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Stand up Paddle Boards

Updated on May 22, 2011

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

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.

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.


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    • miamipaddler profile image

      Sara Roberts 

      6 years ago from Miami

      Great hub! Nice resource to learn more about this awesome sport.

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      6 years ago

      Stand up paddle boarding is definitely a growing sport in the UK. It looks like a lot of fun, although I am yet to have the opportunity to try it. Sounds like it's a good work out too which is always a bonus. Bring it on I say!

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      Shawn McCconnell 

      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Once you get your balance figured out it's pretty easy and a very fun work out

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      8 years ago

      ..I must admit when I saw Kate Hudson there - I was standing up with my paddle .....

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      8 years ago from Belize

      I stand up paddle on just about anything that floats, but in Belize this is a sport that is just catching on. The close proximity of our barrier reef makes it flat for exercizing We can't get the boards here with out over taxation. However, I'm wondering if there is a blueprint for making them homemade.Thanks from Caye Caulker, Belize.

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      ss sneh 

      8 years ago from the Incredible India!

      Hi! Longboard and stand up paddle boarding!

      Well water sport is really adventurous!

      You have greater chances to enjoy water spots if you are living near by coastal lines or in an island! Playing in the sea with the waves is really fascinating. -- Thanks


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