Why Standup Paddle?



WHY STANDUP AND PADDLE?

Undeniably fun!!!

IT’S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT…

There’s no better way to describe the new “old sport” of standup paddlesurfing (or standup paddling if sans waves) to “never-evers”, or SUP newbies…

George Greenough used to tell me, when we windsurfed together years ago, “whatever gets you in the water”…and, in Santa Barbara and prolly wherevers you are, there’s no better way to get out on the water and commune with nature, at least 300 days per year…basically, any time you have free time you can get a soul satisfying session or workout right in your backyard…doesn’t that sound appealing especially after this flat as heck Winter, that’s had even the most patient of surfers experiencing wave withdrawals? A saltwater lobotomy is just what the doctor ordered!
Definitely less expensive than psychological counseling…

I’D RATHER HAVE A PADDLE IN FRONT OF ME THAN A FRONTAL LOBOTOMY…;-)

It also makes economic sense to do “stay-cations” at home, rather than burning jet fuel in search of the “Endless Summer”…one of the pleasant surprises with standup is that you can trunk it, sans wetsuit rubber, most days here in Santa Barbara…even, all Winter long…

AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR HEALTH WITH A SUP WILL SHOW YOU BETTER RESULTS THAN A STOCK MARKET INVESTMENT…SUP INSTANTLY PAYS DIVIDENDS…

It’s a no-impact sport…improves balance and coordination…strength and endurance…stress reducing…relaxing and invigorating for people of all ages ,ability, & size…perhaps the biggest plus with SUP, is that it’s the funnest core fitness exercise on the planet…leave the world behind at the water’s edge and let the dance take over…

World class waterman, Dave Kalama, on standup paddle surfing:
“I really like the fact that I’m learning and there’s still a lot to learn about it. It makes mediocre surf really fun again and it gives you that excitement and that enthusiasm to keep you driven to go out and play in the surf every day which keeps you healthy and keeps your attitude right and keeps life good.”

Standup paddling, even without the wave component, is very satisfying in a zen sort of way…it washes the daily frazzle away…recharges your battery…puts the stoke back in your stroke…


NO WIND…NO WAVES…NO WORRIES…
LAKE SUP

I’ve described standup paddling as “Yoga on Water” ™…giving you a surf-satisfied feeling that soothes the soul…it has a mind-clearing property that washes away the stress of the day because it forces you to focus on board balance and paddle insertion…the return of soul surfing…it harkens back to a simpler time…board and paddle…there’s something prehistoric and primitive about it…glide…swoosh…glide…swoosh…resonating with our DNA connected to the early drumbeats of humanity…

A primo day along the Gaviota Coast…standup paddle cruising through the kelp beds…click image above for gallery…

It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination in Santa Barbara (insert your hometown) to discover the nooks and crannies on a SUP that get overlooked daily by the masses on their way to the same old same old parking lot…to do their same old same old workout routine…you can’t step twice on the same piece of water…


The waterman way ethos, that is rooted in Hawaiian culture, is available here right to us in the Santa Barbara area, or wherever you live, just ready to tap into for the more adventurous souls…we explore our local watering holes in all of their moods…amazing, unconditional fun is there to be had, like low lying fruit, as we savor the views and experience sharing the ocean with marine life that is visually more apparent from a standup perspective…

The bottomline is that as surfers, we need to paddle…the legendary Tom Blake helped to bridge the surf lifestyle with paddleboarding back in the 1930’s…standup paddling hits that note, and unlike sitdown kayaking, it also engages your balance as well…yoga on water…then, throw in the surf component and glide factor, and no wonder it’s the fastest growing watersport on the planet…you can’t help but notice the explosion of standup paddleboarding in Santa Barbara…it’s become the mecca of the sport in North America…

As far as standup paddlesurfing with our laydown brethren is concerned, follow surf etiquette and don’t come into the surfzone until you have the skill sets to control your new toy…if we all practice respect…give it and you will get it in return, then we should all be able to play nicely in the sandbox…remember, it’s not what you ride…it’s how you ride it!

The next time you have an opportunity to try a standup paddleboard, just do it!

You just may be surprised by how challenging, and fun, doing it standing up really is…

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