As with all water sports a personal flotation device (PFD) is an essential piece of safety equipment. Some states even require PFDs by law. Your age, location and circumstance determine what’s required, so it’s always good to check with local authorities before heading out.
Before we dig into the details, we headed down to South Africa with the whole lineup to get some sweet footage so you could see what the new gear is all about . Check it out!
Although we’ve referred to our planet as “Earth,” a Germanic word which means “the ground” for at least 1,000 years, almost 70% of it is covered by water! To keep it simple, all of that water can be broken down into three major categories rivers, lakes, and oceans, but if you’re interested in what’s the difference between things like a firth, fjord, and a freshet head here for an enlightening read.
Inflatable paddle boards are one of the most fun ways to tackle any body of water. To get things started we’ll begin with the two most common bodies of water ventured by paddle boarders, oceans and lakes. Then we’ll head over to rivers.
Dialing in the best stand up paddleboarding stroke is key to improving your speed and confidence on the board. It’s also a constantly evolving process based on the conditions and your fitness level and it’s something you can expect to improve over time. As you get a feel for the water and the motion of the stroke your stroke will naturally become more efficient and powerful, but if you pay attention to a few key points, you can accelerate your learning and learn to go faster and stay straight on the water.