While the use of the Stand-Up-Paddle Board, (Hoe he’e nalu in Hawaiin) is an ancient practice, it is only in recent years that is has become as popular as it is. In 2013 a survey found that Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding as more first-timers than any other water-sport in the United States that year!
Whether you’re paddling for recreation, fitness, racing on lakes and large river, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids, SUP Yoga, and fishing. The list goes on. There are even reports of warriors using the Paddle Board to enter enemy territory quietly during war time!
The health benefits are numerous and noticeable right away. Paddle Boarding has you to standing in an upright position on the board, which requires the use of core muscles and leg strength to maintain balance. Leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to stabilize your center of gravity, while the arms, back and shoulders are used to propel the paddle Board in the water. The core, back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your upright position. (Or for those of us who want to use a little less effort, sitting or kneeling on the boards is also an equally enjoyable experience)
Science has shown that simply being out on the water is calming and can reduce stress levels. We know that engaging with nature can have a positive effect on your mental health and help improve yourself in most, if not all, areas of physical fitness. Where better to soothe yourself with the effects of nature than on our slice of paradise, beautiful Salt Spring Island? From local attitudes to local wildlife, you will be blown away by what the Island has to offer.