Paddleboards were initially developed for use by water skiers to commute between islands and ski resorts. The first paddleboards were constructed of wood with a single paddle wheel on one end. These early paddles were quite effective, but they were awkward to maneuver in small water areas and prone to damage from the waves.
Currently paddle boards are made with carbon fiber or Kevlar composites to be much more buoyant and resistant to the effects of wind, waves and even rain. Most modern paddleboards are constructed of carbon nano-tube frames that are highly lightweight and strong, while still being highly durable. There are a number of different styles of paddleboards, including freestyle boards, which are great for beginners; competitive paddleboards, used by professional surfers; and tandem boards, used for multi-people activities like surfing and sailing. All these different types of paddleboards have their own unique style of riding.
Stand up paddle boards are perhaps the most well known type of boarding bike today. Paddle boarding is a sport that simulates surfing, kite surfing and wakeboarding without the risks of wet feet, getting wet, getting sick and so forth. When you ride a stand up paddle board you stand on your paddleboards propelling yourself forward by leaning on both your paddles. A typical style of stand up paddle board is similar to a kayak or paddle board, but it does not have a bottom. Stand up paddle boards are excellent for people who do not wish to deal with the effects of wind and waves when riding their bike.
Folding paddle boards are great for weekend warriors who wish to cruise down the coast or to visit family and friends. Folding paddle boards come in many different shapes and sizes and are designed for the best comfort and ease of use. One of the wonderful things about fold over paddle boards is that they can be taken apart and stored almost anywhere. You can store them in your car, in your home, even at your office. You can even take them camping – something paddle boarding has never been able to accomplish!
In Paddle Boards to the stand up paddle boards there is the wonderful world of personal flotation devices. A personal flotation device (also known as a PFD) is a buoyant piece of material (usually leather) that you wear while riding a surfboard. If you get into a surf accident you can pull out your PFD and be pulled safely back to shore.
Other types of boards include cruisers, which are very stable boards that can cruise smoothly on many different surfaces. These boards are great for cruising along the coast, as you are not going to hit waves every time you ride your cruisers. Cruisers are also great for surfing or kite surfing, as they offer much better control and stability than stand-up paddle boards. For those who like to go water skiing, a long board is the way to go. The longer the board the less drag you will feel, and therefore the less wind resistance you will experience.
In addition to the above mentioned boards, there are also wide boards and narrow boards. A wide board is one where the bottom part of the board is wider than the top part. This board is great for stand-up paddling. A narrow board is narrower than a normal paddle board and is great for cruising, surfing and other similar activities. Paddle boards vary in size from twelve inches wide, all the way up to forty-two inches wide. Some people like to ride with a paddleboard that is a bit bigger, but most people prefer a paddleboard between twelve and fifteen inches in width.
Another type of paddleboard is the inflatable. You can find inflatable boards made from several materials, including vinyl, nylon, and rubber. Vinyl is the most popular inflatable paddleboard material because it is light weight and inexpensive. It is also easy to clean and not prone to punctures. Nylon and rubber are more expensive, but they are also very high quality. If you are considering going to the water, either of these types of boards will get you plenty of paddling time.