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If you love yoga, you’ve probably heard that stand up paddle board yoga is the new way to practice mindfulness and get out on the water. Yoga on SUPs (stand up paddle boards) involves the same poses as on land, but the challenge (and reward!) is that much greater. The elements like wind and current make it a balancing act, even for the pros.
But fear not – SUP yoga isn’t just for the most practiced of yogis. Here are some yoga poses that everyone can do.
- Easy Seated Pose: Facing the front of your board, sit with your hips on the handle and let your hands rest on your knees. Sit up straight and take deep abdominal breaths.
- Plank: Keeping your body in a straight line, stack your shoulders above your wrists and rest on the tips of your toes.
- Downward-Facing Dog: Rest on your hands and feet, sending your hips up and back, straightening the legs. Gaze at the horizon behind you.
- Tree: Bend the right knee, resting the right heel against the left leg. Lift your arms above your head and hold for balance.
- Modified crescent lunge: Lunge forward with one knee and straighten out the back leg. Reach up and behind you, lengthening your arms.
- Warrior: Step forward with one foot, bending the knee. Keep your other leg straight with the foot pointing forward. Lift your arms parallel to the board, breathe, and find your balance.
Remember, falling is part of the experience! A refreshing splash into the sea is a nicer welcome than falling onto a hard floor.
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We all know that yoga is one of the best ways to move our body and ground our mind. Similarly, most of us beach bunnies take to the waters to clear our heads and get in some much-needed exercise. Well now you can combine these two! Stand up paddle board yoga (or SUP yoga) takes people out on the water to practice yoga on their strong, sturdy SUP! Intrigued yet? Read on.
SUP yoga can be practiced on the ocean, a lake or river, or even an urban waterway. Think of this unique activity as excitement meets mindfulness.
Check out the top benefits of SUP yoga:
This activity helps to keep you in the present. You have no choice but to focus on yoga when floating on your board. This is when a greater since of mindfulness develops.
You don’t have to be an advanced yoga student to partake in SUP yoga. Anyone can practice and challenge themselves at their own pace.
Muscles are challenged in a different way when you’re floating steady on water. Modifications are needed to create balance in yoga poses, making your body work harder.
No practice is ever the same. The wind and water conditions are always changing, and you get to experience the beautiful outdoors every time!
Better yet, the consequence of losing focus and falling is a refreshing splash in the water, rather than a fall on a hard floor!
At BruSurf, we want you to have fun out on the water! Our expertly crafted stand up paddle boards are just what you need to hit the waves and practice yoga. Learn more about how we’re the right fit for you – from surf boards to body boards, we have you covered.
White sandy beaches, crystal blue open waters, fresh, coastal air, and warm, gentle sunshine. It’s easy to see why beaches and the ocean are such a popular vacation destination and why surfing and stand up paddle boarding are such appealing activities to so many people.
However, in your rush to adventure and tropical paradise, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. While at first look it may seem like all you need for a great, relaxing surfing or paddle boarding trip is a surfboard or paddle board and the thirst for adventure, there’s more to it than that.
Both activities require slightly more equipment than that to make sure things go as smoothly and enjoyably as possible, and there are more than a few things to keep in mind before you book your ticket.
Fortunately, this guide is here to help you out and fill you in on everything you’ll need to pack up and make sure you’ve got alongside you. With a bit of pre-planning, foreknowledge, and preparation, you can make sure your surfing or stand up paddle boarding trip goes beyond just being a great trip, to becoming the best trip you can possibly have—one that provides you with a lifetime of treasured memories and experiences.
So, read on and find out what is the essential equipment needed to have the experience of a lifetime!
Ever since surfing first became part of the main stream, it has been enormously popular and the source of countless slang terms, fashion trends, and pop culture inspiration. From the surfing musicals of the 1960s to the laid-back stock character appearing in movies and television even today, few sports and activities have ever captured the national attention in a way like surfing has.
Surfing isn’t the most equipment intensive sport out there in the world, but there are a few essentials that you can’t forget if you’re determined to have a good time:
- A surfboard: This one may seem obvious, but you can’t very well expect to enjoy a day of surfing without one, can you? If you don’t have your own, you can certainly rent one, but whatever surf boards you end up using come down to personal preference and the prevailing water conditions.
- Wax and a wax comb: Surf wax is essential for dressing and preparing a surfboard, making the surface of it more tactile and rougher, which is essential for grip when attempting to stand or stay on it in the water. A wax comb is a sort of surfing-specific multi-tool that has at least one jagged edge and one smooth edge. The smooth edge is used to remove old wax, which is how you get the best results between applications, and the jagged edge is used to rough up the layer of wax, improving traction. You’ll generally find that it’s cheaper to buy your wax beforehand and bring it with you, rather than get price-gouged at the beach by people taking advantage of those who didn’t plan ahead.
- Fins and a fin key: Fins can easily break and, without them, it’s going to be very difficult to impossible to steer your board. With spare fins, you can turn what could ruin your day on the waves into simply a minor annoyance. A fin key, of course, is the tool you need to swap them out.
- Leashes and leash ties: A good leash can mean the difference between spending all day on your board having a great time, or sadly watching it disappear or hitting the rocks. Investing in a quality leash and a couple of backups can be the small investment that ends up saving you the cost of a new board down the line.
- Wetsuit: If you’re from somewhere warm in the summer, water in the low 70s may sound like a nice, refreshing dip, but you’ll find that it’s too cold to spend all day comfortably in it. A wetsuit will let you stay warm while you’re spending most of the day submerged.
- Board shorts and rashguard: When the water is warm, however, board shorts make life simple, letting you easily transition from the water to the street with the simple addition or removal of a shirt. Rashguards are a great choice for the added sun protection and heat they provide.
SUPS have been gaining popularity in recent years. People are drawn to it the sport because it’s an easy, relaxing way to enjoy ocean surf, placid lakes, or riverways with a minimum of gear. Here are the necessary must-haves:
- Board: Another no-brainer but, if it’s your first time out, you’ll want a longer board, with a generous width for maximum stability.
- Paddle: A paddle needs to be one specifically made for SUPs and should be around 8 to 15 inches taller than you, to make it easy to reach forward and paddle through the water.
- PFD: The Coast Guard has classified paddle boards as vessels, meaning that you need a personal flotation device whenever you’re on one. The most popular type is the waist PDF with and inflatable cord and CO2 cartridge.
- Water: Not the water you’ll be paddle boarding on, but water to drink. When you’re out paddle boarding under the sun, even if it’s a calm day, you can easily get dehydrated. A wearable hydration pack with a flexible straw that loops over your shoulder is the most convenient style.
- Snacks: Nothing will ruin a fun day out on the water like hunger cravings. Bringing some high-energy snacks like trail mix or protein bars along with you in a fanny pack will go a long way toward curbing your appetite.
- Proper clothing: A wetsuit or other insulating outfit will be necessary in colder climates, to prevent hypothermia. On longer trips, this will be vital once the sun goes down.
- Emergency kit: As paddle boarding can be enjoyed along remote lakes and rivers, it can sometimes take you far from civilization. Make sure you have survival essentials like glow sticks, emergency blankets, signal devices, and a radio.
- Dry bag: All your essentials and your supplies won’t be very useful if they take a dip in the water and get soaked. Stuffing everything into a dry bag and lashing it to your leg or arm will make sure your items stay dry and close at hand.
Tips to Make Your Trip a Success
No matter whether you’re going to take a stand up paddle boarding or surfing trip, there are some tips to keep in mind to make sure that your trip is the best trip it can possibly be:
- Know the weather and water conditions: Your surfing trip is going to end up being very short and unsatisfying if there are no waves. Likewise, you won’t have a lot of fun paddle boarding down a river if it’s pouring rain nonstop. Make sure you plan ahead and can adjust your trip to account for inclement or less than ideal weather.
- Sunscreen: When you’re out on the water all day, there’s very little natural sun protection, particularly while surfing. Making sure to apply sunscreen early and taking the time to reapply often, can mean the difference between waking up the next morning, ready to enjoy another fun day or waking up the next morning in total agony.
- A positive attitude: You’re on vacation! Relax!
So you’ve caught the surfing bug bad, and you’ve decided that your destiny lies on surf boards out in the open water slapping up against a warm, sandy beach, where you can go out riding waves and shooting the curls. Before you seek your fortune, glory, and inner peace out on the ocean, first you’re going to have to learn to stay on a board.
Fortunately, there’s a variety of board that’s just perfect for beginners learning the ins and outs of surfing. They’re called soft boards.
Soft surf boards, so named because they’re constructed of a soft foam, are made with oversized dimensions. The buoyancy of the foam makes them easy to catch waves while riding on one, and the size makes them exceedingly stable, allowing you to stay upright on the water better. The softness of the foam also minimizes the potential for injury from impacting with a board in the water. For an adult, a good size for one is about 8 feet and about 6 feet for children.
If you’re serious about surfing, a better idea might be to rent one. Odds are, you’ll advance too quickly to be using it for very long, and then you’ll just have to buy a regular surf board not too long after buying your soft board. However, if you’re buying a board for a child who won’t be advancing very quickly or for yourself to take a surfing trip once or twice a year, purchasing one can be a great idea.
Stand up paddle boards, or SUPs, have been increasing in popularity in recent years. With one look, it’s easy to see why. They’re a great, relaxing way to have fun out on the water, without needing to invest a lot in equipment or spend a lot of time honing a skill.
As the birth of stand up paddle boarding began with surfers standing up on their boards and paddling through calm waters, it’s no surprise that the places where people love to surf are also places that are great for paddle boards. As surfing is practically synonymous with Southern California, there are plenty of great places for stand up paddle boarding.
San Diego is home to many gorgeous sights and breathtaking views and plenty of crystal blue water to explore. It’s a great destination to book for your stand up paddle boarding trip, and there are some things you need to be sure not to miss:
- USS Midway: Aircraft carriers are seriously big, and you won’t appreciate just how big until you’ve been near one and seen it up close. Fortunately, when the U.S. Navy retired the Midway, they decided to turn it into a floating museum.
- Coronado Island: Central Beach and Silver Strand Beach are not to be missed, due to their miles of glittering mica sand and on-duty lifeguards.
Santa Barbara Harbor
Not only beautiful but perfect for SUP beginners. Santa Barbara Harbor has a launch specifically for paddle boards, making it easy to get out onto the water and start having fun.
Surfing has been a competition sport, for quite some time, with various events, like the 2017 WSL CT (World Surf League Championship Tour), which kicked off back in March and attracted the top names in surfing. For 2017, there is a total of seventeen women and thirty-four men competing, including John John Florence, the 2016 champion.
The men’s surfers hail from all over the world, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, France, Tahiti, South Africa, Portugal, and Italy. The women’s surfers come from France, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. It is sure to be an exciting season as we watch to see who will be the champions this year!
Professional SUPs Paddlers’ Competitions Growing for 2017
Stand up paddle boarding is a new sports competition that has been gaining interest from both men and women. Just a few short years ago, there were only a small number of participants in competitions. It was not uncommon to find around five men who would finish the competition with fewer than twenty entrants.
Today, that has changed and, now, placing in the top 20 at a major completion is considered a big accomplishment. On the women’s side of the sport, things were similar to the men’s, with few competitors. For 2017, the number of women entering competitions has also increased and has made the sport more challenging, even for reigning champions.
Here at BruSurf, surfboard and paddle board supplier, we are excited about both sports and encourage people of all ages to take advantage of competitions to enhance their skills. Do not hesitate to contact us directly at (949) 600-3780 for help finding the best surfboard or paddleboard to suit your needs!
The next time you visit your favorite beach to catch some waves, do not be surprised if you run into one or more of your favorite celebrities. There are several celebrities, from actors to musicians, who enjoy surfing just as much as you do when they can find the time.
- Lady Gaga – When not acting or singing, this celebrity enjoys surfing and finds it a fun way to exercise and unwind.
- Chris Hemsworth – “Thor” enjoys catching some action in between filming and is pretty good at surfing.
- Emma Stone – Who knew this actress, who grew up in Scottsdale, AZ, could surf? She likes finding waves whenever she can.
- Scott Caan – The Hawaii Five-O star grew up surfing, so it was exciting when he was cast in one of the leading roles to give him plenty of time to enjoy the choice waves in Hawaii.
- Matthew McConaughey – While his surfing abilities on film might be comedic, in real life, Matthew does know how to and enjoys surfing.
- Rihanna – The star admits she is not really that good at surfing, but she does enjoy lying on the board or using a paddle board, instead, when she wants to relax at the beach and spend time in the water.
- Taylor Swift – The singer is better at stand up paddle boarding than on a surfboard, so she prefers “surfing” using a paddleboard.
Whether you are an avid surfer or a beginner, it is important to remember that part of the enjoyment of surfing requires the right boards from surfboard suppliers, like us, here at BruSurf. Call us at (949) 600-3780 for further assistance today!
The first thing you need to know is that standup paddle boards (SUPs) come in several different styles, shapes, and sizes, and paddle board suppliers sell SUPs for specific purposes.
- Family SUPs – These boards are wider and offer better stability.
- Surf SUPs – Surf styles are designed to be shorter for faster turning in waves.
- Yoga SUPs – These SUPs feature deck pads and are wider to provide stability while moving through various yoga stances.
- Cruise SUPs – These are ideal for streams and creeks and are normally longer and have space to take along fishing gear or other items.
- Race and Fitness SUPs – These boards are narrow and long, to provide speed for fitness training and racing.
Now that you know about the differences in boards, the second thing you need to consider is what type of paddle boarding you intend to do. Some SUPs are designed for multiple purposes.
Next, you need to consider the size and shape of the board and choose one that will best fit you and your skill level. Wider boards are better for beginners, as they offer better stability.
The fourth thing you need to think about is where you intend to store the SUP when you are not using it. Ideally, you want to store inside your home.
Last, consider how you intend to transport your board. Your vehicle should have sufficient space to accommodate the board; otherwise, you might need to invest in a roof rack.
One other thing you will want to consider is the quality of the materials used to make the SUP. For assistance in determining what materials are best for your needs, it is best to speak directly with an expert, like those here at BruSurf. Feel free to call us at (949) 600-3780 now!
Waves of Impact and Semper Fi Fun hosted a three-day surf camp from March 31st to April 2nd, 2017, in San Onofre Beach at Camp Pendleton in California. BruSurf was excited to partner with these great organizations for vets and provide the wounded vets with access to surfboards, body boards, standup paddle boards (SUPs), and other equipment, as well as surfing instruction to help get them in the water.
For many of the vets, this was their first experience catching waves off the coast and learning how to paddle board and surf. Vets participated in the three-day camp from all branches of the military, along with vets from Team Semper Fi, Semper Fi Fund’s rehab program for wounded vets from all branches of the military, which focuses on using water therapy.
Volunteers from BruSurf were in attendance to provide surfing instruction and tips, and to teach the vets the proper techniques and stances. The vets enjoyed learning how to surf and use the various kinds of equipment as they prepared to get into the water.
You could just see the happiness and joy on the vets’ faces as they smiled, laughed, and cheered each other on as they took to the water. Some vets enjoyed surfing so much they have decided to continue to develop their skills, as well as to participate in future surfing camp events.
For more information about paddle boards, surfboards, and other surfing supplies, please feel free to contact BruSurf at (949) 600-3780 today!