Paddleboard trainingOne of the most recent types of sports to hit Europe is stand up paddleboard, a sport where you go to the beach, a river or a lake and basically try to keep your balance on something that is more or less an inflatable air mattress. Of course you then have a paddle in your hands to help you keep the balance a little bit. For many this is actually pretty much what the first 5 minutes on a paddleboard feels like. But once you start to get the hang of it, it's actually pretty fun. Even though it may look a bit to relaxing for some, you should give it a try. It might surprise you and be more challenging than one might think.
What is so great about standup paddle boards?For many people it gives them the same experience as when they are paddleing a cano or kayak on the water, a feeling of relaxation and being one with the nature. Seeing nature from a different angel. It's (most of the time) a very relaxing and chill sport which makes it attractive for many people who doesn't want to do hard sports like football or running. It takes a little practive to get started, but once you got that initial experience it's actually a pretty easy sport. Of course you can make it much harder by going out in more rough weather, but most prefer to use a stand up paddleboard when the weather is nice and quiet. See more about stand up paddleboards here at Uhrdal
Types of standup paddleboardsThere are many different types of paddleboards. There are the classic hardboard, which is more or less like the surf board you know from movies. Then we have the new inflatable paddleboards which are much easier to carry around, transport in your car, and best of all, they are much less expensive than a traditional hardboard. You can get a cheap standup paddleboard for alittle above 200$, and a good quality one for about twice that price. There are also different models with different shapes and length depending on what you need to use the paddleboard for. Some are great for newcommers are they are more stable and thereby easier to keep the balance on, but you get that stability on the cost of performance. So a board with a good balance typical isn't as fast and as manoeuvrable. A fast board is usually slimer and longer, but harder to keep the balance on if you don't have much paddleboard experience. This is why many start out on a wide beginner or all around paddleboard, and a year later when they have a bunch of experience move on to a faster model. At least if you use it a lot. Many who just use it 6-10 times a year will normally be quite happy with the all around board, and have no need for a faster touring board. You can already consider selling your all around board later and get a faster one, should you get hooked on paddleboarding and want something better.
Who can train paddleboarding?Standup paddleboarding is for all, and I mean all. From a 3 year old child to his 90 year old great grandfather. I have seem them all on a standup paddleboard. As long as you consider safety and dont go out into rough water or bad weather, remember your safety west and don't paddle alone, then it'a really safe sport that anyone can easily practice and enjoy. Often I see a whole family taking a trip down the river together, and this is most likely one of the best uses of standup paddleboards. It's the perfect thing for having the whole family do something active together and give them all a great experience. So if you are renting a cabin near a lake for the really, you really should consider bring a pair of paddleboards with you, I am sure it will be something you will get to use a lot there. It's fun for the whole family and something you can do together.
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