Paddleboarding has become one of the most popular water sports in the world during the last decade. During the 1940s in the Hawaiian Islands, surf teachers would stand on surfboards to better view their pupils. Paddleboarding may be dated back to this time. Currently, SUPs are being utilized by many individuals in various methods to access the water. People are taking up stand-up paddleboarding because of the wide range of activities that can be done on an inflatable paddle board.
Surfing, hydro foiling, family fun at the beach, and racing in the sea, lakes, rivers, and canals are all possible with this mode of transportation.
The more costly and performance-oriented end of SUP is the solid board because they are made of solid material, moulded to provide the most efficient rails and streamlined designs possible.
In the last several years, inflatable boards have been the most popular item on the retail market. They can be stored and carried (in a vehicle or a suitcase) to the next stretch of water without needing roof racks or an oversized garage since they are inflatable. As they are inflated, the inflatable boards become stiffer. As the chambers fill with air and the board expands, hundreds of individual strands (known as drop stitching) weaved into the board’s interior cause the top and bottom to pull against each other. The board’s strength and rigidity are maintained thanks to the board’s intricate weave, which is also very light. Paddleboarding has been more accessible to a broader range of individuals in recent years as boards have improved in strength, portability, and price.
Inflatables will be available in a variety of price ranges from various brands. You’ll be able to use more of your energy to propel yourself ahead rather than flex the board, thanks to the double-lined boards, but they’re still not invincible. The board will be heavier since it has two layers instead of just one. There will be less material in the board, which means it will be lighter and pump it up to the appropriate pressure. The single-lined boats will be more delicate and will not handle a beach or slipway well.
No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to know precisely how big a board you need (even if you find a SUP Size Calculator somewhere online). Your ability to balance will play a role, as will the weather conditions. To begin with, anybody who has never tried stand-up paddleboarding will feel unstable on whatever board you put them on, but as they become more comfortable with it, they’ll feel even more secure. There are several ways to improve your balance, such as taking SUP classes or joining a local organisation. 1kg of weight can float in 1L of water. Consider the fact that a board twice your weight in kilogrammes will be relatively steady. Since an inflatable paddle board is stable under most weights, it’ll contain between 250L and 300L of volume. Stability is a significant factor, with most all-around touring boards measuring between 30″ and 35″ in length. Small, agile, and lightweight boards are prefered by some of the world’s top SUP surfers.
For paddleboarders, there are a few things they should check before they head out on the water.
- Wind direction and speed
- Gear that’s appropriate for the climate.
- A completely inflated and leak-free kit.
A lack of wind may ruin any SUP session, yet it’s frequently disregarded. Wind direction and intensity must be taken into account while paddleboarding. As the wind intensity increases, it becomes more difficult to paddle into and across the wind, making it more challenging to regulate your course. Winds coming from the land towards the ocean tend to be less protected than winds flowing towards the sea. Therefore most people choose to paddle in wind-sheltered areas. It might not be easy to return to land if there is strong offshore wind.
Australian weather may be unpredictable, and even in the height of Summer, the water temperature seldom rises over 16°C. Hence, it’s a good idea to pack appropriate gear, particularly if you want to paddle in the year’s cooler months.