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Paddleboarding, it’s a Lifestyle: From Racing to Yoga!

So you thought paddleboarding was just a stand-up affair on a calm lake, huh? Well, strap on your water shoes, my friend, because we’re about to take you on a whirlwind tour of the exhilarating world of SUP!

Summary:

This post delves deep into the dynamic discipline of paddleboarding, unravelling the various forms it takes – from tranquil touring and exciting surfing to balancing yoga, competitive racing, and even SUPing with your canine comrades. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Touring: Embark on long-distance journeys exploring serene water bodies.
  • Surfing: Catch some waves with this adrenaline-pumping variant of SUP.
  • Yoga: Swap your yoga mat for a SUP board and stretch amidst nature.
  • Racing: Compete in high-speed battles against the clock and other paddlers.
  • SUPs with Pups: Turn your paddleboarding adventure into a fun-filled day out with your four-legged friend.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each.

Touring: The SUP-long Haul

Paddleboard touring

As the name suggests, SUP touring is about long-distance journeys on your board, exploring tranquil lakes, gentle rivers, and beautiful coastlines at your own pace. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

How to Start: Rent or buy a touring paddleboard, which is typically longer and narrower to help with speed and straight tracking. Start on calm water to build your endurance and balance. And remember, it’s not a race!

Popular Places: The Lake District offers endless routes through the breathtaking scenery, or you can explore the picturesque Cornish coastline for a real sea adventure.

Pro Tip: Practise your forward stroke to maintain a steady speed and straight line. Keep the paddle close to the board for a more efficient stroke.

Surf SUP: Catch the Wave

Paddleboard surfing, SUP Surfing

Paddleboard surfing is about combining the adrenaline of catching waves with the stability of a larger paddleboard.

How to Start: Enrol in a surfing SUP class, invest in a shorter, more manoeuvrable surf SUP, and always be mindful of surf etiquette.

Popular Places: Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall is a favourite among UK surfers, and Rhosneigr in North Wales offers brilliant waves.

Pro Tip: Always keep your eyes on the horizon to spot incoming waves and adjust your position accordingly.

Yoga SUP: Float and Flex

Standup paddleboard yoga

Yoga SUP is about finding your balance, literally and figuratively. Imagine your sun salutation against a beautiful sunrise on the lake!

How to Start: Start with basic yoga poses on your board in calm, shallow water. It’s all about adapting and maintaining balance.

Popular Places: The serene surroundings of the Norfolk Broads make it an ideal spot. Or try the calm, clear waters of Rutland Water.

Pro Tip: Engage your core to maintain stability during poses, and remember, it’s okay to fall in!

Racing SUP: Need for SUP Speed

Paddleboard racing

SUP racing combines speed, strength, and strategy, and is an excellent way to test your SUP skills against others.

How to Start: Training is key! Consider a coach to help you with technique, and get a narrow, lightweight racing SUP for speed.

Popular Places: London’s Royal Docks are a great place to race, and SUP races are also held in Bray Lake, Berkshire.

Pro Tip: Paddleboarding with bent knees and a straight back will make you faster and help conserve energy.

SUPs with Pups: Best Friends on Board

SUPs and Pups

Who says paddleboarding is a humans-only sport? SUPing with your canine companion can be a fun and rewarding experience.

How to Start: Familiarise your dog with the board on dry land first, ensuring they’re comfortable before hitting the water.

Popular Places: Dog-friendly beaches such as Weymouth Beach in Dorset and Whitby Beach in Yorkshire are perfect.

Pro Tip: Always ensure your dog is wearing a life jacket for their safety, even if they’re strong swimmers.

Paddleboarding offers so much variety that you’ll never be bored. So, what are you waiting for? Get on board and join the SUP community today!

Images by Pexels; Eric Simon; TalksOnLaw; 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day ; Dimitris Vetsikas

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Co-founder and Chief Adventurer

I am Max, the co-founder and CEO of adventuro. We are on a mission to help you get into the sports you have always wanted to try, or develop in the sports you love, exploring new skills and locations. We do this by partnering with the best instructors, guides, and activity centres to get a great spread from beginner all the way to instructor training.

For too long, it has been way to confusing to find your next steps, or even to know where to start when getting into adventure sports. I am an experienced and/or qualified paraglider, skydiver, scuba diver, freediver, power boat driver, snowboarder, kitesurfer, kayaker, mountain biker, surfer, dirt biker, wakeboarder, and sailor.

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