Paddle Boarding

Are you looking for a fun water sport activity that will also give you a great workout? In today’s blog we will look at Stand Up Paddle boarding, a water-based activity where you use a long board to move around in the water. It is easier said than done, but there are many places close to Gate48 that offer rentals as well as instructors who can show you how to do it.

The origin of this activity comes from the world of surfing, in particular the island of Hawaii. It was here it began to deviate from traditional surfing though. Rather than sit and wait for a wave to come in you stand on you board and propel yourself through the water.

It can be physically demanding, requiring good balance, and core strength to drive the paddle. If you’ve had the experience of using a canoe then you will have some familiarity with the means of movement.

A few years ago SUP was recognized as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States. It has a lot of variations and is even done in many different water environments, including the ocean, rivers and even for doing yoga. The water conditions here are phenomenal, due to a lack of tides or waves and all year round warm water temperatures.

There are several places in the Riviera Maya that rent paddle boards, including Playa Boardsports and the Aloha Paddle Club-Inti Beach Club, located between Calles 4 and 6 in Playa del Carmen (only 30 minutes away from your home at Gate48).

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