A recent report from http://www.outdoorfoundation.org stated that, among first timers, stand up paddle boarding was the most popular outdoor sport. These days, the typical age of a paddler is 28 years old. The Outdoor Foundation also noted that the number of paddlers in the USA had increased by 2.8 million paddlers for a total of almost 22 million for the year! Paddlers aged 25 through 44 composed the highest percentage of overall SUP'ers. The greatest rate of increase was teens men ages 14-17.
Rigid stand up paddle boards can end up costing anywhere from $600 to $3500 USD. These are hard boards made out
of many layers of fiberglass or reinforced epoxy. The hard outer shell keeps the soft expandable polystyrene foam safe from the elements. Sometimes you'll fine paddle boards with a stringer (a
piece of wood running through the center. These help keep the board's shape as it navigates the waves.
Inflatables stand up paddle boards (aka iSUPs) can be way cheaper. Their popularity has skyrocketed over the past few years and, as a result, the price of inflatable stand up paddle boards has plummeted. You can pick up a decent package for less than $400 USD. When deflated, these boards fit easily into the trunk of your car or truck making them really easy to transport. Inflating takes a few pumps from a hand pump (or quicker if you buy an electric pump).
Boards can range anywhere from 8-15 feet. Longer boards narrow boards tend to be for racing while longer wider boards lend themselves to touring. The wider they are the more stable paddle boards tend to be. Shorter boards have great maneuverability and can be used for surfing.
Water security is used and regulated by way of an extensive range of over-Lapping regulators.
In several regions of the United States, SUP browsing is treated like body surfing, boogie boarding, or alternative types of prone surfing (surfboard riding). No ordinances require the utilization of an individual flotation device (PFD) while using a SUP board in the surf zone. On the other hand, the jurisdictions and principles demanding a PFD may possibly change based on the type of water: other national waterways, inner waters, seaports and surf zone. SUPs were categorized by the US Coast-Guard as boats, like canoes or kayaks. Therefore, SUP riders have to wear a PFD when paddling in certain areas outside the surf zone. Additionally, regions such as Myrtle Beach, SCor Virginia Beach, VA closely control shore and search zones, requiring the usage of leashes on a SUP plank just like regulations for surfboards. These ordinances and requirements might be enforced seasonally all through large- tourism periods or all-year.
No ordinances require the use of a personal flotation device (PFD) while using a SUP board in the surf. In water surroundings that are flat ordinances that are localized may require the usage of a PFD such as on national streams and lakes, rivers. For assured stand paddle boarders up individual threat assessments may demand the usage of PFD's in a teaching environment SUP universities and clubs. Using a lead is always advised in all paddling environments and is a vital item of safety equipment. Special leashes are made for unique uses of the paddle board.