San Diego, California is often referred to as “America’s Finest City.” The area is widely known for its miles of white, sandy beaches and beautiful weather that averages between 60 and 75 degrees year-round. For those looking for a vacation with beautiful beach views and an abundance of activities, San Diego is the perfect location.
While there are various ways to enjoy San Diego’s beaches, paddle board surfing has become a popular activity for individuals looking to create a memorable experience. This exciting outdoor activity dates back to the 1960s when the Beach Boys of Waikiki decided to stand on their longboards to get a better view of the surf. It has evolved since then and boards can be found in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors.
The choices for paddle boards are limitless. Some are created for a specific purpose, such as being tailored more towards fishing. While other boards are more versatile and can be used for an array of purposes.
Lighter, more durable boards are more expensive than soft-top boards that are heavier. You can test out your board in the water before purchasing to make sure it’s the right choice. Plus, there’s always the option to rent paddle boards while at the beach.
Paddle Boarders off of Mission Point Park
Paddle boarding is the perfect combination between kayaking and surfing. However, paddle boarding doesn’t require waves and can be done in different bodies of water. Paddle boarders have the option to choose between standing, kneeling, or sitting on the board while using a paddle to propel themselves forward.
The paddle used is different from a canoe paddle and will have a bend near the blade. It should be anywhere from 4 to 7 inches taller than you. Lighter paddles are more convenient to use because they help reduce any hand fatigue or tiring that a heavier paddle can cause.
SUP, also known as stand-up paddle boarding, is the most popular form of paddle boarding. It is known for being a full-body workout that works your core, improves cardio, and challenges your balance and flexibility. Unlike running which can be hard on the body, SUP has practically no impact.
Paddle Boarding on Sail Bay at Sunset