Paddle boards or longboards are very popular with both experienced and beginner surfers alike. It is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and around the world. Most paddle boards have between ten to fifteen inch heels and paddles are between three to five inches in diameter. Longboards are generally classified into freestyle, combo, and hard tail. This article will take a look at some of the common paddling techniques.
The first and most important rule when boarding a paddle board is to wear a life vest. Although many paddle boards are sold with a standard PFD (personal flotation device), I strongly recommend a PFD specific to your specific style of surfing or riding. I myself wear a nitrile PFD, which is a very safe and comfortable material that conforms to the shape of my body and is very low profile. If you don’t feel like wearing a PFD then a full body jacket or waistcoat with zippers is very useful as it will keep you from snagging hooks and straining muscles while paddle boarding.
Longboarders also need to be sure to wear a helmet, because falling off a paddle board can be very dangerous. One of the best ways to prevent injury when surfing or boarding is to be as balanced as possible. By being solid and keeping your center of gravity over your legs, you will reduce the amount of force you apply to the board when surfing and will greatly reduce the chances of an injury. Many paddle boarding accidents occur because the rider is trying to tip too far to the right or left and the board falls instead. Make sure you keep your center of gravity over your legs at all times, this will help keep you safe.
Many people buy new paddle boards and try them out at first, then eventually move on to renting them. While you can certainly rent from a physical location, you have to pay for storage, which can become quite expensive. If you want to try it out at a local shop, you may find that there are limited options there. For an inexpensive alternative, you should consider an inflatable stand. With an inflatable stand, you can take it to almost any location and be able to get the same experience.
An inflatable stand or isup board is extremely easy to store. There’s no need to worry about damage due to wind, rain or even water. You simply deflate it and store it away with a simple strap. In addition to saving storage space, an inflatable stand or isup board is also more comfortable than a traditional paddle boards. If you plan to spend a lot of time on your paddleboards, an inflatable stand or isup board is a great investment.
An inflatable stand or is board offers more stability than a traditional paddle boards. Paddle boards offer much more flexibility but generally don’t have the stability that inflatable board offers. An inflatable stand or is board offers very little give. This means that while wearing your stand or isup board, you can be fairly sure that your feet will always be securely secured on the bottom. In contrast, paddle boards generally have some give to them when you are wearing them.
Another advantage to an inflatable board is that they usually come with a wide variety of unique and interesting shapes. Best Paddle Boards For example, there are several different thicknesses of boards available in both stand and isup configurations. This means that if you’re interested in boarding at a particular location, you can find a board that works well for that specific area. For example, a person who wants to paddle down the Grand Canyon might want a board that has a steeper, slantier angle, whereas someone else may opt for a flat board so they can see all of the beautiful sights of the Canyon.
Most paddle boards come equipped with an easy to use leash. A leash is essential for people who want to be able to control their boards. Inflatable boards generally have a cord attached to the board which allows you to either restrain your child on the board or get them out of the water whenever it is safe to do so. Many instructors recommend that you invest in a leash to make sure your children are in the water as safely as possible.