Last week I wrote about camping in Antarctica. Well, while you’re there, why not try the latest thing: Paddleboarding!
It may have become popular in the warm waters of the Hawaiian coast, but Paddleboarding is at its most thrilling when experienced in Antarctica. Paddleboarding, or more specifically Stand-up Paddleboarding, is one of the most recent additions to the variety of outdoor sporting activities that can make a trip to Antarctica so much more exciting. Here’s everything you need to know about this new craze:
What’s the history behind paddleboarding?
Paddleboarding has been a popular sport for a number of years, but it’s only very recently that the new variant of Stand-up Paddleboarding, also known as Stand-up Paddlesurfing, has become well known and well loved. In 2013 it was claimed as the outdoor sporting activity with the most new participants in the USA, and now it has crossed the waters to become a great Antarctic experience.
How does it work?
When you decide to go Stand-up Paddleboarding, you’re kitted out with a small, robust and lightweight board not dissimilar to a surfboard. You’ll also get a single paddle, and once you’ve climbed aboard you can begin to skim over the surface of the deep blue Antarctic ocean. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is – one of the reasons that Stand-up Paddleboarding is beginning to become so popular is the incredible ease, and low level of physical fitness required to take part. Most people will be able to have a go, even if you prefer to kneel on your board to make sure you don’t lose balance!
What are the advantages?
Stand-up Paddleboarding offers a completely unique perspective on the magnificence of the Antarctic landscape. Unlike canoeing or kayaking, the fact that you’re stood up helps you to get a much better view of what’s going on around you, including the wildlife in the water under your feet! It can also be less physically strenuous, leaving you with more energy to actually appreciate the stunning sights of the surrounding areas. Since Stand-up Paddleboarding combines the exhilaration of an outdoor sport, with the more peaceful experience of soaking in the sights, it really is a unique way to view Antarctica.
Whether you’re a nature buff hoping to get the best view possible, or you simply want to know what it’s like to walk on water, there’s no doubt that Stand-up Paddleboarding could be the perfect choice!
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