Paddleboarding has exploded in popularity in recent years, it is no real wonder why. SUPs are by far the easiest and most affordable way of getting afloat. The UK has countless inland waters, lakes/lochs, canals on top of 1000s miles of spectacular coastline. When technique is perfected SUPping is a highly efficient way of exploring coves, beaches, wildlife with minimum impact to the environment. The connection of mind, body and skilled effort allows you to drift off into natural rhythm, where the physical toil is a rewarded with improved sleep, fitness, and health.
One of the most common remarks we hear is just how comfortable and warm a decent wetsuit is, even in the North Sea in winter (which is fortunate given our weather!). This means there is no reason why your boards are only for sunny Summer afternoons.
Our mission at GOFORTH.SURF is to challenge why stand on a treadmill or cross trainer or buy an expensive Peloton bike, when you could be out on the water, is totally beyond us. Finally it is also a great way to get out and meet likeminded people.
These are just some of the benefits to consider:
1. GETS YOU ON YOUR FEET
One of the greatest advantages of boarding is that it gets you on your feet and helps maintain both your body and mind. Most people only focus on the physical aspects, but the sense of wellbeing and spirituality are, to us, the X-factor and drives our passion. Not to mention the equipment needed fits in a bag at the end of it all. The simplicity is part of the appeal.
2. HELPS WITH BALANCE
Board sports requires a lot of balance, this means your core and legs as well as arms are used. Plus, better balance can help you balance your life and general and have better focus throughout the day.
3. REDUCES YOUR STRESS LEVELS
Board sports can be a great stress reliever due to the sedative nature of the water around you and the ability to make the action all about you. Not to mention, falling off the board can give you a serious adrenaline rush to wash out those negative thoughts. Just breathing the salt air and being on the water by yourself can be enough to get rid of any negative energy.
4. A PROGRESSIVE SET OF SPORTS FOR YOUR WHOLE BODY
Most of us can jump on a paddle board in calm water, it takes a lifetime to master all the way to riding that huge wave or triple flip. Board sports are a set of related sports that exercises your entire body muscle groups (back, core, arms, legs, chest, and shoulders), your mind, co-ordination, and spirit.
5. HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT
There’s no doubt that everyone wants to lose weight fast, but your answer isn’t a week-long dieting program or a weight loss pill. Board sports burn an incredible number of calories because you are constantly having to. Studies have shown that boarding can help lower your body fat more than going to the gym plus its way more fun!
6. BOOSTS YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Paddle boarding can help lower your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack, according to multiple peer reviewed studies. Cardiovascular health prevents a greater risk of relatable diseases.
7. OFFERS YOU THE OPTIMAL ENVIRONMENT FOR MEDITATION
Boarding are easy to start but incredibly difficult to master. This connection of mid and body helps heighten your awareness of every move you make while on your board. Psychologist researchers determine this state of mind as “flow,” which can offer you a wide range of health benefits, including improved mood, focus, and cognitive function. You can also experience better memory, and improved creative and empathetic ability.
Whether its paddling on a calm day or foiling effortlessly on the breeze, there is so much to offer you at GoForth.surf. So what are you waiting for, come on down, it’s time to climb “on board”!
Emma, Duncan and John – Co founders