Stand up Paddle Boards
Stand up Paddle Boarding
Longboard and stand up paddle boarding is the quickest rising water sport in the world. It is easily one of the best methods of cross training as it concentrates on the core, legs and upper body all at the same time. Celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson and Matthew Mcconaughey are doing it. Also elite athletes from around the world are reaping the benefits of the excellent workout paddle boarding offers.
Before you decide on a paddle board ask yourself what skill you have be it having surfed before or not. The larger the stand up paddle boards the more stable they are, but in wavy conditions the more difficult it will be to turn. Paddle boarders with past surfing experience should choose smaller, more nimble stand up paddle boards while beginners starting with boards in flat-water conditions should choose longer, wider and higher volume boards
Kate Hudson Paddle Boarding
Choosing Paddle Boards
Some points you should remember
if you are choosing to get a custom board; Displacement is vital in the
design of a stand up paddle boards
for a specific person and should not be confused with volume. The board shapers
will factor in your weight to adequately foam the board. Next the paddler’s height
will also play a considerable part in the building of a custom board and lastly
your honest ability is vital, there’s no need to prop yourself up.
When it comes to configurations there is a wide variety as far as FCS fins, boards, paddles, leashes and deck pads and can be overwhelming for any beginner. So let’s take a quick look at some options that will get you out on the water with the most amount of fun
Matthew Mcconaughey Longboarding
Types of Stand up Paddle Boards
Cruiser boards are typically for beginners and low surf conditions. These boards range 11ft 6- 12ft 6. Normally they should be at least 30 inches wide as this will give the added stability needed for first time riders. These boards are also suited for riders over 200 lbs
Big Wave Boards
for more advanced riders big wave boards are idel and range between 11ft and 13ft. These particular boards are made narrower about 27-28 inches wide, they lose their stability but gain better control needed on big waves.
Paddle Board Leash
Choosing the Right Leash is as Important as Choosing the Right Board.
If a leash is too short it likely result in the board darting back after a bail and end up hitting you. Also if it’s too short it prevents you from nose riding which is the old school way of riding. We all bail out, there’s no way around it. The best way to do so is to chuck your paddle over the back wave and when you are clear of other surfers jump in and grab your leash as close to the back of the board. The way will prevent you hitting other surfers and yourself with the board
The Versatility of Stand up Paddle Boards
With the same Stand up Paddle Board you can cruise all relaxed in flat water. Paddleboard along your coastline or up at the lake at your cottage. Standing up on a Paddle board with waves 15ft or smaller is much easier to pick up rather than a standing up on a conventional surf board. You can instruct your friends how to stand up on paddle Boards in and lastly you get to relax and have fun paddleboarding.