Summer has most definitely hit the UK shores, with 1000s of people heading to the beach every weekend. If you are not the type of person who enjoys lying on the sand all day, we have 5 exciting new water sports for you to try out.
1. Paddle Boarding.
Sometimes known as ‘paddle surfing’ the sport originated in Polynesia, and was born from the original surfers in Hawaii. It involves standing on a long board not unlike a surf board, but you use a paddle to move yourself across the water. It is a serious workout and develops endurance and strength. Unlike traditional surfing, you do not need waves to paddle board, so it can be done on rivers and lakes as well as in the sea.
2. Wakeskating and wakesurfing
If you are a fan of waterskiing and wakeboarding, this could be the perfect challenge for you. You are still towed behind a boat, with something under your feet, but this time it will be a wakeskate. This piece of kit is similar to a skateboard in that it has no bindings, and you wear special water draining shoes with it. Professionals can do some great tricks such as flipping or spinning, much like those which skateboarders have perfected. A great sport to work both your upper and lower body strength, whilst looking very cool on the water.
3. Kite Surfing
This sport is becoming more popular worldwide right now. Similar to paddle boarding in a way, but your board now has a kite attached, similar to a parachute, it catches the wind and propels you across the water. The added bonus of this mini sail means that you can also rise up into the air for some dramatic flips and twists. Kite surfing does take a huge amount of practise, but persevere and you could end up being the envy of all your friends, whilst building a pretty nifty set of muscles at the same time.
4. Surf Kayaking
Essentially a cross between surfing and kayaking, you tackle the same waves a surfer would, but whilst sitting down in a small vessel holding a paddle. This is a fast paced, adventurous sport, and should only be tackled once you are confident in ordinary kayaking. Offering a major workout everytime you get out on the water, this is a definite choice for the adrenaline junkies out there.
5. Kayak fishing
More popular in northern America, this sport has started to cross the border. For kayak fishing you would normally opt for a sit on top style vessel as they are more stable than those with a cockpit. These types include small compartments for your fishing accessories meaning they are right to hand. The kayak is more economical and environmental than your average fishing vessel, allowing you to catch fish which are normally spooked by the boats. Even if you don’t bring home dinner, you will still give yourself a good workout.
Here at Get Afloat we would love to hear your stories about trying some of these great water sports, drop us a line today.