Some knowledge of paddle boards (history, skills, purchase, etc.)


SUP is a kind of standing paddle board, which is a very popular leisure way or sport abroad. Participants can range from two or three years old children to 70 or 80 old people, and even your pet dog hopes you are willing to help me find the answer Q1: If you are given a clean water, would you like to join the sport? Q2: What are the reasons for joining or not joining? Q3: Guess, how many years will it take for this sport to become popular in China?

SUP is a kind of standing paddle board, which is a very popular leisure way or sport abroad. Participants can range from two or three years old children to 70 or 80 old people, and even your pet dog hopes you are willing to help me find the answer Q1: If you are given a clean water, would you like to join the sport? Q2: What are the reasons for joining or not joining? Q3: Guess, how many years will it take for this sport to become popular in China?

Water skiing is a great project to relax and entertain on the water. You can enjoy surfing in the sea and cruising in quiet lakes and rivers with minimal equipment.

Water skiing requires the coordinated movement of all parts of the body and has gradually become a very popular crossover sport. When you stand in the water, you have a unique view of all kinds of incredible and wonderful sights-from the colorful sea life to the trembling sea level.

Do you also want to feel it? You only need a few necessary equipment and a little skill.

Good news: All you need to enjoy the sport is a few simple gadgets.

1: Water Ski: This is the largest input item in your equipment. You can choose the board according to your height, weight, technical level and purpose. Of course, you should also know what kind of board is suitable for the local environment.


2: Paddle: The paddle of the water ski usually has a sheath in the center of the rod to increase the intensity of his use. The selected paddle is generally 15-20CM higher than the user. (Some manufacturers recommend 20-25CM higher)

3:PFD:(Personal Flotation Device Personal Flotation Equipment): The U.S. Coast Guard divides water skis into ships, so there must be personal protection equipment every time water skis. For example, you should always carry a safety whistle and bring a light when you are water skiing after sunset.

4: suitable clothing: when it is cold, wear waterproof clothing or quick-drying clothing to prevent hypothermia. When the temperature is OK, you can wear T-shirts or swimsuits that are more comfortable when you get wet.

5: Lace: Generally speaking, the foot rope is sold separately. The foot rope allows you to connect to your board. If you fall into the water, you can quickly approach the board. Water ski is a good floating object, which can ensure your safety to a certain extent. Lace according to the use of different environment can be divided into surfing foot rope, calm water use of lace, the use of the rapids. Please pay attention to the appropriate lace.


6: sunscreen supplies: like sunscreen and sunglasses

How to transport your board?

Board transportation method

If it is an inflatable board, you can go to the place of use and then inflate. Of course, many friends like to inflate at home and play directly at the water's edge.

Generally, there is a handle in the middle of the edge of the water ski. You can hold the handle with one hand and hold the paddle with the other hand. Walk to the water.

If the distance is longer, you can put the board on the head. Specific steps are as follows:

1: Put the tail of the board on the ground and erect the board facing you.

2: Put the oar on the ground where you can easily hook it.

3: Hold the handles on the two edges of the board.

4: Step back, tilt the board slightly towards you, bend over and put your head in the middle of the board.

5: Hold the edge handle with both hands and jack up the board.

6: Well, pick up your paddle and go play.


Stand up on the board

If you are playing for the first time, it is best to choose calm water, with no boats and floating objects around.

At the beginning, you will find it easier to kneel on the board than to stand up. Next, you will begin a simple explanation. If you start water skiing:

1: The board is placed in the diving place, standing beside the board, the paddle is leaning on the edge of the board like a bracket paddle, and the paddle is inserted into the water.

2: Two hands hold the middle part of the edge of the board, and one hand always holds the paddle.

3: kneel down in the back of the board.

4: kneeling feel the balance of the board. The head of the board will not be tilted, the tail will not sink into the water.

5: Hold one side of the board firmly with your hand to stabilize it.

6: When you feel ready, stand up on one foot first, then stand up. The standing position is the position where your knees are kneeling. Of course, you can also take a friend to help you hold the board and let you stand up.

Water skiing posture:

When you stand up, how do you balance on the board?

1: your feet to stand parallel, keep a hip distance. Stand in the middle of the board, not to one side.

2: Keep your toes forward, knees bent and your back straight.

3: Balance with your hips, not your upper body.

4: Keep your head and shoulders straight and stable, and use your hips to adjust your weight position.

5: visual front, don't just stare at the feet.

6: Like riding a bicycle, when you move forward, it is easier to balance.

Paddle Skill:

When you think you have a good balance on the board, you can really enjoy the fun of water skiing.

Here are some tips for water skiing:

1: When you slide on the right, your right hand holds the lower part of the paddle, and your left hand holds the upper part of the paddle.

2: The curvature of the paddle is facing away from you. At first, your vision may feel unreasonable.

3: Keep your arms straight and feel paddle with your body. Your belly is stronger than your arms.

4: When paddling, push down with the upper hand.

5: First insert the paddle into the water, then pull it down to the ankle and get out of the water.

6: At first, each stroke can be shorter, and you can stroke closer to the board to practice. There is no need to put a lot of effort into the beginning.

7: At the beginning of paddling, paddling with a small power will make your paddling more effective and farther.

8: If you want to draw straight, you can draw 4.5 times on one side and then turn to the other side.

9: When changing sides, don't forget to change the upper and lower positions of your hands.

Turning skills:

There are many easy ways to turn a corner while waterskiing.

1: While paddling control method: As the name implies, you can use the paddle to paddle all the time to turn. Want to turn to the left? Okay, keep rowing on the right. The opposite is also true. Until the board turns in the direction you want. This will generally turn a big turn, requiring a relatively large operating area.

2: Tail paddling method: You can use the paddle to repeatedly paddle on both sides of the tail to adjust the direction.

3: Sweeping and paddling method: Contrary to the first method, this one is skiing from back to front like sweeping the floor on the side that wants to turn.

In addition, when turning, standing slightly back or looking over your shoulder in the direction you want to turn will help you turn faster and better. Turn in the direction of your strength. If you are right-handed, stand in the front with your left foot and press the weight of your body on your right foot. It is faster to move to the right.

Water skiing board is actually very easy to learn, but it is also necessary to make a little preparation for falling into the water that is often unavoidable.

1: When the balance is unstable, make sure you fall into the water, not onto the board. The hardness of the board is relatively strong and it is easy to be injured by collision.

2: If your board and paddle leave you at the same time, grab the board first, then paddle the board to find the paddle. (The place where you can use the foot rope will be much better.)

Once you have tried water skiing once, you will really want a board of your own. So, what kind of board is more suitable?

Leisure and fitness: This includes outdoor sports of a recreational nature, sliding on calm water, or sliding on small and medium-sized waves. Most newbies are in this category. At this time, the first thing you should consider when choosing a paddle board is its stability and ease of operation.

Cruising and racing: This includes long-distance hiking trips, and racing. At this time, the speed at which the paddle board can be selected and whether it is easy to operate should be considered.

Plaining Hull (I really don't know how to say it in Chinese, and everyone will understand the above picture.)

If you want to play all the items on one board, water skiing, hiking, and making small waves, this board is the best choice.

This board is flat and wide, and is relatively similar to the shape of a water ski. Its design focuses on making the board float on the waves or on the surface of lakes and rivers. Many novices will start with a plain hull, because this board is more stable and can be competent for a variety of games.

Displacement Hull

Suitable for long-distance hiking trips and racing.

The front and tail of this board are pointed, similar to kayak and canoe. The sharp front draws the water and divides the water to the sides to make the board move forward quickly.

This shape of the board is longer and narrower than the plaining type of board. This shape is conducive to its rapid progress in the water, but at the same time, its stability is worse than that of the plaining.

The paddle board should be selected according to your size. If the displacement of the board does not match your weight, your board will not be able to pull you out of the water. The volume and weight of the board are two very important reference factors when choosing a paddle board.

Volume: The volume of the board can be expressed in liters. The buoyancy generated by the volume of the board gives the board the ability to carry heavy objects. The larger the volume of the board, the greater the weight it can carry.

If a short board is wide and thick, it can have good buoyancy. Similarly, if the long board is narrow and thin, buoyancy will not work. So, if a 200-pound surfer wants to surf, he can choose a short board with good operability but relatively large volume (wide and thick).

Load capacity: Each board has a certain load capacity. It is very important to know the load capacity of the board. If your weight is too heavy for your board, your board will have a deep draft and it is not easy to ski.

When choosing the length of the board, think ahead, where do you want to ski? The boards you need to surf in the ocean or race in a calm lake are very different.

Also, consider the size of your car and whether it is easy to store and transport. And also consider the distance you take the board to the water, usually in the windy area, long-distance transportation of long boards is still more difficult. In this case, the inflatable board will be more applicable and can be transported to the water's edge and then inflated.

Short board (9 'below 2.8 meters), suitable for surfing. Compared with the long board, the short board has better maneuverability. Generally, children's surfboards are below 2.4 meters.

Medium board (9 '-12' 2.8 m -3.7 m) is the ideal size for multifunctional boards. You can slide in the lake or simply surf in the sea.

Long board (12.6 '-14' 3.8 m -4.3 m), suitable for competition and water hiking. Long boards are faster than medium and short boards and are easier to slide straight. If you're interested in racing or hiking, you'll need a long board to race or glide long distances to your camp.

The width of the board is important to maintain stability. The board can be as wide as 36 "90cm to accommodate a variety of user weights.

Wide board (about 31 '80cm or wider): wide board is more stable and easier to stand on than narrow board. But the speed will be slower than the narrow plate.

Narrow version (29 "-30" 74cm-76cm): The speed of the narrow plate is faster than that of the long plate, but the stability will be worse.

EPS foam material: foam material coated with glass fiber reinforced plastic or epoxy resin is the production method of most boards. Sometimes carbon fiber and plastic are also used, and the weight of the board varies according to the internal structure.

Hollow (hollow core): some mid-range board because of the production process, will use hollow technology. Some high-end boards will also use this technology to reduce the weight of the board and enhance its performance.

Polyurethane foam material: slightly heavier than EPS foam, generally used on entry-level boards.

Inflatable board: The inflatable board is constructed of PVC wrapped drop-stitch material. The inflatable board is more resistant to use, lighter and easier to carry, and easy to store.

The caudal fin can increase water control capacity and stability, and its types include:

Large single fin: This fin is mounted on the base and fixed with a small pin. There is a slot in the base to insert the fin.

Three-fin setting: This setting is conducive to going straight in flat water and is also helpful for control during surfing.

Race tail fin: This straight and hard fin is very helpful for traveling downwind on a longboard. It can be very high to enhance the board's ability to catch waves and flip.

The fins of the inflatable board: The inflatable board has both the tail fin with adhesive rubber and the tail fin that can be removed.

Paddle boards combine the dual functions of water skiing and surfing, and we have the current water ski classification. Water skiing is currently the fastest growing sport in the world for participants. Its equipment grew at a rate of 200 percent.

According to a well-known water skiing coach and water skiing board brand founder, the reason why water skiing can be widely and quickly recognized by the public is that water skiing can not only exercise the muscles of the whole body, but also exercise the central strength, balance and flexible response ability, and these improvements do not require compulsive exercise. In addition, how can you feel that you are exercising hard when you can come outdoors and enjoy the breath of nature on the water?

Although long board is a full-body exercise, people of all ages or physical conditions can try it. Unlike surfing, you don't need wave weather to play. Calm water is the best choice for beginners. "Surfing hasn't become a mainstream sport in the United States because a lot of people don't live near the beach, and the beauty of water skiing is that you can use it in any body of water, from oceans to lakes and rivers."

The history of water skiing can be traced back to around 1960, when the WAIKIKI beach boys used paddles to help make surfing more dazzling. Until 2000, when some of the top surfers began to use paddle boards in order to continue training surfing on calm seas. Today, water skiing has gradually become a mainstream sport. Through the vigorous promotion of the World Paddle Board Federation WPA, water skiing competitions, gatherings, and teaching can be seen everywhere in many countries.

Inflatable water skis are more and more common in water skis. Of course, there are good reasons for this phenomenon. The inflatable water ski is practical, durable and can meet the needs of most water skaters. They're not just a big raft, it's not the same as a raft.

The first inflatable water ski was made by the American water ski brand Uli and was first sold in the United States in 2001. In 2008, Redpaddle, a well-known brand in the United States, followed by the withdrawal of inflatable water ski products. Inflatable wakeboard brands began to emerge in the years that followed, but Uli and Redpaddle were indeed pioneers in the field. The first batch of inflatable water ski products are still in good condition until today, and most of them are still in use! The structure of the inflatable paddles in use today is very similar to that of the first batch. However, the length and shape of the early inflatable paddles are very similar, and are generally between 3.05-3.35M. The thickness is generally 10CM. But early brands and consumers were skeptical of inflatable water skis. Will they work? Will they be recognized by the market? At the time, ULI and Redpaddle were doubted and despised by their peers for their obsession with the development of inflatable water skis. But today, inflatable water skiing board in the world caused an uproar in the field of water skiing board, and effectively promote the recognition and popularization of water skiing board activities.

Compared with 5-6 years ago, today's inflatable water ski market scene is very different. There are not only many brands, but also many shapes and sizes that you can hardly imagine. Including other brands that ridiculed ULI and Redpaddle in the early days, there are few brands that do not have inflatable water skis in their product lines. But not all inflatable water skis you want to choose. They vary greatly in construction, shape, firmness and quality. By 2015.8, there were more than 30 brands on the market, but only half of the products were reliable. Be careful when buying.

Inflatable water ski is made of PVC, nylon cloth, glue and air. The main material, perhaps all of you have heard of, is called "drop-stitich" brushed air cushion. This material allows the water ski to be shaped accordingly and is strong when inflated. This was even first used by Koreans to make inflatable beds, inflatable swimming pools and hot buckets. The thickness of this material is different and the transportation capacity is different. Place the brushed air cushion on the ground, cut it according to the template, and then glue the edges with PVC to form an air bag. Dig out the air valve port, press the air valve, and then the board can be inflated with the air pump. Another thing to talk about is making boards of different shapes. The most common methods are heat and pressure. Another method is to cut the head and tail of the board into different shapes, and then glue and PVC. An extra layer of PVC can make the board and edges stronger, but it also adds weight. Generally speaking, inflatable boards are handmade, which is why the quality of different brands and even the same brand boards will be different.

The answer, of course, is NO. There are many reasons why boards are different.

Material: Generally speaking (can be used in all things) good goods are not cheap, cheap goods are not good. Good brands generally use good quality materials. The best boards are made of brushed air cushion material and top quality nylon wire, giving the board a higher strength. The greater the number of wire drawing, the lower the bending rate of the board. Some brands will use this as an advertising point, and you can feel it yourself.

Thickness: The thicker the board, the harder it is. This is also why it is recommended that heavy customers use thick boards. The thickest board is 15CM. Some brands have also tried to make thicker boards, but the experience of the board is very bad because it is too far away from the water to perform good paddling operations.

Shape: Most brands produce boards of different shapes and sizes to meet the needs of different consumers. Generally speaking, all-around 320CM board brands are similar, but there will be great differences between different brands of surfboards and racing boards. For example, the shape of the tail may be very different, so that each board has a different feel and performance.

Fins: There are many types of fins, but they are generally divided into two types. One is fixed on the board and the board is integrated, and the other needs to be installed on the board. Fins that are integral with the board are generally very durable. They can withstand strong knocks without damage, with a certain degree of softness and flexibility. But it also means that they perform slightly worse than the hard fins. Hard fins are usually installed on the board through small bolts or bolts. This kind of fin has good performance, but it is also more fragile. When the board starts and returns to the shore, you should pay more attention and pay more attention not to touch stones.

Weight: Generally speaking, due to the different quantity and quality of PVC used in the board, the weight of the board is different. If the whole board to add a layer of 0.8MMPVC, will increase a lot of weight. Brands have made different boards according to the different users of the board. If you are light and have a long walk to the beach, a light board will suit you. But if you're doing different exercises like water skiing, surfing, white water rapids, etc., then a slightly stronger and heavier board will be more suitable for you. But with the rapid development of board technology, may not be in the future, there will be a lighter weight and stronger board, let us wait and see.

This is a frequently asked question. When one board can only be inflated to a pressure value of 12psi, the other board can be inflated to a pressure value of 25psi. This depends on many factors, such as the structure of the board, the thickness and a clear understanding of the maximum inflation value of the board.

Some board structures can withstand greater pressure. Generally speaking, the pressure value of the recommend with large PVC thickness of the board will be greater, on the contrary, the thin one will be smaller.

The thickness of the board determines to some extent how much inflation is to be rushed in. For the same one-meter board, a 10cm board needs to be filled with more gas to show the same hardness as a 15cm board.

To clearly know the maximum inflation pressure value of the board. A good brand should know the inflation pressure value boundary of its own products, and have been tested to determine the critical point of inflation damage of the board. (Generally speaking, there is a certain distance from their recommended value.) Be careful with some boards that sell very cheaply and recommend a pressure value of only 10psi. It is very likely that they have not tested the pressure that the board can withstand and have no idea of the ability of their boards.

Easy storage and transportation are the two most obvious advantages of inflatable water skis. It can be conveniently placed in the trunk of a car or in a storage room under the stairs. This is why many people like to choose inflatable water skiing board.

Durable and durable. For inflatable water skis, small trouble is less. Generally speaking, it is not easy to find a soft lawn to place your hard board when you come out of the water to do something else temporarily. Sometimes you can only put it in the parking lot. However, you are more concerned when the board is in good condition. When the board has the first scratch, you will not care so much about where to place it. So for a hard board, its best condition is when it is taken out of the store. But the inflatable water ski is different. If it is properly stored, even if you take it out two years later, it will still be the same as the original. (Unless it's chewed by your puppy!) And for children, inflatable panels are also a priority.

Easy to sell: Due to the above two points, inflatable water skis are better sold than hard boards. Just load it up, pack it up and ship it away. Even though it was run over by a truck, it came out the other end intact. In addition, the second-hand board of the inflatable water ski will be more comfortable to buy. As long as he doesn't open the glue, there will be no other problems, and the effect of drawing is not much different from the new one.

In addition to the sales aspect, the inflatable board also has some shortcomings. To sum up, there are two main aspects: the shape of the edge and the hardness of the board. For inflatable water skis, the shape of the edge is the same from the head to the tail, which will affect the speed and operation of the board. The shape of the head and tail also has a great influence on the performance of the board, which is also the place where the inflatable water ski is difficult to improve.

Racing board: if you want the board to be faster, the edge of the board will be thin and sharp, especially the edge of the tail of the water ski will be thin, so that it will not tail. This is also why the edges of the tail of the hard board are thin. And the harder the board, the stronger the forward power of the board. Therefore, a hard board racing board will be faster than an inflatable racing board, especially in waves.

Surfboards: round edges are easier to grasp, but if the edges can gradually change from round to sharp, they will be easier to manipulate and the effect of catching waves will be better. Inflatable water skis are not as good as hard boards. When surfing with inflatable boards, you find that you need to use more force on your back foot to perform better when turning.

This question is difficult to answer. It involves many convenient reasons, such as exchange rates, production costs, direct sales or distribution, research and development costs, and quality control. Today we will only discuss the following three points: 1-direct sales 2-research and development costs 3-quality control

Direct selling mode: direct selling mode is a very popular mode in the world at present. This model is based on factory production, using some well-known websites or sales channels to reach the end consumer directly, omitting the middleman link (dealers, shops, etc.). This product 99% quality will not be particularly good. This is because the big brands will spend a huge amount of time, experience and money to test the board, in order to better the quality of the board. And through continuous testing, to ensure that reaching the consumer's hands of the board continues to maintain a comparative level of quality. These brands will sign agreements with their own factories or outsourced factories that do not allow them to sell directly to foreign companies.

Buying boards from the store will obviously be slightly more expensive. But you will get more product information and usage advice from the store. And the products in the store will provide after-sales packaging to prevent any problems with the board. Buying goods from a store or brand owner can ensure that your board can find accessories more easily or solve problems faster without extra trouble when you need to replace accessories or have problems. Retail stores are not willing to enter some quality problems or after-sales incomplete board. When you buy a board, do some research in advance. If you can't find any information about the board, please don't rush to buy the board because it is cheap.

In the past two years, we have seen a leap in technology in the field of inflatable water skis. For example, the RSS system of Redpaddle and the PVC material of RRD are combined with Kevlar strip technology. It is difficult to foresee what new technologies will emerge in the structure and shape of inflatable water skis in the next few years. But one thing is for sure, as the brand increases research and development efforts, the performance of inflatable water skis will get better and better. I feel that the development trend of inflatable water skis will develop to hard board, but still retain the advantages of inflatable water skis.

The life of the inflatable water ski is still unknown, because the first inflatable water ski is still in use today and performs well. Of course some of them have been soft, but not broken. Maybe one day in the future, we will see some fences made of old inflatable water skis. These inflatable water skis, although old, can still be used.

Inflatable water ski, some people like it very much but some people don't like it very much. But at present, one thing is certain, inflatable water skis are indispensable in the water skiing industry. Personally, I started using inflatable water skis as soon as they entered England. There are many well-known brands with good boards. Although they are slightly more expensive, they are still worth buying. So before you buy a water ski, I suggest you do more research and use it first. If you buy the right board, you can enjoy them happily for many years, and maybe they will live longer than you ~

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