The Case for Paddleboarding in Open Water: Why an Openwater Wetsuit is Your Best Friend
Paddleboarding has gained popularity in recent years, and with it open water wetsuits have become much more accessible to the average consumer. While not everyone enjoys paddleboarding, those who do should have an open water wetsuit in their quiver of water sports equipment. Here’s why!
What’s great about open water paddleboarding?
It’s really, really difficult to have a bad picture taken of you when you’re riding across a serene lake or river. The wildlife and scenery are also unbeatable. You’ll also find that paddleboarding builds balance, strength and focus. After just a short while on the water, your core will be absolutely on fire. If you’ve never tried it before, now’s a great time to see what all of your friends have been raving about!
What gear do you need?
When you’re paddleboarding, you’ll want to wear a wetsuit, as it will protect your body from the cold. You’ll also want to invest in a good board if you’re looking to improve your balance and don’t want to risk losing your footing. If you plan on taking up paddleboarding, it’s best to start by getting a new or gently used paddleboard—one that isn’t too slick or flimsy. Look for one with a respectable build quality; these are typically more forgiving than other models. More advanced paddlers might opt for an extra-wide board that has room enough for both feet and gives them more stability when facing choppy waters.
Getting Started In The Ocean
Getting into open water and paddleboarding can be exciting, but it’s also terrifying. The ocean looks big and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Just don’t go too deep, and stay on beaches that have lifeguards on duty. Remember your wetsuit! Even if you’re a little hesitant about putting on that full-body wet suit, remember, you’re going to be way more comfortable out there.
Mistakes Newbie Paddlers Make
There’s no shame in being a beginner, but it’s never helpful to make simple mistakes. Most are easily preventable with some knowledge and preparation. Do your research first, or even get lessons.
Why I Love To Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) in the ocean
In my opinion, SUP is much easier to get into than other kayaking or windsurfing. You don’t need a boat, and you can usually just carry your board out to wherever you want to paddle during UK travels. Once there, it’s fairly easy to set it up and stand upon it. You simply plant your feet on either side of the centreboard, lean forward slightly and lift yourself up—it helps if there are waves to pop you up. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that you also have a paddle so if something happens with wind or currents that throw you off balance or disorient you, all it takes is one careful stroke with your right hand (or left hand depending on what side of the board you’re paddling from) and… problem solved! Just use a lifejacket, don’t go out of your depth and away you go.