Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)

Stand up paddle board has its origin in Hawaii, where all the board sports had emerged. Stand up paddle board also known as Hoe he’e nalu. Stand up paddle boards offers you a fun way to play on the water. It has a good benefit of full body workout. Before you get on the water for the first time, you must know a little about SUP. The important element of the stand up paddle boarding is SUP, paddle, leashes and bags. The borders used to stand on their boards and use the paddle to move through the water.

Stand up paddle board

Paddle boards are available in all shapes and size. There are different types of paddle boards are available in the market and you can buy according to the purpose. The types: All around SUPS, Inflatable SUPS, Fishing SUPS, Yoga SUPS, Touring SUPS, Surf SUPS and Race SUPS.

Most of the paddle boards are made of epoxy and fibreglass wrapped around an EPS foam core with several fins to help the board track in the water. It covers with heat laminated HDFC foam deck w/full graphics and HDPF slick bottom. Boards are available in a vast range of sizes, style and prices, and some specific boards are designed for flat water recreation, river, lake and ocean racing, fishing, long distance touring, surfing.

Some boards are made of woods, but it is expensive and hard to use. Most of the paddle boards are eco-friendly and make it longer lasting boards. The hastily growing design and production enterprise have sprung up around this versatile new sport. The wider, longer and thicker board has more volume. The high volume board gives more stability on the water.

The Paddle

Paddles are the most important element in standup paddle board. Without the paddle, you can’t move the sand up board on the water. A stand up paddle is used to move the board across the water while standing on the stand up paddle board. The stand up paddles come in a variety of constructions including plastic or fibreglass, wood and carbon fibre.

The paddle comprises of a blade, shaft and handle. A stand up paddle has a blade on one end connecting to a handle on the other end by a long smooth shaft. The common principle is that the paddle must be anywhere between 4 to 7 inches taller than the paddler. Paddles are designed specifically for stand up paddlers; they are comfortable, durable and meet the highest standards. The blade on the paddle is usually bent at a slight angle to the shaft to allow for more forward reach when taking a stroke.

Leashes

A SUP leash perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment that connect you to your board. Leashes come in a variety of sizes. The rule is to use the leash around the same size or slighter smaller than the board. For any paddler, these leashes can mean the difference between life and death. If you find yourself exhausted and far from shore, the leash will keep your board within your reach if you fall in. Always wear a leash. In waves, the leash also protects others from being hit by your board.

Transporting the Paddle Board

Paddle boards are large and it is little difficult to get your paddle board to the sea. Some boards are small enough to fit inside of your car. Most are not. Unless you are lucky enough to be walking distance to water, you may require racks, pads and webbing straps for getting the stand up board to the water.

  • You can carry the board in the shoulder. Holding the paddle in one hand and life the board from the ground to balance on your shoulder. To place the board back down, just do it in a reverse order.
  • Every stand up paddle boards have a handle in the centre, you can use the handle to lift and carry it to the water without any difficulties.

 

  • Car racks are best to fit the board in any vehicle. If your vehicle already has a rack system, you can just use the straps to tie the board to the existing hard rack. You can fit the board in the car by using this car rack. Some racks may have locking facility to protect the board.

  • Bags are a common tool to carry the board. While you are travelling, you can use the bag to carry the board.

 

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