Stand Up Paddle Board

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 20, 2016 11:42 PM GMT
    I live very near North Ave Beach here in Chicago. For the last few summers I've seen people doing the stand up paddleboard right off of the shoreline, I have wanted to try it, but have not done so yet. Anyone tried this? How was it?


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    Jun 24, 2016 4:06 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI live very near North Ave Beach here in Chicago. For the last few summers I've seen people doing the stand up paddleboard right off of the shoreline, I have wanted to try it, but have not done so yet. Anyone tried this? How was it?




    I've been thinking of giving in and buying one this month. Even kids on them seem to zoom right past me on my kayak. And in light winds, they even pass my sailboat. Around here, they go "downwinding." Have someone drive you to a park 12 miles upwind of town and surf the waves all the way back. Everyone else in the marina seems to keep one on the deck of their boat... Where they don't really fit. I suppose an inflatable SUP would be more reasonable. Haven't actually tried one though.

    Plus, there's this:

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    But who am I kidding? I don't have time to play with the toys I already have.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 01, 2016 4:06 PM GMT
    Thanks for the additional video! I enjoyed watching it. He got that body from SUP? Impressive!
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 01, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
    We've got one. They're fun! Great for your core. But they are hard to navigate upstream or up-wind so always start out going the more difficult direction. If the water is calm, they're a breeze to maneuver and surprisingly stable. No real learning curve. You can just hop on and go. We put our 85lb setters on it and even with them shifting around. Tricky to get back on with a dog if you fall away from shore, though. Great upper body exercise. Some even have small coolers you can attach. Or fishing stands (not my thing). Easy to learn. The only issue I have is the same one I have with kite-boarding or sail-boarding-- I have a tendency to try to grip the surface with my toes and sometimes end up cramping. But for me the solution is a pair of grippy rubber water-shoes. And just remembering to not do that. I actually think the best is if you and your mate share one and share a kayak so you can swap back and forth if you get tired. One thing really matters, though and that is you get the proper length paddle so get that at a specialty shop, The handle needs to be the exact right height and the angle of the paddle in the water seems backwards so get someone who knows paddle boarding to advise you when buying. Paddles are uber-light and expensive so it is not just the board. And if you don't have a secure place to store it, there's a locking device you can buy and should.
  • rwsyeep

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    Sep 13, 2016 8:42 PM GMT
    Paddle boarding is a great way to spend time out on the water. I thought it was a great workout for most of your body, really great on your core. I liked the simplicity of getting on the water and going. They are quite a bit lighter and not as unwieldy as a kayak or canoe. Easy to get on and off the car, and a new fun way to be on the water.
    The drawbacks are that they are quite a bit slower than a kayak or canoe, at least without waves to surf. And even then I can surf them in a kayak, so to me the exhilaration of flying through the water with my kayak was something missing in paddle boarding.
    Overall it is a lot of fun, but for me just renting one is good enough.
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    Sep 18, 2016 3:17 PM GMT
    I see paddle boards, kayaks and canoes passing on the river from this home office window, or while sitting out on the patio, the water just 40 feet away. Also fishing boats, but none too big on this stretch of the Middle River because of low bridges. Today's a Sunday with lovely weather, so I expect to be seeing some going by.

    Never used the boards, but have both kayaks and canoes. The people on the paddle boards don't look too steady, nor do they go too fast. The river is very placid, no strong waves or strong wind, we're surrounded by trees inland.

    I prefer a kayak over a canoe, much more efficient, that I find easier to control quickly. And you can store stuff inside, without the problem of it falling off a board. Can even put rudder and sail kits on the larger ones. I have to rent, which we can do nearby, because condo living gives us no place to store one, indoors or out. Hell, I couldn't even get one inside the building and up a floor to our place. Nor do I think I could get a board inside.

    I've always wanted a folding kayak since I was a teenager, that I could store inside. And transport in the car without a need for getting a special roof rack. It just never worked out. And today the hubby won't allow me the indulgence of spending $6-7000 on a toy just for myself. So I rent.

    But the paddle board intimidates me, and I see more advantages for me with a kayak.
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    Sep 21, 2016 5:02 AM GMT
    Finally broke down and bought one, from CL. Actually, a package of two used ones, on the theory that it might make it easier to get people to go with me, or to rent to AirBnB guests. I can always sell the extra one if it doesn't get used.

    I paddled for a couple of hours today. Yes, it's a workout! Although I'm sure some of that was due to the use of force instead of finesse. Anyway, I improved some already. I got last year's model Slingshot inflatables. It's really surprising how rigid they are at 15 psi. Deflated, they fold up and fit easily into a backpack which is convenient to store and transport. (Pumping them up by hand is also good exercise.)

    I glided over a lot of big carp and a few really nasty-looking spawned-out salmon, swimming around waiting to die. Zombie fish! Found a stray boat fender under the bushes near shore. Treasure! These things are paying off already! Paddled past a cruise ship and got my picture taken by a lot of blue-haired ladies. Then back to work. Not sure how many nice days like this we have left...
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    Nov 14, 2016 12:26 PM GMT
    One way to experience using a standup paddle board is to rent one, which you can do here. And it's still warm enough in South Florida. In fact, except for a few weeks around January or February you can use a board all winter long wearing just a swimsuit.

    Then you can judge whether you like the sport enough or not to invest in a board for yourself. Be aware that while there are waterways everywhere in the Fort Lauderdale area, the power boating is pretty busy and that causes waves. Supposed to remain at trolling speed without causing a wake in most canals, but that's almost never enforced so naturally boaters don't comply.

    If you come down here this winter check out a detailed map, you'll see inland water is all around, you don't have to attempt the ocean. Look-up rentals. You can get canoes & kayaks, too. Can be another fun activity during your vacation.
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    Nov 14, 2016 12:46 PM GMT
    Partial map of Fort Lauderdale, including City of Wilton Manors. You can kayak or paddle board around the entire perimeter of Wilton Manors, aka the "Island City".

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