Stand up paddleboarding is now the fastest growing water sport in America, and with good reason! The ancient form of surfing originated in Hawaii and has since been reintroduced by Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, gaining popularity since 2002. The first race took place in Tahoe City, California on August 8, 2007, followed by the Stand Up World Series Championships in O’ahu, Hawaii in September 2012. If you'd like a full history, click here.
Stand up paddleboarding makes for a great outdoor activity for those aged 5-85+, and can even include your pups! The sport is easy to get the hang of, with most first time riders getting comfortable on the board within an average of just 1 hour. Depending on the calmness of the water, it is easy to balance and fairly difficult to fall off. Paddleboards also make the perfect floating dock for sitting with your feet in the water or jumping off on hot days!
Stand up paddleboarding is a fun and relaxing way to get a workout in, with nearly all muscles being engaged. Not only does it promote heart and lung health, but it also works your shoulders, chest, abs, quads, calves, back, and glutes. Not to mention, the view and scenery is much more relaxing than the inside of a gym! On average, men burn 800-1,000 calories and women burn 500-700 calories in just one hour out on the water. Some paddlers have even decided to incorporate their yoga routine on their board, resulting in a peaceful yet tough workout!
Whether you want to race, get some exercise, explore the waters, or enjoy the sun and float, stand up paddleboarding is a must-try this summer!