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Myths About Stand Up Paddleboarding Debunked

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There are many misconceptions that seem to surround paddleboarding. While much of these misconceptions stem from misunderstandings, some of them are based on falsehoods and lies, which has led to confusion in the community. To help straighten all of these lies out, read on. We have debunked and explained some of the most common myths about stand up paddleboarding.

You Shouldn’t Use Your Paddle Board for Surfing

The first and perhaps most common myth surrounding paddleboarding is that you should never use your paddleboard for anything besides paddle boarding. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, one of the biggest selling points of paddleboards is the fact that you can do a variety of different activities besides paddleboarding. While it may be more difficult at first, paddleboards can actually be used in such activities as surfing and even windsurfing, provided that you own the correct attachments and accessories for your board.

You Must Be Over a Certain Age To Go Paddleboarding

Another common myth about stand up paddleboarding that needs to be debunked is that there are age limits for who can paddleboard. While it is always a great idea to have adult supervision when your kids are using a water paddleboard, it is not required by law. In fact, there are absolutely no age limits as to who can go paddleboarding by themselves. Even if this is the case, we recommend always putting safety first and supervising children in the water. This will not only give you peace of mind but will give them another hand in case they do need help at some point.

You Can Only Paddle Board in Designated Areas

The last and probably most impactful myth is that you can only paddleboard in certain areas. While this may be true in some cases, you can paddleboard anywhere you want as long as it is not explicitly outlawed. As such, it is your responsibility to always ensure that wherever you go paddleboarding, you know the laws beforehand and understand the privileges that are afforded to you. However, if you are still worried about the prospect of paddleboarding in an area that may not allow it, you can always check with local law enforcement to find out the best areas for you to go.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our overview of some of the top myths about stand up paddleboarding. Stand up paddleboarding is a great activity for you and your family to take part in. It gets you outside and gets you some exercise. Just be sure you know the rules and regulations before you get into water because that will make it more enjoyable.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.