It Will Extend Your SUP Season
Once the cold weather hits, most people pack away their SUP gear. But wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to store your beloved board and could practice your favourite sport year-round! Getting into winter paddleboarding ensures your SUP season never ends. Sure, it involves a few more layers of winter SUP clothing and a bit more planning, but it is definitely worth the effort for the increase in opportunities to get out on the water. Winter SUP is especially beneficial if you’ve been working on becoming a better paddler and want more time to practice your skills. Having too long a break between SUP outings can hinder any progress you’ve made. If you get out a few times in the winter season, you’ll be able to keep those skills fresh and be a better, well-rounded SUPer for it.
The Invigorating Benefits of Cold Weather and Winter SUP
Breath in that cold, crisp winter air! We all know that getting some exercise and being in nature provide us with many well-known physical and mental health benefits. With winter paddleboarding, the addition of the cold air and water might bring about even more benefits. Cold water plunges (or “polar dips”) are popular in Scandinavia and Russia, as they are believed to be good for the human body. Wim Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete otherwise known as “The Iceman”, touts the benefits of “cold therapy,” claiming it can help with weight loss, inflammation, and mood. If you’ve been curious about any of these practices, cold water paddleboarding can be a fun way to dip a careful toe into these icy pursuits. You’ll get the benefits of being out in the cold without having to take the full, watery plunge … unless you fall off your board! Always be prepared, dress for the conditions, and make sure to check in with a trusted medical professional before going for your first winter SUP if you have any pre-existing conditions or health concerns.
You’ll Have the Place to Yourself During a Winter SUP
Popular SUP locations can get busy and crowded in the warmer months, with other paddleboarders, boaters, and swimmers out on the water. Winter puts a pause on most of this activity, allowing you to have your favorite paddle spot to yourself. You’ll be able to nab those prime parking spaces closest to the water and have all the room you need to spread out as you prep for your cold water SUP adventure. Once you’re out on the water, the sense of quiet and calm is astounding. Gone are the loud motorized watercrafts and noisy crowds. There is rarely another person to be seen, except for your SUP buddy (safety in numbers!). As a bonus, if there’s been a recent snowfall, the snow on the ground can absorb sound. Enjoy this moment of peace and stillness.