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Keeping active with stand up paddle boarding

muscles used in sup paddle boarding

Cross training is all the rage and stand up paddle boarding is what keeps our bodies and minds fit and healthy when the winds are light.

It feels like you’re just standing there, but stand up paddle boarding is quite the workout. Legs and core engaged in balancing, ie. not falling off, and your back and shoulders are engaged in the paddle strokes and bracing.

In an article written by Green Water Sports, they cover which muscles are used while paddle boarding and how it works the whole body without impact.

Several key benefits of SUP:

  • Full body workout from head to toe
  • Balance, strength, endurance, co-ordination, flexibility, and core stability
  • Cardiovascular workout
  • Low impact
  • Outdoors
  • Above all, it’s a fun workout!

“It feels like you’re standing on an exercise ball, swimming and cycling at the same time!”

So, when the winds are back and you can kitesurf or windsurf, paddle boarding has been keeping you fit and healthy, and above all sane!

When you’re ready to hit the water to keep your fitness and sanity between windy sessions, we suggest the Red Paddle Co inflatable stand up paddle boards. We have had one for almost 5 years and loved every minute of it! The make all sorts of all round, touring and race boards and are known as the industry leaders in inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Our favorite Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle board

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red paddle co ride

When the wind is light, we still like to get out on the water. We enjoy paddle boarding the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride. It is a great all round paddle board that is stable enough for beginners, yet manoeuvrable enough for intermediate and advanced paddlers to continue using for years to come. We’ve been paddling for almost 10 years and our go-to family SUP is the 10’6″ Ride by Red Paddle Co.

Sure, we’ve had it for a while and it’s a bit dirty, but the board has stood up to all sorts of use and abuse for a long time. My 5 year old and 7 year old enjoy paddling it in the pool, and we enjoy paddling it together out the front of our apartment in Cabarete Bay and in the local river, La Boca.

If the waves are small, too small for my wave SUP and the wind is super light, I’ll also paddle it out to the reef to catch a few rollers.

The Ride 10’6″ packs down nice and tight thanks to the MSL Fusion construction. It is tough, durable and kid friendly! We thoroughly recommend this board for those who want a convenient to store, transport, and above all, excellent to paddle SUP.

7 helpful tips to care for your inflatable stand up paddle board

As with all premium products, caring for them is vital to their prolonged service. Inflatable stand up paddles boards are no exception. Despite their extreme durability and resistance to impact, a huge bonus over regular hard SUPs, inflatable SUPs still need some general care. Starboard have created this cool infographic with a few tips.

1. Cleaning

Clean the board after each use with fresh water and mild soap.

2. Avoid direct sunlight

If you need to leave the board inflated in direct sunlight, deflate it to at least 10 PSI, although direct sunlight should be avoided where possible.

3. Don’t use an air compressor

You can easily over inflate the board by using air compressor and void the warranty.

4. No dragging

Sharp debris can puncture your board, it is best not to drag it.

5. Use it frequently

Long-term storage can cause glue bonds to disintegrate. (Less of an issue as fusion and welding technologies evolve.)

6. Store at room temperature

Keep the boards sheltered away from extreme high and low temperatures, and excessive humidity.

7. Keep it dry

Dry the board off after each use and before storing to avoid mold damage.

So whether you are in the market for a Starboard inflatable paddle board, a Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP or a Fanatic inflatable paddle board, these 7 tips to looking after and caring for your board are very handy.

Memorial Day SALE – Red Paddle Co 15% off

Hold onto your hats, Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards are going on sale. Starting May 17 and ending at 11:59pm on May 27 (Memorial Day), all Red Paddle Co SUPs and paddles will be 15% off. Save up to $375 per board!

If’ you’ve been waiting for closeout discounts, but the boards carry over from 2018, this is your chance. Next time the boards will be discounted is well after Summer has finished.

Be quick to secure the board you want. We have limited stock of some models, but ample of others. Plenty of Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ in stock. All the Red Paddle Co boards come with a FREE 3 piece carbon paddle valued at $199. On top of this, there is free shipping in the mainland USA. Get your board now to be ready for the Summer paddle season coming soon.

Fanatic SUP’s guide to stand up paddle boarding

Fanatic is a very well known and established stand up paddle board company. Based out of Europe and slowly gaining a foothold here in the US, Fanatic produce premium level products, especially the Fanatic inflatable paddle boards. Offered in 2 construction: Double Layer Light and Stringer, Fanatic cater to all paddlers. The Fly Air (Stringer) and Fly Air Premium (Double Layer Light) are their staple all round boards that are extremely popular.

Double Layer Light

The Double Layer Light technology is our Premium construction. Featuring a second PVC layer, which is welded directly to the core layers and around the V-Drop Stitch material – the heart of each Fanatic Inflatable. An additional third layer of coloured rail bands round off the highly durable and premium quality, with stylish optics of the deck print.The benefits of the Double Layer Light construction when compared to the standard Double Layer technology is a 20 – 25 % reduction in weight, and around 25 – 30 % increase in stiffness. Simply the best inflatable technology out there!

Stringer

Utilising the best Drop Stitch material available on the market, our Stringer technology provides an outstanding durability / weight / price / performance ratio with its centre stinger keeping the shape strong and stiff, while reducing weight and price at the same time.

However, if you’re not quite ready for a board yet, they’ve also made a very good Stand Up Paddle Boarding Basics video to get you started.

The world’ smallest inflatable stand up paddle board

The Red Paddle Co Compact 9’6″ is, quite simply, a revolutionary board. Built with the patented PACT Technology by Red Paddle Co, the inflatable paddle board market leaders, the 9’6″ Compact is half the size of standard inflatable paddler boards.

The Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact achieves it’s compact size buy utilising a living hinge and folding the board in half before rolling. It’s an ingenious way to pack down the board into what is basically a regular size back pack.

For more information about the Red Paddle Compact 9’6″, head over to America’s #1 inflatable board retailer Green Water Sports and read their article about the 9’6″ Compact inflatable paddle board.

Double chamber inflatable paddle boards

It’s the latest and greatest in the world of stand up paddle boarding, specifically, inflatable paddle boarding. Starboard have introduced double chamber inflatable paddle boards across much of their 2018 range. What does this mean for the average paddler? Well, not only do you get the security of a secondary chamber buoyancy in the (extremely) rare situation that the board deflates, but more importantly, you get a better performing board.

Just like buildings and sky scrapers use I-beams for structural rigidity and load bearing, Starboard are using the same concept to increase the stiffness of their already incredibly stiff boards. The I-beam provides stiffness which in turn improves board performance, responsive and speed. Trust me, I know, I have the 2018 Starboard 12’6″ Touring Deluxe DC, DC for double chamber.

Find out more about the 2018 Starboard inflatable SUP range.

Get fit for summer on your inflatable paddle board

Are you ready for Summer? Warmer weather, longer days, motivated to get fit? Well, Green Water Sports take a look at why stand up paddle boarding is so good for us. A full body work out, out in the outdoors, and often paddling with friends are just some of the reasons.

Read the full article of Why stand up paddle boarding is so good for us here.

Buying the right inflatable SUP

Buying your first inflatable stand up paddle board can be a daunting task. However, Green Water Sports have made it just a little bit easier. They created a huge comparison chart of all the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs. Why just Red Paddle Co? Well, they are the best on the market, period.

Check out the huge comparison chart here: 2018 Red Paddle Co Buyers Guide.

Paddling the 2018 Starboard 12’6″ Touring Deluxe inflatable stand up paddle board

Early this June, I went for a morning paddle on our Starboard Touring 12’6″ Deluxe. A great touring and cruising inflatable stand up board.

Watch as I paddle in the bay, enjoy the peace and quiet, take a look at the reef, and enjoy the early morning sun!

For more about the Starboard inflatable paddle boards, head on over to Green Water Sports. They are the leading inflatable stand up paddle board retailer in the USA.