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The new ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board is a beauty!

The new ISLE Lotus Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board is a beauty!

The new Isle Surf & SUP newsletter spotlights their new fitness and yoga friendly board and they do it in a very presentable way. The newsletter is beautifully designed for a beautifully designed SUP. The new Lotus is an advancement to it’s predecessor the well […]

The cheapest iSUP around! Goplus Inflatable 10′ Cruiser SUP StandUp Paddle Board on Amazon

The cheapest iSUP around! Goplus Inflatable 10′ Cruiser SUP StandUp Paddle Board on Amazon

This Goplus SUP board is one of the most stable inflatable standup paddle board for people of all skill levels. Measures 10’x30″x6″ when inflated & is just as firm & stable as other SUPs, can be rolled up into compact package for easy transport and […]

New Kawasaki Jet Ski Inflatable Paddleboard by Tower Paddle Boards

New Kawasaki Jet Ski Inflatable Paddleboard by Tower Paddle Boards

Tower Paddleboards just introduced the Kawasaki Jet Ski® Watercraft Edition, an inflatable 9’10” paddle board designed with a heavy duty tow hook under the nose. Perfect to tie up and tow behind your boat or Jet Ski for ultimate fun in the water.

Kawasaki and Tower just inked the deal! Now, as an exclusive Tower insider, you can get one of the first boards off the production line. What’s more, Tower is offering you 10% off if you buy now as this is a pre-order (buy now, pay now for August/September delivery). The first production batch is very likely to sell out quickly so this may be your only opportunity to get one at all in 2017!

You can see more pictures of the Kawasaki Jet Ski Tower Inflatable Paddleboard here and buy here.

Tower Kawasaki Inflatable

Stranded at Fyre Festival

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On Netflix: ‘Radical’, the controversial saga of a Brazilian anti-hero surfer

On Netflix: ‘Radical’, the controversial saga of a Brazilian anti-hero surfer

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9 good reasons why you should practice Stand Up Paddleboarding this summer

Looking for an easy and fun activity on which you can be successful on the first try? Looking to get out of the house for a physical activity that is easy and affordable? Looking for an activity that won’t get you bored after the first try?

Then look no further than paddleboarding. You can paddle at any body of water close to you. You might have already see people paddling at the closest lake, river or ocean, so don’t waste time, join them with an easy to carry and store inflatable paddleboard.

 

  1. It’s so easy to get started and be able to stand up
    On the first day of practice, the person is already rowing, standing, and enjoying. This modality of board sport allows anyone to “master” it use it on the first day, and from that point on, only evolves.
  2. Age range for practice
    Paddling can be practiced by women, men, children, from the age group of 4 to 64 years or more, and without any physical preparation. Our intention in this site is to make available to non-sports people, non-athletes, everyday people the initiation in a simply fascinating mode.
  3. An exciting and fascinating sport
    For those who hate a gym floor, SUP is love at first sight, you can paddle with friends, relatives, even alone, all while performing an aerobic and complete sport.
  4. Discovering new places
    People have no idea how fascinating places are right around us. Not everyone tends to explore, but with a SUP practice, for every place you look, you will wonder why it took you so long to practice the sport. Standuppaddle usually gives you a different view that what you are used to. You can see your local beach from the water at the swimmers level. You can see your local river and lake from a point view that you are not used to and take in all that beautiful scenario.
  5. Very high caloric burn
    Because it works on a moving surface (water), paddling demands of the practitioner, a work of constant balance. Even the beginning person or the most experienced person has to keep the legs and abdomen contracted for the maintenance of balance. I clarify, that it is not difficult to stand, but there is a work of the whole body, feet, legs, abdomen, arms. It helps you get rid of those unwanted calories in a very easy way.
  6. SUP helps with a faster recovery from injuries
    SUP is recommended for strengthening ankles, knees, as there is no impact, however, the ankle musculature, and knees are required permanently, since it happens on a moving surface.
  7. Contact with nature
    Stand up paddle allows for direct contact with nature. In lakes, dams and rivers it is a contemplative sport, and demands ecological awareness. Practicing SUP in rivers is exciting, but would be much cooler if there were cleaner rivers for rowing. Hence the awakening to the preservation of the nature.
  8. Very low fixed cost
    After the acquisition of a SUP board, there is no fixed maintenance. One constant complaint from rich people that have boats or horses, is the expensive maintenance of their sporting practice. Not that it’s not worth the money, but the SUP is a sport of low fixed cost, and such fact should count as a positive point for the practice of the sport.
  9. Can be practiced on several levels
    SUPing is similar to surfing, but the beginning is immediate. People are successful in practicing on the first day. You do not have to be an athlete, or a professional. A lot of people dream about surfing however, 90% of people give up at the beginning. It is a difficult sport to be practiced at first because it takes a long time to catch the first wave. Similarly, surfing is not like riding a bike, because a month without physical activity, you (weekend surfer), might not catch waves.
NSW cops in Australia on Inflatable Paddle Boards

NSW cops in Australia on Inflatable Paddle Boards

The Inertia has published a picture that shows Australias NSW police force on Inflatable Paddle Boards. The picture had been posted on their Facebook page. The photo appeared on the New South Wales Police Force Facebook page a few days ago with “Heading to work […]

Tower Paddleboards has a great promo going: returned paddleboards for half the price

Tower Paddleboards has a great promo going: returned paddleboards for half the price

Tower Paddleboards has a great promo going for used paddle boards. These are returned paddle boards that had some cosmetic issues and after returned were air tested, so they are guaranteed your fun for a much cheaper price! The promo is for grab bag boards, […]

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: How To Get Started

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) provides a nice and relaxing way to have fun on the water. With little equipment you can paddle on the ocean, lakes and rivers. Have fun with a group of friends, explore beautiful areas and see undiscovered points of views. SUP is also an exercise for the whole body and so it has become a cross-training activity. Moreover, once you practice the sport of standing on a board, you can enjoy unique views, of marine animals to a fantastic and unforgettable horizon.

This article lists the basic equipment for practicing SUP and techniques for you to get started. Remembering that good professionals and specialized SUP schools are part of this initiation.

1) SUP equipment

Good news: you just need some key equipment to enjoy the sport.

1 – Stand Up Paddle Board: This is the most significant investment. Sizes vary depending on the weight and experience of the rower.

2 – Paddle: To start choose a paddle that is 15cm to 20cm taller than you (important: some manufacturers recommend that this difference be of 20 to 25cm). Over time and with a good technique developed, you will know the best size.

3 – Leash: this is a very important equipment for the practice of both SUP and surfing as it is a safety equipment that will keep the board always attached to you if you fall in the water.

4 – Individual flotation equipment: Some places classify SUP as vessels, so in such cases it is important to always wear a vest if it is in navigable and supervised waters;

5 – Appropriate clothing: For cold climates where hypothermia is cause for concern, wear neoprene clothing. In warmer climates, wear shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear – something that offers mobility and that stays practical even wet;

6 – Sunscreen: wear protective clothing and sunglasses.

 

Drawing of a guy standing on a paddleboard with a paddlle in his hands.

2) Climbing on the board:

1- When you are new to the sport, it is best to start in calm waters that are free of obstacles. In the beginning, you may find it easier to get on your knees instead of standing. Here are the steps to get you started:

2- Standing beside the board in shallow water, place your paddle across the board, with the shovel in the water;

3- Hold the board by the edges. One hand can hold the paddle;

4- Climb on the board and initially knee or sit a little behind the center of the board;

5- From this position on your knees, have a sense of the balance point of the board. The nose (tip of the board) should not stand up and the tail of the board (back) should not be submerged.

6- Keep your hands out on both sides to stabilize the board;

7- When you are ready, stand on the board step by step. Put your feet where your knees were. You can also count on a friend to stabilize the board while you get up and stand on it.

Techniques on the water:

These rookie postures maintain your balance while you are standing on the board.

1) Your feet should be parallel. Do not stand on the edges of the board.

2) Your toes should be pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight;

3) Maintain balance with your hips, not with your upper body;

4) Keep your head and shoulders stiff and straight, project your weight by moving your hips;

5) Your gaze should be focused on the horizon, avoid looking at your feet;

6) Just like riding a bike, when your forward thrust increases, your stability increases as well.

7) When you’re comfortable with the board swing in calm waters, it’s time to take a larger path, where the fun really begins.

Our Friends at paddle board Lanai show how to carry your SUP.

Some notes on the basic paddling technique:

1) If you are paddling to your right, your right hand should be further down the paddle and your left hand at the top of the paddle.
2) Keep your arms straight. You have more strength in the abdominal muscles than in your arms;
3) Apply force downwards by leaning on the end of the paddle;
4) Push the paddle of the entire paddle underwater, pull it up to your ankle and then out of the water;
5) At first, keep your paddles short and close to the board, there is no need to use more force than necessary;
6) A little effort at the beginning of the paddling will keep you moving forward;
7) To advance in a straight line, row four or five times on one side to then switch to another side;
8) When changing sides, change the position of hands.

Making curves on a SUP:

There are many ways to change your boards direction easily.
1) Simply paddle on one side until the “nose of the board” turns in the direction you want to go. Want to go right? Paddle to your left. Want to go left? Row to your right;
2) A faster way to turn or reverse direction is to simply hold the paddle behind the board, in the water, on either side;
With a long row from the beginning to the end of the board;

Other tips: Taking a step back or looking over your shoulder toward your turning also helps when making a conversion; Another trick that works well, especially in surfing, is paddling on your dominant side (left foot in front, right paddling). Bend your knees well and put more weight on your back foot. This allows the board to turn quickly.

When falling in the water:

Stand up Paddle is relatively easy to learn, but expect to fall while learning. Tips for these inevitable moments:
Look sideways so that you fall into the water and not your surfboard. Falling on the board is more likely to cause accidents.
If you separate from your board and your paddle, go to the board first and paddle with your hands to retrieve the paddle.

Common Starter Errors:

These mistakes are easy to make when starting out. Try to avoid them and you will have more fun:
1) Hunchback posture. Keep your spine erect and shoulders level;
2) Look at the feet instead of the horizon; Look straight not down.
3) Have both hands on the oar shaft. Your support hand should be on top of the paddle, on the handle;
4) Stand with straight knees. It is easier to balance with bent knees.

Next steps on Stand Up Paddle:

Once you master the basics, there are practically no limits to what you can exploit with your board. Play the waves and the sea, make turns and learn new ways to paddle. You will find yourself wanting a smaller board and more maneuverable as you become more experienced.

Valentine’s Day Paddle Board Promos and Tours

Many SUP stores have good promos going for Valentines Day. There are deals to purchase two stand up paddle boars, there are paddle tours for 2 for 1 prices. There are special paddle cruises for couples, etc… Paddle boarding activities are the perfect activity for […]