In this edition of the Beach Lodges Blog, our guest blogger Anthony from Sorted shares his passion for Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Like many other watersports, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life for many. There is something about paddling into a sunset or around rocks and cliffs that most other water crafts cannot get close enough too, that is not only invigorating, but also breathtaking. The feeling of the sun on your skin and sea air in your lungs is infectious. The beauty is that paddle boarding can be enjoyed in a variety of disciplines, SUP Surfing, Racing, touring or just a casual SUP. A casual SUP burns on average twice as much as a casual paced walk that equates to around 350-400kcal per hour, not to mention the goodness for your mind.
SUP surfing is an ever growing discipline within the paddle boarding community, but my advice would be to build experience and skill on a surfboard then move those skills on it a paddle board, this will ensure you get the most out of your board and keep yourself and others around you safe. The SUP market is currently flooded with boards to suit every kind of budget, discipline and taste, but again my advice would be to speak to your local surf shop and try and use as many boards as you can. Although most paddle boards are similar size in their lengths and widths, a lot of boards will behave differently under your feet depending on many aspects like nose shape, tail shape and fin placements.
Whether you are a new paddle boarder or seasoned veteran there are still a few things to remember to ensure your safety, never paddle board on your own, always stick to life guarded beaches and always wear your leg rope (Leash).
Here at Sorted Surf School we run a paddle board lessons for any one over the age of 8. Lessons are important not only for safety but also technique as injuries are prone to people using the equipment incorrectly or from a wrong technique. To find out more or to book a lesson, click here.