Stand up paddle boarding might be a sport you have come across before, but ever since 2010 it has done nothing but grow. In fact it has grown directly off the back of surf boarding. Ever since the 1970’s surfboarding has been on the rise and as a direct result a few decades later stand up paddle boarding has grown immensely. From 1.1 million active boarders in 2010, the numbers in 2015 grew to over 3 million.
To understand why this is the case we have to look at who takes part in this recreational activity. The largest age group that actively participates are 35-44 year olds closely followed by 25-34 year olds. Essentially as the 90’s surf crew begins to feel the strain on their knees they tend to turn to a more relaxing version of their beloved sport. 45-54 year olds and 55+ year old paddle boarders actually are more plentiful than 18-24 year olds, as the youthful sporting types prefer to go for surfing.
Although surfing isn’t necessarily bad for the knees, after the age of 35 the lower body and core strength starts to dwindle unless you are constantly undertaking regular exercise to keep the muscles to a point where you can continue surfing. Stand up paddle boarding offers a more relaxing alternative that older individuals can partake in without too much strain on the joints and muscles.
Whilst surfing requires you to tackle the waves head on paddle boarding offers you the healthy choice of a relaxing puddle in the sun, with the option to tackle the waves with the assistance of the paddle, something that a veteran surfer should have no trouble doing.
With participants of the sport up year on year between 15 and 20 percent for the past five years, it might be time to investigate the sport and look into the range of 2017 best stand up paddle boards that are available online.
As the sports gains popularity especially in America (but pretty much anywhere with a warm tropical climate and beaches) 2017 will undoubtedly see a rise in the number of users again. Australia as one of the capitals of surfing as well as tropical climates and beautiful pristine beaches, has also seen a rise in the popularity of stand up paddle boarding.
If you are curious about the cost involved in taking up the sport, it isn’t that great. For a starter kit a board and a paddle can cost anything from $350+, but that’s it, the only other cost involved is getting yourself to the beach. Weather permitting you won’t even need a wet suit, but even if you do they range from $100. To make the experience even more awesome we personally would recommend a Go Pro camera. These come with waterproof cases and can be mounted on the front of the board, either pointing at yourself or at where you are going. Most car roof racks will accommodate the transporting of a paddle board and oar too. This is a sport we can definitely recommend, even if you aren’t a skilled surfer, looking for something less arduous, if you are looking for a recourse of relaxing mild exercise this could be the perfect activity for you this summer.