The key to staying young is to continue doing the things that young people do. This way, you will always main young at heart. But in order to remain young at heart, there are a number of things that must be observed.
- Stress must be avoided
- A healthy diet must be observed
- Utmost precaution must be taken when taking part in extreme sports and that is because the healing process, in case of an injury, for older folk could take longer
- Exercise regularly to keep the muscles and the body in general, well-toned
- Do the things that make you happy
In this article, we are going to be looking at how one can stand up paddle and stay young. This is one of the ways that can make a person remain young at heart despite the fact that they are aged. The excitement, adrenaline rush and the exercise will do one well, and it is also good to keep the mind challenged. We are going to look at things to take into consideration when choosing the best inflatable SUP and anything else there is to know about SUP’s.
How to Choose the Best SUP
Stand up paddle boards can probably be referred to as the softer version of surf boards since they are way larger and accommodating. You would need to require some padding skills to maneuver then. On the market, they come in varying sizes ranging from 9 to 15 feet in length, and it is up to the user to choose the one that works best for them. The fact that they are also larger, ensures that they are always on the surface of the water and won’t sink you.
Stand up boards also come with some practical features that are not found in other boards, but these depend on the type, make of the boards, and the core material. For the aged people, there is good news, these SUP’s are stable and rigid, and they are made in such a way as to help a surfer maintain balance as they stand on them. These sorts of boards are meant to bring fun and they would definitely make a person feel a whole lot younger without endangering their life if they know how to swim. They are made for those that are outgoing and are interested in meeting new people and exploring new places. Their ease of use ensures that even learners can quickly catch up with the craze and enjoy themselves.
SUP board volume and weight capacity:
If you studied a little physics, you would know that the larger the volume of the board, the more the weight that it can take. Volume and weight capacity play a major role and it’s very important to take them into consideration when getting an SUP. The volume is measured in liters, and don’t mix up the volume with the actual length of the board because the volume is measured according to the thickness of the hull body and the width. The weight capacity of every board is mentioned in the description in pounds, and it is important for one to make sure that they will get one that can sustain their weight or else they could end up sinking.
The length of the board determines the sort of riders that it can support as well as the sort of activities that it can perform. You’ll also need to consider the length when you think of the logistics of moving around with the board. In the event that you get an inflatable board, then that is something that you won’t headache about.
- Boards that are under 9 feet long are usually easier to man, but they are only suitable for children, teenagers and young adults. For full adults, they’re not appropriate.
- Boards that are under 12 feet long work best for teenagers and young adults. They are best used for calm water cruising, meditation, yoga and even kayaking.
- Boards that are under 14 feet long usually move a lot faster than the smaller ones, and they also track a lot better. These are best used for races or touring over long distances.
How does stand up boarding compare to other water sports?
Other watersports include Kayaking, surfing and water skiing, but when you think of stand-up boarding, it is a much easier and safer watersport without necessarily being less exciting. It is something like the bigger and wiser brother of the surf board, who is a lot wilder and more adrenaline driven. On a surf board, there are many things you can do with it, but a stand-up paddle board is made in such a way that people are meant to remain on top as you do exercises like yoga, meditation, fishing racing and everything else that can be done on a surf board.
Surf Board Types
Surf Specific SUP boards are the ones that you’ll almost always find everywhere, and this is because they are very attractive and always have the users feeling excited. They usually come in a shorter and thinner build as compared to the other types, and this enable agility and flexibility when the surfer is on the board. On the downside, these boards are slower and messier when trying to track in a straight line.
These all-round stand up boards come in a chunkier build that the Surf SUP boards. With these boards, one can get to experience a wider range of things since they are versatile and stable, tracking the water well. They do well in strong currents and over small to medium sized waves. Some of them come with masts such that when need be, a sailing rig can be installed. That is yet another reason why you would want to go for this board if you were thinking of stand-up paddling.
The Flat-water stand up paddle boards which are literally giants. Their build is longer than most of the other boards, and this is because they are made for flat water and open ocean paddling. If you have the wind in your favor, these giants will effectively get you from one point to the next. Without the wind to assist in sailing them, it can get a little tricky considering their size. The board easily slices through water due to its dynamics, that include a pointed nose and slender edges.
Being slimmer than the Flat Water boards, the Race boards are much faster and not advisable for newbies.
SUP Hull Types
The shape, or body type, of the stand-up paddle board will determine its performance to a great extent although there are only two types that one can choose from. If you follow carefully, it shouldn’t be too hard for you to determine the one that will work best for your needs.
Stand up Paddle Board Hull Types
Displacement Hull/Body: Long distance and Racing
They are characterized by their pointed noses and sharp edges, giving them a kayak like shape. This board is designed in such a way that it will cut through water easily and effectively, gaining speed within no time. They are easier to navigate due to the fact that the displacement hulls longer and narrower, reducing the water resistance regardless of their size.
Planning Hull/body: A board for everything
They are characterized by a surf board look but are much larger and have rounded noses and larger platforms. They are a lot easier to handle, the reason why beginners opt for the planning hull design. With this, one can surf, kayak, paddle and do way more than they would with the other one.
Now to the most important question of the day: Solid or inflatable?
Solid boards have been there for a long time, but now there is a new wave taking over the waters, the inflatable boards. Inflatable boards might be a little pricier, but they have their advantages over the solid boards. There are many brands in the market, but you should do a thorough research to make sure that you get the one to suit you.
Solid SUP boards:
- Almost impossible to repair
- Hard to transport/ store
- Aesthetic / authentic
Inflatable SUP Boards:
- Beginner friendly
- Safe and easy to transport / store
- Sturdy but flexible
- Relatively slower than a solid board
- Not fully compatible with big waves
SUP Core Materials
- EPS foam
- Hollow core
- Polyurethane foam
- Inflatables (military or industrial grade PVC)
When it comes to stand up paddle boards, there isn’t much you can say about their shared features but that’s until you include Inflatable SUPs which takes you to a whole other level. But before we jump into that, let’s talk about the prevailing feature amongst all boards and that is fins.
They are used in maneuvering and tracking and can be more important than one would think and they consist of the below:
- Long single fin
- Large single fin
- 3 fin setup
- Race fins
- Inflatable fins
- Ankle leash
- Maintenance box
- Electric pump
Some inflatable SUP’s might come with many more gadgets such as a repair kit, removable fins, a hand pump and most often a carry back pack to help assist in the transport and storage of the board easily. Therefore, if you choose carefully, you can get an SUP that includes all of the above, and it could well be your ticket to living a longer and younger feeling life.