Paddle boarding is a unique activity for your entire body. Not only is it fun to do with your friends and family, but itís beneficial to your own personal health as well. Below, are the top benefits of stand up paddle boarding that you can take advantage of. From helping improve your balance to providing a space for meditation, thereís more to paddle boarding that meets the eye.
Paddleboarding is a unique aquatic sport that combines strength exercise with a calming pace. Your child may want to try the sport, especially if you are already actively paddleboarding yourself or if you've let them enjoy an occasional ride on the bow of your board. It could seem complicated and difficult for some kids, but they can enjoy this sport with just a little bit of practice, patience, and encouragement. To get you started, we've got three helpful tips to get your kids excited for paddleboarding.
Transporting Stand Up Paddle Boards presents some unique challenges. Because of their shape and length, Hardboards donít transport easily. If you donít want to deflate and re-inflate your inflatable SUP every trip, it will also be difficult to take from point A to point B. Although at first glance stand up paddle boards look easy to transport, their long and flat shape actually makes them act like wings when strapped to the roof of a moving vehicle.
As the hot days of summer are upon us, it's the perfect time to try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) - an activity that has swept the nation over the past few years. Standing on what can be best described as an elongated surfboard, participants use a paddle to propel themselves across the water. The activity is inclusive, easy for anyone to try, master quickly, and have a blast while doing it. Not to mention, paddleboarding is good for your mind and body in so many ways. If you are looking for an activity that is not only fun but also has a variety of health benefits, paddleboarding is for you!
Posted by Airhead SUP on 7/6/2018
What is whitewater SUP?
Whitewater stand-up paddle boarding is relatively new, smashing together elements of surfing, kayaking and rafting into one extreme sport.
Whitewater SUP is growing, and itís a great way to get out on the water if you are bored of flat water SUP. Keep in mind it is also very dangerous and must be done right or you risk getting hurt. Here are some great tips for getting out on the river the first time!
Posted by Airhead SUP on 6/21/2018
If we were to head to the beach right now, we would see people swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and stand up paddleboarding. In fact, stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is a fun recreational activity that many people are doing no matter the body of water, which means you might see some on the lake, in the rivers, or even in the ocean.
While so many people are busy enjoying this SUP adventure, there are people like us that are wondering whether this activity is here to stay. I mean, the equipment is not cheap. It makes sense that many people want to ensure that this isnít just a fad before they invest hundreds of dollars into an activity.
Luckily, this article has everything you need to know about stand up paddling and whether it is an activity that will last a lifetime. Here are a few facts you should know about before you start buying equipment.
Learn everything you need to know about staying safe on the water this summer, thanks to this series of paddling safety infographics by the American Canoe Association (ACA)!
Summer is here, which means itís time to get outside and enjoy the sun and water on our stand up paddleboards (SUPs). For anyone who loves their SUP - this is the best season. Although we donít need any excuses to spend more time on them, some of you may not have thought about one of the best ways you can use a SUP: on a date!
Whatís the right SUP board for you? That all depends on what youíd like to do with it...
The shape of a stand up paddleboard (a.k.a SUP) is one of the most important characteristics that differentiate it from surfboards. Paddleboards come in a variety of shapes that affect the way the board handles and performs in the water. Each shape is designed specifically for catering to particular SUP specializations.
Whether you're planning to learn SUP yoga, train for a race, or just hit the water for a relaxing paddle with friends, your first step is to choose the right board to maximize your board performance. That might mean youíre looking for speed/efficiency or maximum stability or superior maneuverability.
With the popularity of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), many are asking what kind of life jacket laws and other requirements have become part of this newly-exploding popular sport. Since the SUP is considered a vessel and not a surfboard, there are some things that we want you to be aware of before heading out to your favorite lake, river, bay or ocean.
By: Airhead SUP Ambassador, Chad LaChance
There is a progression in angling. It starts innocently enough with standing on the side of the lake, casting out from one spot and hoping a fish comes by and makes your day. As we grow as anglers, we start moving around the bank more, sampling casting spots until we find one that our target fish apparently prefer on that day. We also begin to notice that our tackle needs to be mobile along with us, and at the same time, our tackle has also grown in volume; we have more stuff to carry to match our angling situations, and we are strategically looking for fish. If the old saying is true that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water, good anglers will seek out that 10%.
Stand up paddleboarding is rising in popularity across the country among individuals of all ages. An inflatable SUP (iSUP) can be used on a variety of bodies of water, whether you desire easy access or a more remote location. An iSUP adventure can also range from a relaxing and serene float across the pond to a thrilling balancing act on waves. Whether you choose to take your new iSUP out on an isolated, calm lake on a sunny day or brave the rapids on a river run, we want your experience to be a safe and enjoyable one. Safety on the water is essential to enjoying your next outing.
By: Airhead SUP Ambassador, Kimberly Ciesla
Itís that time of year again. Itís that time of year when youíve decided that youíve had enough of the cold wintry weather and you find yourself constantly daydreaming of warmer summer days spent at the beach and on the water. But as you look out your window at the constantly changing, unpredictable weather of early spring, you think to yourself ďHow can I prepare myself for the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Season when Mother Nature isnít cooperating?Ē
While the weather isnít quite warm enough to hit the water, it is the perfect time to take an assessment of your gear as well as your overall health and well being.
With winter on the home stretch and spring right around the corner, what a great time to get out your iSUP and find a great place to paddle. Even though there still may be a bit of a chill in the northern part of the world, there is still plenty of sunshine to welcome you with open arms.
The great thing about an iSUP is how easy they are to travel with. Rolling them up in a duffle bag that can easily be checked at the airline makes life less chaotic for the standup paddleboarder. Now be sure to research the rules of whichever destination you choose when it comes to paddle boarding, you donít want to show up unprepared.
If you own an inflatable board or several, you know that the right inflatable paddle board pump will make getting ready to go out more enjoyable as well as easier. Because paddle boards need a higher level of inflation, a bicycle pump that you have in the garage may not be usable; as experts in inflatable boards and accessories, we have the right sup board pump for all conditions and budgets.
It's easy enough to set out on a SUP adventure without over-planning things, but be sure you're paddling smart too. Here are 9 important safety tips that you should review and keep in mind every time you plan to hit the water.
There are several good reasons to keep a leash at the top of your paddle boarding accessories list.
By: Airhead SUP Ambassador, Chad LaChance
I once heard fly fishing described as dancing with fish, and while that may be a bit of a stretch, there is no denying that pursuing fish with fly tackle is more, say, graceful than with conventional gear. There is a certain rhythm, flow, and timing to casting a fly and when done well, the cast is a thing of of effortless beauty. I donít know about you, but in my mind many of those same fluffy adjectives also come to mind about stand-up paddleboarding, so it stands to reason that the two activities would pair well. After a few years of fly fishing from iSUPís I can say unequivocally that they do in fact compliment each other in a way that should be experienced.
Although, in the beginning, you might find yourself in the water more than on the board itself, once mastered, spending an afternoon on a stand up paddle board can be a truly relaxing and peaceful experience. Whether lake or ocean bound, in no time at all with the sun at your back and feet solidly planted on your board, those early days of surprise splash-downs will be but a distant memory.
By: Airhead SUP Ambassador, Kimberly Ciesla
So youíve had some time to get well acquainted with your new iSUP, practicing the beginner basics and honing in on your skills while using SUP safety tips. Now youíre ready for your first real SUP adventure and you will need to have the right SUP Gear. Weíve compiled a quick little check list to help you get started with the basics and to get you quickly on your way for your first iSUP adventure day trip.
Over the past several years, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has seen a surge in popularity, and it's easy to see why. It's simple enough for adults of all ages to do and can be a great way to exercise your core and balance while having fun in the water.
Before you grab your paddleboard and head out to the lake or ocean, there are a few accessories that you should definitely consider getting. Below are some of our recommendations to get you pointed in the right direction of the best accessories for paddleboards.
Winter has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. That means days are shorter and a whole lot colder. For skiers, itís great news. But itís not so good for those who love the standup paddleboard (iSUP). However, thereís no need to wait until spring or summer to hit the water. Why not travel to where itís warm and soak up some rays? What is more, iSUPs are a breeze to travel with. They are easy to check at the airport and they actually roll up into a duffel bag. (Be sure to check out our Top Tips for Easy Air Travel with Your iSUP too).
The best things in life are free. Free from problems, hassles, and fears, that is. The best way to ensure a great day of paddle boarding is to plan ahead. Once you have chosen the best style of board for your activity of choice, having the right stand up paddle board accessories is crucial. There are accessories for paddle boards that offer convenience, utility, and safety.
Taking the time and effort by following a few simple steps in cleaning, restoring and surface prepping your board will help to prevent premature wear, keep your board in top condition for peak performance as well as keeping it bright, shiny and looking like new!
If you're hitting the water for the first time this season, you may have several questions on how to stay safe, take good care of your board, how to stand & paddle correctly, and most importantly how to have fun. We asked Airhead SUP ambassador, Kim Ciesla, to help walk you through some of the basics.