Paddle Boarding

conor78

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I’ve been listening to quite a few M Sissons interviews recently and he raves about paddle boarding. Anyone here do it? Experiences and advice??
 

Oscar

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It's a lot of fun!

I learned to do it at a calm beach with long small waves and loved it.

Didnt like it so much for cruising but maybe because I wasnt used to it.
 

Jacques van der Merwe

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'SUP! OK... apologies for that, could not not resist. ;)

Paddleboarding is awesome! I cannot recommend it enough. We have plenty of lakes and rivers here in Switzerland to paddleboard on. I like the exploring aspect of it, finding little nooks and private beaches that you cannot normally access on foot, that kind of thing. It's a great workout as well. The last time I was out I was trying out a "hardstyle" method of paddling. So basically a vertical hardstyle plank, but with a paddling action. :D

I used to rent, but ended up buying one. I you want some advice in the department let me know.
 

conor78

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Great guys, I have a lake beside me and I’m going to get a few lessons. Is it something you could continue into the autumn winter??
 

wespom9

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I find it fun, we have a cabin at a lake and I do it periodically. I just like being on the water, whether its boating, kayak/canoe or SUP
 

Steve Freides

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Folks, I've never paddleboarded - is there any reason to prefer it to a more traditional thing like canoeing? I saved my pennies and bought a canoe when I was about 14 years old and used it a lot during my high school years.

-S-
 

offwidth

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Depends on what you are doing it for.
Canoeing is great, especially for backwater travel and camping. Plus good for taking along people with you.
Paddlboarding is great. Good workout, from the balance aspect of it. Fun as all get-out in surf. Today's high end inflatable paddle boards are highly portable and easier to transport than a canoe or kayak. They are however, in essence a single person vehicle, and limited in carrying capacity. Although there have been some pretty big trips and crossings done on a SUP.
 

Anna C

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Canoeing feels fuddy duddy to me. Way too far away from the water.
Kayaking is awesome, efficient, and fun.
Paddleboarding is fun and challenging. You can also get in many different positions on the board -- standing, kneeling, sitting, lying down... that you can't in a kayak.
 

offwidth

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Canoeing feels fuddy duddy to me. Way too far away from the water.
Kayaking is awesome, efficient, and fun.
Paddleboarding is fun and challenging. You can also get in many different positions on the board -- standing, kneeling, sitting, lying down... that you can't in a kayak.
Plus... there is paddle board yoga (for those so inclined...)
 

ali

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Done SUP once. enjoyed it and want to do it again.
Surprisingly easy to get up and do with limited instruction, ie none. The instructor basically said well stand up and paddle. Nice work if you can get it I suppose.
I realise there is a lot more to it than that and felt a little short changed at the 2 hour plus instruction that I bought which largely featured details of how to put on a wet suit properly. Yeah, confident to go and buy one of those inflatable things and get out there though.
That's the beauty of being a well rounded athletic beast that many here are....you can just do these things pretty easily. I saw many 20 and 30 somethings never get off their arse because they couldn't and those that did fell in.
I proudly and, rather smugly, floated elegantly by, whistling.
 

mprevost

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Folks, I've never paddleboarded - is there any reason to prefer it to a more traditional thing like canoeing? I saved my pennies and bought a canoe when I was about 14 years old and used it a lot during my high school years.

-S-
Paddleboarding is more of a whole body effort. You have to dig your feet in and brace really strongly every time you dig in with the paddle. It's hard to describe exactly but you feel it from your neck to your toes with each paddle stroke. Really, really good whole body workout. You get a push and a pull simultaneously, along with strong core bracing. Plus great balance work. I did lots of distance paddling for 3-4 years. I was out for 3-4 hours paddling hard some days. I was also weightlifting and running. It did not seem to interfere with the weight training much.
 

Benen_Karski

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I just went out and bought a used paddle board for cheap a few months ago. Had some dings and dents on it, but like some have said here, I just like being on the water and have always picked up on any water sports/sports pretty quickly. I had never paddle boarded before buying one for $190 and I didn't have trouble getting up my first time, but it is a good workout and portable and if you have a friend or spouse that has one too, it can be really fun to go out and paddle around and spend the day. Grew up with kayaks and can say that paddle boarding is a much better full body workout just due to the fact that your standing. I recommend it, and you probably don't need to pay for lessons. Sometimes the best and most fun way to learn is failing anyway.

I've never seen one of these inflatable ones? What's the deal with those? Does it make it easier or harder?
 

offwidth

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I just went out and bought a used paddle board for cheap a few months ago. Had some dings and dents on it, but like some have said here, I just like being on the water and have always picked up on any water sports/sports pretty quickly. I had never paddle boarded before buying one for $190 and I didn't have trouble getting up my first time, but it is a good workout and portable and if you have a friend or spouse that has one too, it can be really fun to go out and paddle around and spend the day. Grew up with kayaks and can say that paddle boarding is a much better full body workout just due to the fact that your standing. I recommend it, and you probably don't need to pay for lessons. Sometimes the best and most fun way to learn is failing anyway.

I've never seen one of these inflatable ones? What's the deal with those? Does it make it easier or harder?
If you are going to be surfing in serious waves, or are planning on doing some racing, or big crossings, I would consider going rigid.
If you are just out for fun and some exercise, then the inflatable ones will work very well. (That being said, I heard of some guy doing the Colorado River on an inflatable...)
 

Benen_Karski

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If you are going to be surfing in serious waves, or are planning on doing some racing, or big crossings, I would consider going rigid.
If you are just out for fun and some exercise, then the inflatable ones will work very well. (That being said, I heard of some guy doing the Colorado River on an inflatable...)
Ok that's what I figured. I like my old, slick, rigid board and don't plan on changing anytime soon. Seems more diverse. Thanks for clarifying
 

PeterBoncina

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I’ve been listening to quite a few M Sissons interviews recently and he raves about paddle boarding. Anyone here do it? Experiences and advice??
Paddleboarding really is fun indeed, I tryed it out on our trip to the Slovenian alps. They took us to a lake in the middle of the mountains and showed us how to do it, and I must say it's really easy. It's a perfect sport if you do it someplace nice. Here is the company's link if you ever stumble there. Www.bovecpaddleboarding.com
 
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