Chances are high that you’ve heard about stand up paddle boarding, that your friends have recently been SUPing or your Facebook, Instagram and TikTok feeds are filled with people out on surf board like contraptions enjoying themselves. If you don’t know much about paddle boarding, you have come to the right place. Hopefully, we will inspire you to try it. Paddleboard activities, like paddle boarding on rivers and lochs, or recreational SUP yoga, have exploded recently and became extremely popular. What’s the fuss about? What are all the hypes about SUP? and what is the purpose of paddle boarding?
Simply put, the purpose of paddle boarding is different for each individual, but in general, it is to have fun, get fit, get some fresh air, and enjoy the great outdoors. SUP is one of the fastest growing water sports here in the UK (Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland). And yes, there are plenty of cool places to do it. SUP has become extremely popular all over the UK, from suping rivers in small towns in the country to busy city waterways. SUP paddlers are using their boards it to stay fit, to relax and have fun. SUP boarding is like learning to surf, but it’s much easier to learn how to paddle board than surf, however you can combine the two and take up Surf Paddle Boarding if you wish. Join the hype train and let’s get paddle boarding. If you want to try SUP boarding, here’s what it is and why it’s so awesome.
What can you do with your Stand up Paddle Board?
SUP is a popular water sport that involves standing up on an inflatable paddle board and using a paddle to propel you around the water. You’ll use your arms to paddle while standing or kneeling to push the water and your board forward.
You can use SUP boards for many activities, including surfing, racing, touring, kayaking (some SUPs come with kayak conversion kits, including seats), and even white water paddling!
When we SUP we you use our paddle to propel us forward, change direction and stop.
Stand up paddle boarding is a popular water sport that involves standing on a board and moving around the water with a paddle. You can do all kinds of things with a paddle board, like yoga, fishing, racing and sightseeing. SUP allows you to do all the cool things that you can do with a kayak, but it gives you more space to manoeuvre, and it gives you a better view of the water than a kayak (because you can stand). You can easily paddle board on almost any body of water, like most lakes, lochs, seas and rivers.
Why is SUP so Popular?
SUP is an incredibly popular outdoor activity. It is easy to learn, and incredibly accessible. SUP is a relatively new way of doing water sports, but paddle boarding has been around for hundreds of years.
SUP can be learned by anyone who wants to become more active and physically fit. Paddle boards are great for everyone. Young and old paddle boarders, as well as people of all shapes and sizes, will have fun on a paddleboard.
The price! Compared to white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, the entry price point for stand up paddle boarding is far more accessible. Starting at around £200 for a full SUP kit.
What benefits can you get from regular PADDLE BOARDING?
What is it that paddle boarding is good for? It’s hard to know where to start when talking about paddle boarding. There are a lot of amazing reasons to try out SUP!
SUP IS A GREAT WAY TO RELAX AFTER A STRESS.
Nature calms the soul, embrace her bosom is to embrace your inner self. SUP is a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and to enjoy nature, and have some laughs and spike the adrenaline and endorphins. SUP is great for people who are stressed, as you can easily get a huge relief from simply being in nature, paddling your SUP into the tranquil beauty of a loch or costal area. Nothing beats the feeling of having the sun on your face and watching marine life up close and personal. I have spotted seals, lots of birds, others have seen dolphins and even whales!
Because SUPers often do activities in groups, it’s a great way to bond with your family, your friends and even make new friends. SUP IS a great way to unwind and unwind with your loved ones. Oh, and did we mention it’s super fun?
SUP IS A GREAT WAY TO WORK OUT!
And don’t worry about circuit classes – SUP is an excellent full-body workout. Trust us, your core will feel the burn. SUP helps you keep your core strong and helps you maintain good balance. It’s also great for strengthening your cardiovascular system. Because SUP is very easy to learn and because it’s low-impact, it’s accessible to everyone! Paddle Board Yoga is also a great way to get a great workout. If you love yoga, imagine doing your poses whilst balancing on an inflatable SUP board as it floats and bobs to the rhythm of the water. Magical. It adds that extra dimension, plus it means you are not in a stuffy room. Yoga is best outdoors (we are biased, everything is best outdoors.)
IS PADDLE BOARDING DIFFICULT?
We’re not going to tell you that it is easy to paddle board, like any new skill it will take time and practice to master. But compared to other water sports, it is relatively easy to learn the basics and most can be up and out in nature quickly. So yes, paddle boarding is a lot easier than you think. It can be learned (basic proficiency) in just a few days. Most people learn how to paddle board in one day. If you learn how to balance a SUP and paddle properly, you’ll be able to have a fun time. If you are new to SUP, give it a try! If you are, ask a friend who is experienced to accompany you or take a guided tour or instruction from a guide or instructor to build your confidence. You will look like they are pro in no time!
SUP IS EVERYWHERE!
In the early 2000s, the modern-day version of paddleboards arrived in California. Surfers who were using it as a form of cross training developed SUP. SUP was invented in 2005 ish, and soon everyone was hooked. SUP is all the rage right now, and it offers a great alternative to surfing. Paddle boarding is now more popular than ever and is more affordable than ever.
Conclusion: What is the purpose of paddle boarding?
What is the purpose of cycling, camping, outdoor swimming? To have fun, to get fit, to build confidence, to find quietness, to be in nature, to do activities with friends and family, to de stress and more. All we know is SUPing is great fun. Novices can enjoy it with little to no experience level, low fitness level, and it is accessible to most. It can be done at the beach, the river, the loch and, unlike other water sports, it is finically accessible to most. So if you’re thinking about giving paddle boarding a go check out our paddle boarding gear guide for the kind of kit you will need, it also has some advice on basic strokes, and more.
Be excellent, stay safe and have fun.
Team Best Outdoors.