Paddle boarding is becoming more and more popular and everyone wants to buy a paddle board. It is one of the few water sports that you can master within a few minutes and where you can determine your own level.
Since 2013 I have seen the sport grow and increase. To be honest, you see it everywhere at your favourite holiday destination these days, don’t you?
What is the reason paddle boarding has become so popular? Read my blog with 6 reasons why paddle boarding is fantastic and why you should buy a paddle board today!
Paddle boarding is the ultimate workout
What could be better than outdoors sports? Escape the sweaty scent of the gym and breathe in fresh oxygen from nature.
Now you’ll think that fitness is a lot better for your body but that’s not the case at all. Paddle boarding is what is called a real full body workout.
From head to toe, almost all muscles are almost involved in balancing on a board or when you’re paddling.
When you want to speed up your paddling, you train your entire core and a strong core means a strong body.
Do you work out to burn calories? Even then paddle boarding is very suitable. When you’re touring, you burn about 400 – 500 calories per hour!
Paddle boarding is often used by sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers and even surfers as training.
If the wind is too moderate or when the waves are too low, you can still enjoy the water and have a good workout. It also ensures that you stay in shape.
Paddle boarding is an accessible sport
Whether you’re sporty or not, paddle boarding is always possible. Never been on a surfboard, wakeboard, kiteboard or waterski?
No problem! Paddle boarding is the most accessible water sport and even if you’re not sporty, you’ll see that it’s quite simple.
Of course it is possible that you get a wet suit the first time. However, after a few falls in the water you will find your balance on your favorite paddle board and will be able to tour around.
Paddle boarding is possible (almost) everywhere
Besides the fact that Stand Up Paddle boarding is for all levels, you can also do it on any type of water.
Would you like to tour quietly to enjoy nature? Then a lake or a puddle of water is perfect.
Tip: Did you know that on many paddle boards you are able to take your child, partner or even dog with you?
The more dynamic waters such as a sea or river are a little more difficult. The waves in the UK are never very powerful so this should be possible fairly quickly.
Do you want to take the paddle board on holiday? Then, as a beginner, find a slightly quieter area. Still, you will quickly get used to it.
This ensures that paddle boarding can actually be done on any type of water, and there is always a place somewhere in the neighborhood that is suitable for paddle boarding.
Paddle boarding is possible all year round
Paddleboarding probably makes you think of paddling in the lovely warm sun, in your swimsuit, with the rays of sunshine that shine on the water and give you a tan.
However, paddle boarding can also be done very well with colder temperatures. In fact, there are people who enjoy going out paddle boarding in the freezing cold.
You do need some extra supplies to be able to paddle board safely in cold temperatures.
So have you – just like me – completely fallen in love with the sport? Then climb on your board when it’s colder, that’s a wonderful experience too.
Paddle boarding is for every type of user
In recent years there have been a lot of alternatives for the standard paddle board.
Are you for example a fan of Yoga and do you sometimes want something else than to lie on a mat in a gym?
Then try paddle board yoga. This form of yoga has become very popular in recent years.
Do you like fishing on the water or windsurfing more? Then I have good news for you too: there is a paddle board for that!
A paddle board is practical
We talked about why paddle boarding is so great, but let’s not forget the practical things. A short list with the reasons why an (inflatable) paddle board is also very practical:
- Easy to store
- Easy to transport (can even be carried in an airplane)
- A lot cheaper than other water sports
Do you own a paddle board yet or are you planning to start paddle boarding in the future?
Let me know in the comments below and perhaps we could exchange tips or even go out on a paddle board together!
Frequently Asked Questions about buying a paddle board
What is paddle boarding, and why has it become so popular?
Paddle boarding is a water sport where you stand on a board and use a paddle to propel yourself through the water. It has become popular for several reasons, including its accessibility, full-body workout benefits, and the ability to enjoy it in various types of water.
Is paddle boarding a good workout?
Yes, paddle boarding provides an excellent full-body workout. It engages your core muscles for balance and strengthens your arms, legs, and back while paddling. It’s a fun way to stay active and burn calories.
Can anyone try paddle boarding, even if they are not sporty or have no prior experience with water sports?
Absolutely! Paddle boarding is one of the most accessible water sports. Even if you’ve never tried other water activities like surfing or wakeboarding, you can learn to paddle board relatively quickly. It’s beginner-friendly, and you’ll find your balance with practice.
Where can I go paddle boarding?
Paddle boarding can be done on various types of water, including lakes, rivers, seas, and even calm puddles. It’s a versatile sport that can be enjoyed in different settings. Many paddle boards also allow you to bring a partner, child, or even a dog along for the ride.
Can I go paddle boarding all year round, even in cold weather?
Yes, you can paddle board year-round, even in colder temperatures. With the right gear and precautions, such as appropriate clothing and safety equipment, you can enjoy paddle boarding in various weather conditions.
Are there different types of paddle boards for specific activities?
Yes, there are paddle boards designed for various activities. For example, there are paddle boards for yoga, fishing, windsurfing, and more. You can choose a board that suits your preferred water activity.
What are some practical benefits of owning a (inflatable) paddle board?
Owning a paddle board, especially an inflatable one, offers practical advantages. It’s easy to store, transport (even on airplanes), and is generally more affordable than other water sports equipment. Additionally, most paddle boards are lightweight and user-friendly.
Can paddle boarding be used as a training activity for other water sports like sailing or windsurfing?
Yes, paddle boarding is often used as a training activity for other water sports such as sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and even surfing. It helps develop balance, strength, and water confidence, making it a valuable cross-training option.