walk on water
Everybody knows what stand up paddleboarding is, but how did it start?
It’s hard to know when modern stand up paddling really began but it seems, that in some form or another, it’s been around for thousands of years.
Ancient cultures from Africa to South America used boards, canoes, and other watercraft propelled with a long stick to fish, travel, make war, and even ride waves.
Fast forward to the 1960s in Hawaii, paddling started to evolve into what we now know today, commonly referred to as SUP.
Here in Perth, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to going out for a paddle, with river, ocean and lake locations on our doorstep.
It is rapidly growing in popularity and often a replacement option for canoes and kayaks as SUPs are lighter, easier to handle (both on and off the water) and unlike other water sports, stand up paddling is so easy to learn, it’s an excellent core workout and ANYONE can do it (with expert guidance, of course)!
SUP is not just about getting on a board and paddling
It represents so much more.
As adults, we think we know everything, but we have so much to learn about ourselves and others.
Stepping outside comfort zones (as cliche as that sounds), it’s where the magic happens.
The physicality, the vibe, being in nature, balance…it’s all so powerful.
Learning something new, stimulating the brain, just having fun and moving our bodies.
We are walking on water!
Falling, being silly, laughing, being playful, stripping back the walls that surround us…..
This is why I love to paddle.
And….it doesn’t have to be all ‘woo woo’!
It can just be moving your body in a different way.
Many of you would attend a gym, Pilates studio, or yoga studio. SUP is all of that wrapped into one!
It’s low-impact, gentle on the body but still an excellent cardio and strength building activity. Moving on a board is rhythmical and has a fluidity about it that just soothes the soul.
We all need a little balance in our lives, and paddling develops that for sure!
Whether you want to try something new, increase your fitness levels, be outside in nature, embrace your inner child, or just tick something off the bucket list…be brave and have some fun!