How Inflatable Paddle Boards became a Game Changer for Women

The portability of inflatable paddle boards has truly made SUP the perfect sport for women. The meditative aspects of being out in nature with friends and family while keeping their muscles and bones strong are powerful antidotes to the stress of modern-day life.

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Since modern paddle boarding’s resurgence in the 2000’s, the sport has always been popular with women but the drawback for many of them has been transporting large, cumbersome solid boards which meant that renting SUPs was fine but owning one didn’t make a lot of sense. 

When inflatable paddle boards (also known as iSUPs) exploded in popularity over the last 6 to 7 years it was in large part because women realized that they could easily put them in the back seat and pump them up once they got to the water’s edge or toss an inflated iSUP up on a roof rack and then carry it to the water without having to rely on a friend coming with them to help. 

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These days over 50 percent of paddle boards sold are being purchased by women which is a far cry from the number of surfboards that women buy.

Women are currently the fastest growing demographic in the SUP world.  

Part of the reason for this surge in popularity is the fact that you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment or clothing to get started.  It is also not a prerequisite that you have a lot of strength or skill to pick up the sport.  It is accessible to anyone who is near a body of calm water.

Women welcome the comradery that SUPs allow as it’s not difficult to paddle and hold a conversation with a friend.  They also enjoy the fact that they can bring a small child or two with them on their SUP so that they can enjoy the experience with their kids. 

Sometimes their paddle board experience might just be a short paddle session followed by some time spend lounging on the board and chatting with their friends or it can be a time to get the entire family together out on the water.

Women also tend to appreciate the toning aspects of paddle boarding and the fact that it’s a full body workout that really focuses on the arms and core.  It’s a low impact workout that is extremely effective while still being enjoyable. If you're interested in learning more about what muscles and health benefits you get from stand up paddle boarding check out those articles.

With the advent of SUP yoga, women came to realize that they don’t need to be stuck in a cramped, pungent yoga studio but can revel in some time in nature while savoring a yoga experience that is quite a bit more intense than it is on a stationary floor.

 

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Women also tend to appreciate the toning aspects of paddle boarding and the fact that it’s a full body workout that really focuses on the arms and core.  It’s a low impact workout that is extremely effective while still being enjoyable. 

With the advent of SUP yoga, women came to realize that they don’t need to be stuck in a cramped, pungent yoga studio but can revel in some time in nature while savoring a yoga experience that is quite a bit more intense than it is on a stationary floor.

Because women typically have superior balance to men, they find paddle boarding to be particularly easy to pick up.

This means that they don’t have to take a lot of time out of their busy days to master the nuances of the sport.  Most will have it mastered after their first experience out on the water. This tends to be a huge confidence builder for many women.

 

 

 

It’s important for women to get their fair share of Vitamin D as it is one of the best ways to fight bone density issues as we see osteopenia and osteoporosis ravage our older female population.  There is typically no shortage of sunlight on most of our waterways as you are typically away from any trees and foliage that might block the sun. 

The portability of inflatable paddle boards has made SUP the perfect sport for women. The meditative aspects of being out in nature with friends and family while keeping their muscles and bones strong are powerful antidotes to the stress of modern-day life.  The modern woman’s brain tends to be bombarded all day long with thoughts like: “When this meeting ends, I’m going to check to see if we have enough leftovers for dinner. I’ll need to wrap up work by 5 to get the kids to soccer practice.  Yikes, my Mom’s birthday is coming up and I haven’t gotten her anything.” Whereas, when she gets on her SUP out on the water, her mind calms and she can just focus on the water flowing underneath her board and the repetitiveness of the paddle stroke.

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The one word that comes up the most when we ask women why they paddle board is “empowerment”. They love that they can just strap their SUP to the roof of their vehicle and decide what kind of a new adventure they would like to experience that day. 

Once on the water, they also enjoy the solitude of quietly paddling and drinking in their surroundings.  Because their paddle board is almost soundless, they can paddle near the various animals in their waterway without spooking them.

Paddle boarding provides a great form of cross training for women.  Especially since most of the time they don’t realize that they are getting a fantastic workout.  

Some women using SUP as a means to stay in shape during pregnancy.  Because of the strong emphasis SUP has on strengthening the core, it is ideal for pregnant women.  The key factor here is to paddle on a calm lake so that there is little chance of falling.  

If you're interested in learning more we went over the question, "Is SUP Safe for Pregnant Women?" that you can read about here.

 

 

From modern SUP’s inception, there have been quite a few female athletes that have served as role models for girls coming up in the sport. These women don’t confine themselves to one paddle board discipline either.  They are well represented in race, whitewater, surf as well as yoga and fitness.

We are seeing more organizations forming every day with the intent of getting greater numbers of women involved in paddle boarding.  One of these organizations is She SUP’s in Australia.  The goal of She SUP’s is to “Build an all women’s SUP community focused on creating a safe environment for women to try something new, learn, grow, connect with others and the planet and ultimately feel empowered through adventure.”

 

So, women are making quite a splash (bad pun intended) in the wide world of SUP.  And as our contribution to this renaissance, we have created the most stable, long-lasting, performance oriented and transportable iSUPs on the planet.  

If you need some more convincing, check out our article Glide Paddle Boards vs. Competitors.