These days, it is almost impossible not to at least have a general idea of what paddleboarding is. It’s all the rage! Not only is this on the water activity a great way to get outdoors and get some fresh air, but almost anyone can do it. If you’re really serious about adopting paddleboarding as a hobby, Bill Jackson’s can outfit you with all the gear you need. However, if you just want to “test the waters” of paddleboards first, there are plenty of places to rent equipment from, many of which offer lessons as well.
Basics of the board
Paddleboarding, which is often times abbreviated to the acronym SUP – stand up paddleboarding – almost simulates the feeling of walking on the water. In addition to being fun and enjoyable, consider the many benefits of SUP below:
- Workout – The combination of standing on the board, maintaining balance, and making paddling motions with your arms adds up to an excellent full body workout, especially when it comes to strengthening your core.
- Low Impact – For those weary of damaging joints or tendons, paddleboarding is the way to go because the potential for injury is minimal.
- No Age Restriction – Families can participate in this water activity together because people of all ages can do it. Depending on the age and size of a child, they can either ride along with you, or paddle their own board.
- Stress Reduction – Being outside, on the water, amongst gorgeous views of nature, atop a fluid moving board, make paddleboarding a sure fire way to relieve some of that stress that tacks on throughout the day and week.
In addition to the above-mentioned boarding benefits, SUP also allows for socialization, saltwater exposure, and requires minimal equipment and training. For those with an interest in taking up paddleboarding, the first thing you need to do is gear up.
Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure is your SUP headquarters. Stop by anytime to demo a stand up paddleboard or join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month for FREE classes and demos. The class starts at 9:45 am and the demo begins at 11:00am.
We offer a wide selection of SUP boards from BOTE, Bic SUP and Surftech including models by:
- Randy French
… as well as a great selection of accessories, hardware, and paddles from Werner and Kialoa.
Paddleboard trips explore many hidden treasures of aquatic Florida as well as provide a terrific way to meet and socialize with other paddlers.
SUP on The Weeki Wachee River from Amongst It on Vimeo.