The surge in popularity of paddle boarding in the UK is no accident. Over the last few years, the surge in people wishing to try their hand at this sport has risen dramatically. With celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston going wild for the sport, as a way to exercise, it is easy to see why people are choosing to take up paddle boarding. While we can’t guarantee a beach bod like Jennifer Aniston’s, we can guarantee you will have the most amount of fun when you go paddle boarding.
Newquay, naturally, is the main place to go paddle boarding. With locals ditching the traditional surf board and opting for a paddle board instead, it is easy to see why the appeal of the paddle board has gone from strength to strength. Even surfing legends such as Laird Hamilton are heralding the sport as amazing, so if Laird says it is cool, then it is cool.
Don’t be fooled though, paddle boarding is harder than it looks. Paddle boarding requires maximum effort, so while it looks easier than surfing, it isn’t. However, the work out that you will get from paddle boarding is immense. You will be toned (and hopefully, if the weather stays good for summer, tanned) in no time. A perfect beach body and a lot of fun in the process? You would be crazy not to hop on a stand up paddle board this summer.
On the subject of using paddle boarding as a fantastic, and fun, alternative to the gym think about the workout itself. Paddle boards are notoriously heavy, and large, so dragging it down to the beach will be a workout in itself. Once you hit the waves though, the stresses of dragging the board to ocean mouth will be forgotten. Do bear in mind, that if you are beginner to stand up paddle boarding, you are likely to need the biggest size. Of course, safety on the waves is of paramount importance so the bigger the better when it comes to SUP’s and beginners.
The ocean is the most important thing that you need for a successful day out of paddle boarding. Never mind the size of the waves, all you need for a good day out paddle boarding is the ocean to be safe. Waves are not of importance when paddle boarding, as it can be done in all conditions. So, if you are looking for a great way to relax, then stand up paddle boarding in a low tide is the way forward, explore the ocean and the feel the serenity and peace of being at one with the open seas. If you are more of a thrill seeker, wait until high tide and wait until the waves are crashing on the shore. Aim for the biggest one and get yourself back on the beach in no time.
Regardless of your level of skill, stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed by all. If you decide to learn at least one new thing this year, make sure it is paddle boarding.