Stand Up Paddle Boarding: The fastest growing watersport

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Are you looking for wonderful and different ways to enjoy the gorgeous lakes and waterways of Lake County? Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the fastest-growing watersport in the world. It's adaptable to different levels of ability, so people of an age and fitness can enjoy it.

SUP is an inexpensive and easy way to get out on the water and enjoy nature. It is also healthful---giving you a full body workout to improve your core strength, cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility---without the joint-jarring impact of terrestrial exercise. In fact, another trend that's becoming popular is SUP Yoga, which---you guessed it---is yoga practiced while balancing on a paddleboard.

A nice SUP will cost around $600-$1,100 new. The alternative to buying is to rent a board. Rental rates average $25/hour or $80-$100/day. And if you're new to the sport, you should definitely invest in lessons. which average $40-$75/lesson.

The U.S. Coast Guard classifies an SUP as a vessel, which means you'll need an approved Personal Floatation Device for each person. You should also carry a sound-signaling device (whistle), visual distress signal, and navigation light (flashlight) after dusk.

 


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