Stand-up paddleboarding or SUP is a hobby that has been growing rapidly in popularity since 2010. Stand-up paddleboarding consists of a rider standing on a large plank, shaped much like a surfboard, and paddling through the water with a long one-sided paddle. The defining difference between surfboards and paddleboards is that paddle boards have large pieces of rubber grips on the top of them, rather than a smooth surface that needs to be waxed for grip, like surfboards.
Paddleboarding can be done in just about any type of water. Some people enjoy boarding in lakes for a relaxing ride, while others may practice SUP in mild rapid rivers or in the ocean for an exciting workout.
Practicing in a rapid river works out many muscles in the legs, and keeps the rider’s core tight from holding balance and paddling. Although paddleboarding is relaxing in steady water, many participants of the sport claim that boarding is a mild core workout that is done by simply paddling peacefully along a smooth lake. When a rider with ideal body weight for their height paddles moderately on smooth water, typical calorie loss is 650-700 calories per hour. Calorie loss can vary depending on intensity, speed, the weight of the rider, and water conditions.
Paddleboarding can be an expensive hobby to start up. New boards can range from five hundred dollars to two thousand dollars in price, while used boards can range from three hundred to fifteen hundred dollars. People who are trying out the sport to see if they like it or not may want to rent a board from a shop to make sure that it is something that they would enjoy doing more than once or twice before making a large purchase. People who are looking to practice in the ocean may also want to purchase a wetsuit to make the cold water tolerable for longer periods of time. It is also important to buy bags for your equipment if you want to prevent storage or transport damage. Although the hobby can be expensive, many claim that it is worth it in entertainment value and workout value.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Types
Are you going to be surfing on ocean waves, taking a stroll on your local lake, or hitting the mild whitewater rapids on the river? Choosing the right stand-up paddleboard based on the types of conditions you will be subjected to, is one of the most important questions that need to be answered before you purchase your new board.
Types of Stand Up Paddle Boards
When determining what type of board you will be the best fit for, the first thing to consider is your own athletic abilities and characteristics. Let’s be honest with ourselves, If you are overweight and out of shape, then it is highly unlikely you will be capable of surfing the big waves or riding the rapids on the river. However, there is some good news for you, paddling on a calm lake can be one of the best ways to get into shape. in fact, one of the biggest reasons this sport has become so popular is its amazing full-body workout benefits. So, walk before you run, or in this case paddle before you shoot the curl.
The different types of SUP boards can be better understood by breaking them down into three basic categories.
Surf Style Stand-up Board – is shorter, has more Rocker (bottom curve), and has rounded rails. These surfboard characteristics give it more agility and better maneuverability. Standing on this type of SUP board will require more balance, coordination, speed, strength, and endurance.
All Around Stand Up Paddleboards – give you the ability to ride small surf or you can paddle flat water as well. These boards are thicker than the surf style and are also wider and longer, giving you more stability. Typically this type of board would be more suitable for the majority of people, due to its versatility along with its increase in length, width, and thickness.
Touring and Race Stand Up Paddle Boards – The most distinctive difference you will see with a race touring board is its boat-like hull shape. They are designed to go faster and smoother through choppy waters. Race touring boards are much narrower than a typical touring board, so they will be much harder to stand on. A standard touring board is very stable and is the easiest of all SUP boards to balance on.