Stand Up Paddle Board on Panama City BeachAt some time during your vacation here at Panama City Beach you will probably see early morning adventurers taking advantage of the calm ocean waters and playing and exercising in a fun way, called stand up paddle boarding. From the balcony of your vacation condo, you might think it looks difficult, but stand up paddle board (SUP) is actually easier than you think. SUP is also a great way to see our variety of marine life and meet others on vacation too. Here is some information on SUP that will help you decide to make paddle boarding fun for you!
Sizes and Capacity of Stand Up Paddle BoardsGenerally, for recreation use, SUPs come in two sizes, 10 feet 6 inches and 12 feet. The weight of a SUP can start from 20 pounds and go up. The weight range of the boards is 22lbs to 40lbs. Most recreation SUP's fall between 23-34 pounds. Large boards in the 10'6" length can weight close to 240lbs. Average weight capacity in this board class would be close to 225 pounds, and weight capacity varies from board to board depending on construction, materials and thickness. The 12' SUP weight capacity can range up to 375lbs. The length of a board does affect the stability, and the weight of the individual will play a role in the stability and comfort of the rider on the particular board.
Actual weight capacities of stand up paddle boards are determined by the manufacturer, and if the capacity is exceeded slightly, the SUP will certainly still remain buoyant. It's a matter of stability and comfort. Experience of the person on the board also plays a role in determining the best size for the right amount of stability. The more experienced the paddler, the smaller the board they can ride successfully. For anyone close to the recommended capacity of a board, it's best to step up to the next size for a better experience.
Benefits of Stand Up Paddle BoardsThe benefits of SUP include enjoyment of the beautiful PCB ocean water, spending quality time with friends, relaxing, decompressing and better core strength and fitness. Having fun is is very beneficial to your health.
GREAT WORKOUTUse balance and strength to maintain your stance and propel yourself
Easily increase & decrease your workout intensity
CORE BENEFITSSUP is a great core workout, using almost every muscle in the body
Maintaining balance is a large part of SUP, engaging your legs, arms, back and shoulders to propel and maintain your stance
Improve your performance in other sports as your balance and strength increases
LOW IMPACTMuch less likely to damage tendons and ligaments
SUP is great for runners experiencing shin splints, knee or hip pain who want to maintain their fitness level without the impact
Burn lots of calories without damaging your joints
HEALTH & FITNESS BENEFITSGreat cross training benefits
SUP is a simultaneous aerobic and strength training exercise, using all the muscles in the body
Amazing cardiovascular benefits
Improves your cardio fitness
Decreased incidents of heart attack and stroke
Excellent stress relief as your body and mind get into the rhythm of paddling
YOGADoing YOGA while paddle boarding adds an extra dimension of balance and core training
The sun and water enhance the experience