you have to do is find your bearings, establish your balance, stand back up, and then you are on your merry way.
10.) Unrestricted Movement
Another draw of stand up paddle boarding is the freedom of movement.
You can stand up, sit down, and even lay back on your paddle board if you so desire. There are no obstructions present that will impede you from finding the most comfortable position for you.
Certain other aquatic pursuits force you to sit in tight, cramped spaces for hours on end. Take, kayaking and canoeing for instance. The way kayaks and canoes are structured, there is not a whole lot of room for movement. To effectively paddle, you have to be in an upright sitting position at virtually all times. People can feel like they are hemmed in after being out on the water for awhile.
Stand up paddle boarders are not confined to such cramped quarters, which makes for a far more comfortable ride.
11.) Alternative Form of Exercise
In addition, this aquatic pursuit is also an unorthodox form of exercise.
People are always searching for fun and creative ways to mix up their fitness routine. There are few exercises out there that mimic the workout of stand up paddle boarding. This activity provides a nice change of pace for those that are bored of their current workout routine. Plus, they are able to enjoy the wonders of nature while they burn off some calories.
The amount of calories burned has a direct correlation with how much you are challenging yourself. To burn more calories, it is essential to take to harsher waters. Even if you are just opting to take a leisurely stroll on the water, however, you will end up burning through some additional calories.
Paddle boarding works a surprising large number of various muscle groups. Most people automatically assume that stand up paddle boarding only targets the arms due to the heavy emphasis on stroke movements. Although this activity certainly challenges the arm muscles, paddle boarding also works the latissimus dorsi, deltoids, pectoralis major, trapezius and abdominal muscles.
The abdominal core is put to the test with stand up paddle boarding. This aquatic activity is a fantastic means to tighten up those abdominal muscles and have a blast while doing it.
12.) Relatively Easy to Pick Up
This is one of the primary appealing elements of stand up paddle boarding. Nearly anyone can participate, regardless of whether you are young or old.
The learning curve for this activity is extremely fast. The only prerequisite skill that a person needs to properly stand up paddle board is balance. Although you may take a tumble once or twice, it is not a laborious task to master.
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Stand up paddle boarding appeals to an extremely broad audience. It is a marvelous idea for unconventional family outings. Moreover, it is also a spectacular way to get out there and try something new.
13.) Much More Affordable Relative to Other Water Pursuits
Some aquatic pursuits can break the bank. This is why the affordable cost of stand up paddle boarding is such a prominent source of appeal.
Purchasing your very own stand up paddle board is a costly endeavor. However, renting a stand up paddle board for a day on a weekend or a vacation is a rather cheap investment.
If you are interested in exact costs, renting a stand up paddle board for one hour can cost as low as $15. A daily rental can cost as low as $50. A newcomer can jam pack their entire day with paddle boarding at rates like these!
Let us compare this pricing to scuba diving for example. There are multiple moving parts to scuba diving, which ultimately results in some expensive costs. Renting the scuba gear alone could cost hundreds of dollars. Not only that, you must pay for the instructional course if you are non-certified and pay for the boating trip out to the scuba destination.
If you compare the pricing of the two activities, it is no contest. Stand up paddle boarding wins every time.
14.) Be a Part of a Surging Community
The activity of stand up paddle boarding is also rising in popularity. As this pastime has become more and more mainstream, the community of paddle boarders has grown exponentially.
People treasure having their own little exclusive communities where they can connect and share their passions. The stand up paddle boarding community allows people to do exactly that… share their love of the water! This community grows larger by the day and is always willing to take on more paddle boarders.
Obviously, having a supportive community at your back can be an extremely appealing concept. Not only does it provide an outlet for you to divulge your specific experiences, it will help to take your passion for the water to new heights. Who could argue against bolstering their passions?