The origins of paddle boarding are in Hawaii. Waikiki surfers who would stand on their board and paddle out to take photos of people learning how to surf inspired the development of the sport. Since then, its popularity has steadily risen. In recent years, it has been the most talked-about water sport since the invention of surfing.
The benefits that can be derived from the sport and the heaps of fun one can have when paddle boarding are just some of the reasons for taking up the sport. But the spike in popularity can ultimately be attributed to the following:
Top 3 Reasons for the Steadily Rising Popularity of Paddle Boarding
1. Paddle boarding is easy to learn!
Paddle boarding is akin to surfing, but not quite like it. It’s something that you can learn quickly. If you’re naturally gifted with balance and agility, after one hour of water time, chances are you’re already comfortable with paddle boarding.
It also helps that paddle boarding is a sport that persons from all fitness levels, and ages can do. It’s very enjoyable, while you’re learning and even if you’re not the athletic type, you can still learn the sport. The people who take up paddle boarding gain a sense of accomplishment even if it’s just their first time. If they’re just starting out, they come back for more because paddle boarding helps people recapture the feeling one gets after every great achievement.
2. You can do paddle boarding in the ocean, lake, or any body of water. The choice is up to you!
Unlike surfing, which calls for waves, paddle boarding can be done even when the water is calm or flat. You don’t have to research about high tides or low tides—you don’t even need to be in the ocean! It’s your call if you want to practice in a lake, a sea, or a river. Paddle boarding is more appealing than other water sports because it is a flexible activity that is not limited to certain conditions.
3. Paddle boarding is a great workout!
Aside from the benefits of a good core workout, paddle boarding helps improve your balance and build up strength. It uses a lot of muscles—from your head down to your toes—so the health and fitness benefits are numerous.
Ultimately, the general conclusion is, paddle boarding has universal appeal. Whatever you’re looking for in a water sport, be it fun or fitness or just simply a great way to spend summer with your family, paddle boarding has it!