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Why Paddleboarding?

If being smacked in the face repeatedly with a surfboard has put you off reconnecting with nature through physical activity, think again.  Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport amongst adults, offering a wealth of health benefits for body and soul.  Standing on a large surfboard and propelling yourself forward with a paddle may look effortless, but it engages core strength and works on co-ordination and posture whilst giving you a pretty comprehensive full body workout.  It’s also a low impact sport that slowly builds up your strength without putting any major strain on your joints.

A (very) brief history of Paddleboarding

Although the concept of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a modern one, fisherman all over the world have been standing up in their boats for centuries - from gondoliers in Venice to early surfers in Hawaii using a paddle to steer their surf boards, the human urge to drive ourselves forward lies deep in our DNA.  Just plant those feet on the board, toes forward, shoulder-width apart and pull the blade through the water, letting your back muscles do the work.

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Paddleboarding for the Soul

But really the biggest draw is the excuse to get out into the open air and explore nature from your unique vantage point:  gliding through the water in an oasis of calm listening to birdsong and the lapping of water at your feet is truly serenity for the soul. A paddleboard gives you secret entry to those stretches of river bank or shoreline that remain unexplored; a private snapshot of nature or a wonderful weekend mission with friends.  Dog and picnic optional.

Where Can I paddleboard?

Choose from three London locations - go central on The Regents Canal in Paddington and set off through Regent's Park and London Zoo.  Take to the Thames in Kew, stopping for a well-deserved pint halfway or discover Brentford canal, it's surprisingly beautiful. 

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