If you tired of the same old routines and looking for a new and exciting outdoor activity take a closer look at paddle boarding. Paddle boarding has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Not only does it provide a full-body workout, but it also gives you the chance to explore picturesque landscapes while enjoying the tranquility of the water. But there is more to paddle boarding than meets the eye. If you’re ready to hit the waves, here are 10 fun things to do on your paddle board you may not have considered.
Fun things to do on your Paddle Board
SUP Yoga: Take your yoga practice to new heights by doing it on a paddle board. Challenge your balance and core strength as you flow through various poses, surrounded by the calming water. SUP Yoga combines nature, mindfulness, and fitness, providing a unique and rejuvenating experience.
Paddle Board Fishing: If you’re an angler, try paddle board fishing for an added challenge. Pack your fishing gear and head out to a calm lake or river. Standing on the board gives you a better vantage point to spot fish, and the stealth approach of paddle boarding ensures a more peaceful fishing experience. On top of this, paddle board fishing allows you access to places that might not be easily accessible on foot. Add to this the benefit of not needing to own a fishing boat!
Paddle Board Races: Gather a group of friends and organize a paddle board race. Compete against each other as you navigate through markers or set a distance challenge. It’s a fantastic way to add a competitive edge to your paddle boarding adventures while having loads of fun. Alternatively join one of the many national or international organised SUP enduro events.
Paddle Board Camping: Take your overnight camping trips to the next level by paddle board camping. Pack your gear on your board and paddle off to a remote camping spot only accessible by water. Sleep under the stars, surrounded by nature, and wake up to stunning, tranquil early morning views. Better still go for an early morning paddle and enjoy the glassy conditions more common at this time of day. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Paddle Board Picnic: Pack a delicious picnic, including your favorite snacks and beverages, and head out on your paddle board. Find a secluded spot on the water, such as a calm bay or a hidden cove, and enjoy a relaxing and scenic lunch while surrounded by nature. It’s the perfect way to unwind and connect with your surroundings.
More fun things to do on your Paddle Board
Paddle Board Photography: Capture the scenic beauty that surrounds you while paddle boarding by indulging in some paddle board photography. With your waterproof camera or smartphone, you can capture stunning landscapes, wildlife, and even take selfies while gliding through serene waters. Stand on your paddle board and experiment with different angles to capture unique shots. The calmness of the water will provide you with the perfect platform to take incredible, stable photos. So, grab your camera and get ready to showcase your paddle boarding adventures through captivating images.
Paddleboard wildlife spotting: Take your paddle board to areas where you are likely to spot wildlife such as birds, turtles, dolphins, or even whales. Paddle around while observing and learning about different species in their natural habitat.
Paddleboard sunrise or sunset sessions: Experience the beauty of a sunrise or sunset on your paddle board. It’s a serene and stunning time of day to be on the water. Make sure you take adequate lighting to both see and be seen and check with local aquatic authorities to see if there are vessel lighting requirements enforceable by law.
Paddleboard paddle and paint: Pack some watercolor paints and a sketchbook or canvas and paddle to a quiet spot. Let the scenery inspire your artistic side as you create beautiful watercolor paintings or sketches.
Paddleboard exploring: Challenge yourself to explore new waterways on your paddle board. Discover hidden coves, narrow rivers, or secret beaches that can only be accessed by SUP. It’s an exciting adventure that keeps you curious about your surroundings. Often discussed canals can make some of the best urban exploration destinations.
Paddleboard stargazing: On a clear night, take your paddle board out to a calm lake away from city lights. Lie down on your board and enjoy a peaceful stargazing. Ensure that you have the correct safety equipment and are familiar with the area to be paddle boarding at night. Hazzards and other water users can be difficult to spot so ensure that you contact local authorities to make yourself aware of local requirements.
Fun things to do after your Paddle Board session
Did you notice I snuck an extra bonus activity in there?? Have you tried any of the above fun things to do on your paddle board? Which ones are you most interested in trying? If you have already downloaded our free SUP-it List be sure to add any new ideas. What ever floats your SUP!
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