Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle boarding has been around for thousands of years, in one form or another. Seems hard to believe as it seems to be the "go to" sport on the water of late. A little research uncovers ancient cultures mainly from Africa and South America, have been using boards in many different forms, propelled by long sticks to to fish, travel and even reportedly ride waves, even back then.I always believed stand up paddle boarding, derived from surfing when guys and gals paddle out on their board, and then onto the waves to surf. Surfing has been around since 1778, when a European sailor first witnessed it in Hawaii.Modern paddle surfing came about, in Hawaii, sometime in the 1940's, when the surf instructors would stand up on their boards to get a better view of their surfers in the water, and to see the incoming swells.Even though it has been documented to exist, stand up paddle boarding has been ignored and generally unknown, even through surfings boom in the 1960's. It was not until 2003 when the "Buffalo Big Board Contest" took place in Mahaka Beach, did the sport really start to get any attention. Well the rest is history, and today it has become one of the most sought out sports on the water. One of the reasons may be that, unlike surfing, it is accessible to all abilities. Surfing does require a great deal of skill and physical fitness. The entry into paddle boarding is relatively simple and doesn't really frighten the fair weather water enthusiasts.Many of my hardcore surfing buddies tend to "pooh-pooh" the sport calling it a recreational pastime, but whatever your thoughts, it has and still appeals to rather a lot of people. It also requires a good core strength, so even if your core is your weakness, you're sure to improve this area of fitness over time.Yoga enthusiasts take to the board to to further challenge their skills. It's a great way alternative to snorkelling, as in clear waters many a marine life can be seen. And you don't need a huge ocean to access paddle boarding. In London many places along the Thames offer lessons and boards for hire.A word of warning, whilst the intention is to remain on the board, if you are a first timer, wear a wetsuit as you will more than likely fall in until you get used to the motion, unless of course you're holidaying in warmer climes. In London, many are taking to The Thames to take up this activity as a regular sport, so a wetsuit is highly recommended for obvious reason. And as you become proficient you could paddle board with your bag! One of our customers does just that. We wouldn't advise it unless you are confident or happy to get all your bag contents wet! Our bags are made from neoprene, the same as most wetsuits, and whilst water resistant, they are not intended to be immersed in water for any length of time.You have been warned...now get that board and paddle on! Take a look at this video for a few beginner tips...