Rowing surfing has its roots in culture Polynesia, but its popularity has grown in the 21st century. Surfers and non-surfers are equally attracted to the water and to standing on it.
It's fun and it's a good physical activity, you should give it a try.
Doing it requires concentration and your mind must be focused throughout your training, no matter what you have done before.
Blane Chambers, Paddlesurf Hawaii
With a board and a paddle
He is a simple and lonely figure.
Little by little, it slides silently through the water beyond the surf line and is, in large part, unnoticed except for the silhouette it cuts with on the horizon.
It is a scene from any era - a board and a rower - but totally contemporary and emblematic, connected to a very attractive sport.
"You'll like it a lot," said Nate Burgoyne, editor and founder of the magazine "Stand Up Paddle Surf," "All you have to do is try it once.
This sport It's not complicated.
All you need is a board, an oar and water, but in that simplicity lies its true beauty, or as the fans of this sport call it.
"Doing it requires concentration and your mind must be focused throughout your training, no matter what you've done before, "said Blane Chambers, owner of Paddlesurf Hawaii." That's why I started, because it's the way I occupy my mind... It's amazing and it makes you want to go out and do it again.
Sports, according to legend, date back to a distant past in Polynesia, but some believe it started in the vicinity of Waikiki, where the beach boys went out to row to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf.
Surfing legend Gerry Lopez remembers seeing surfers in the 1960s, but he wrote previous testimonials from at least 10 years ago.
"George (Downing) said that Scooter-Boy (Joseph Kaopuiki) was carrying his huge and heavy surfboard on his shoulder, to the water's edge, he was introducing it on it, climbing and paddling while standing, with a It was even easier with a stabilizing canoe paddle.
Both Lopez and Laird Hamilton give credit to Duke Kahanamoku for being the pioneer in paddleboarding, but Hamilton was considered the big-wave surfer., who helped bring the sport to the masses.
In a rowing surf magazine, Hamilton told Lopez in an interview that he used the paddle to surf with his daughter, but later found his fellow wave surfer great, Dave Kalama, for whom it was much more than a means of transport or a way to reach a wave.
It was a training tool.
"Most surfers have weak legs.We resemble swimmers in that we have larger upper body and thin legs. And when you're on the wave for a minute, your legs get very tired, "Hamilton said." I feel like I've never been stronger. There is nothing I could have done in my life that would improve my surfing as surfing did. I feel the benefits instantly.
Popularity for the past 10 years has taken paddleboarding from Hawaii to California and abroad, and from the ocean to bays, rivers and lakes.
"The first time I saw him, I said, 'Wow, look what they are doing,' and the only thing I thought was that maybe it would be a good way to fish," said Chambers, who designs and shapes paddling surfboards. "But every time Laird does something, everyone thinks it's a good thing to do, and that's when it starts to come up.
Exercise on the water
There's still no number The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will include data in its next study, said Mandy Lausche, communications manager at SIMA.
There is evidence that due to its physical component, it is paddle surfing is being included in training programs.
Estimates of calories burned per hour range from 250 to 1, 000, depending on the level of effort, since it works the main muscle groups of the body as shoulders, arms, legs, back and chest.
" The benefits I see are that people improve their balance, and are improving their resistance. People are losing weight naturally because they find a way to move that they like. It's physically and visually very stimulating, "said Jodi Kealoha, a personal trainer who teaches paddle surfing at Rainbow Water Sports in Maui." People lose weight and quality of life improves. They love it. "
Kealoha spent about eight years in Los Angeles, where she began her personal trainer career, when she first met rowing surfing.
In 2010, back on Maui Island Kealoha practiced sport and fell in love immediately, she said she teaches students of all ages and body types in her classes, and most of them learn in less than a day, especially if they practice first in gentle water like a river low current or a lake, a little water and a good instructor can be part of any exercise routine.
"That's the best; You can practice it in any type of water, "said Kealoha, who owns her own training company, Luv Urself-Fitness." When you surf, you may need the perfect conditions. But when you're paddling, you can be in the still water or sunbathe or train. The options are endless, that's why it's great.
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Try it and take a class
It's fun to learn an activity on your own, but that becomes a persistent bad habit.
If you are thinking of giving it a try, consider taking a lesson. Jodi Kealoha teaches paddle surfing at Rainbow Water Sports in Maui and said the lessons are easy and do not take long.
"When you sign up for a class, you will learn the basics such as where to stand on your board, how to be in the center to maintain stability, how to carry your board and rowing. surfboards, and people do not realize how heavy they are.
"Then you will learn how to get on and off your board. That's important, and it's always the same, even when your feet do not touch the bottom.
"With regard to rowing, we teach them to stand up, we teach them how to paddle on their knees and the different movements, they can be in a fairly standard posture, which consists of the feet separated by the width of the shoulders and the fingers of the feet forward, simply paddling with the arms, the upper arm in a straight position, which is the basic arm of the rower.
"We also teach turns - back and front turns, and some technical issues such as walking on your board so that you feel comfortable moving your feet, and you're not stuck to it. "