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What is Paddleboarding?

September 27, 2018

What is Paddleboarding and Why is Everyone Doing It?

The sparkling waters of the Caribbean are the perfect zone for all kinds of waterfront fun. From diving to paddleboarding, adventurous travelers look forward to spending time in and on the water. But what is paddleboarding and why is everyone heading to Viva Resorts to do it? Discover what makes this water activity a popular favorite for water buffs of all ages!

What Is Paddleboarding?

A paddleboard looks like a large surfboard. People can lie or kneel on a paddleboard and use their arms to propel them through the water. The most common form of this water activity is stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The person stands on the board and uses a special paddle to glide forward through the ocean. Some people describe paddleboarding as a hybrid of surfing and kayaking. Travelers have a golden opportunity to try paddleboarding during a Caribbean vacation at Viva Resorts!

How Long Have People Been Paddleboarding?

Variations of paddleboarding have existed for thousands of years. In Africa, people stood on canoes and used a paddle to move them forward. The modern form of the water activity started in Hawaii during the early twentieth century. Its popularity in California during the early 2000s gave SUP worldwide appeal. Today there are global events based on paddleboard activities such as racing and touring. Some people even do yoga or go fishing on a paddleboard!

Is It Difficult to Learn?

Paddleboarding has become one of the fasting growing sports in the world. It is easy to learn and most people can start paddleboarding in about an hour. The trickiest parts are finding the right board and achieving balance. People of nearly all ages and sizes can enjoy this exhilarating activity. Plus, paddleboards are affordable and lightweight to transport. Viva Wyndham Resorts provides the paddleboards and the waterfront atmosphere – all you need is the desire to skim effortlessly through the water and soak up the alluring Caribbean scenery!

Feel the Power and Relax

So why is everyone doing it? Once a paddleboarder is balanced and confident, the world is your oyster! Experience the astounding power of the tide and your arms moving the paddle through the sea. Let these natural energy sources bring you to the most picturesque areas in the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Take a deep breath and unwind in the idyllic setting at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace. Feel your senses come alive in the colorful surroundings at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach. Appreciate the mysterious charm of Playa del Carmen at Viva Wyndham Maya.

Get a Full Body Workout

Paddleboarding uses nearly every muscle in your body. It is a low impact exercise that is gentle on your joints. People who need to avoid strenuous exercise due to physical limitations get a great workout on a paddleboard. It helps you improve balance, reduce stress, and build strength. Most people feel sore the first couple of times and are surprised paddleboarding is such an effective form of exercise.

Take It To Heart

A healthy heart helps people be active, focused, and happy throughout their daily lives. Paddleboarding is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise. Take it up a notch by racing with your partner and friends. An added benefit of stepping up the pace is improved endurance. After a long ride on a paddleboard, people often feel they can take on the world!

Soak Up the Sun

There’s no better way to soak up the Caribbean sun than paddleboarding. Grab a paddle and feel the warmth on your back as you splash through the cool water. Take a break and layout on the paddleboard while you contemplate life. After a day on the water, you are sure to have a gorgeous tan. Just remember to put on waterproof sunscreen before you go to avoid a burn!

Catch a Wave

Are you feeling adventurous? People paddleboard in both calm and moving water. Discover how easy it is to catch the smallest wave on a paddleboard. Feel the rush of gliding in rhythm with the water as you dance with the waves and salute the sun. While you might not be able to ride the big waves, SUP surfing is a whole new type of rush!

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

People escape to Viva Wyndham to experience unique activities in the most desirable destinations on the globe. It’s time to get off the couch and step out of your comfort zone. Paddleboarding is an activity almost everyone can do. Dare to try something different and unforgettable. Create memories you’ll smile about for years to come!

As more people discover the benefits of paddleboarding, it is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Give it a try and find out why during a fabulous getaway at Viva Wyndham