As Venetian gondoliers, paddle surf fans enjoy the sea with this variety of surfing that is dazzling more and more fans. Know its benefits and what you need to join this fun fashion.
You like to surf but you are not lucky enough to live near the beach? Do you feel like going out to catch waves but the day has risen without wind? Do you like canoeing but are looking forward to something new? If you answered yes to at least one of the questions, your sport is paddle surf, a recently created water sport that is closely linked to surfing.
Also known as stand up paddle surf (SUP), this sport consists of standing on a bigger and more stable board than surfing, while carrying a single-paddle paddle to navigate the sea, lakes or estuaries . Its main advantage is that you can go out to sea without the need for wind or waves that day, since they are not essential as in surfing; although, if they appear, you can also surf with the same table.
Like most new sports modalities, its origin is in the United States. This one in particular is set in the 1960s on Hawaii’s famous Waikiki Beach, where surf instructors began using longer, more stable boards to photograph their group. Thus, and using paddles of canoes, they could move to also check the technique of their wards and to see in advance the possible risks and the waves that were to come.
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Paddle surfing is a sport that has only gained supporters in recent years. Highly recommended in summer, as it is a water sport, it is possible to practice it at any time of the year and in various scenarios other than the sea such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs or swimming pools since, unlike traditional surfing, the presence of waves is not necessary for your enjoyment.
The origin of paddle surf can be traced back to the towns of Polynesia, where this method of navigation was used to move from island to island. More recently, and when it really started to catch on, Hawaiian surfers incorporated this activity into their training. It was the year 2000 and almost two decades later it is very common to see many fans on the beaches enjoying this modality.
In addition, paddle surfing, as a sport, has numerous health benefits. It is an aerobic sport in which we will consume calories and we will also develop strength and balance, since practically all the muscles of the body are put into operation for its development.
Paddle surfing is suitable for all amateur profiles, since a particularly advanced state of form is not necessary for its practice. Everyone must find their paddling rhythm and also, with a little balance, it is possible to take breaks on the board itself.
The equipment for paddle surf
Beyond the clothing, which will depend on the environment and weather conditions (for example, wetsuits will be highly recommended in cold waters), to paddle surf we will need a board and a paddle.
Depending on the modality that we are going to practice, we must opt for one type or another of table. The difference will be in length, width and shape.
Hybrid tables: they are the most versatile. They serve both to catch a wave and to make small crossings in calm waters. They are ideal for those who start in this sport.
Crossing boards: ideal for those who want to travel the coast or rivers in long distance sessions. They are wider and more stable and have devices to hold backpacks.
Racing tables: these are specific competition tables for very experienced users who have great balance and aim to achieve higher speeds. They are therefore not recommended for novice users. They have a sharp and narrow bow in order to reduce water friction.
The oar consists of a pommel (handle), a pole (the part that joins the pommel with the blade) and the blade. They are manufactured in different materials (plastic, aluminum, wood, fiberglass, carbon, kevlar), some cheaper and others more expensive that offer higher performance for advanced users and can be rigid or adjustable in length.
Regarding the shape of the blade, two with different characteristics stand out:
In drop form: they are more versatile when it comes to using them for different modalities.
Rectangular: they have a larger surface to push the water. It must be taken into account that the greater the surface, the greater the force will have to be applied, so the paddling rate will be less.
The length of the paddle will depend on the preferences of each person. In general, it is recommended that it be between 10 and 30 centimeters taller than the person who is going to use it.
And you, now that summer comes, do you cheer up with this refreshing sport?