River or Ocean Paddleboarding?

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River or Ocean Paddleboarding?

Paddleboarding has taken the recreational surf scene by storm over the last few years! Appealing to both new and regular water shredders, this water sport is a great way to get amongst it while also trying something new. One of the best things about paddleboarding is how accessible it is, and the nature of the sport means that you can take your board almost anywhere for an awesome experience.

However, you may be wondering what location is best for you and your SUP. Many people will take their paddleboard with them to discover the calming rivers and the rippling seas, and there are positives and negatives for both these options. Check out our guide below on where is best for your next inflatable SUP board adventure!

Advantages of River Paddleboarding

Many people start with stand-up paddleboarding along rivers and canals because these are the perfect places to learn the craft! Most UK rivers fall under the international grading system of 1 (the calmest waterways) to 6, and it is this environment that makes it perfect for newcomers to the sport.

Calm waters will allow you to focus on the essential techniques of SUP, enabling you to master the board and paddle before you try anything more challenging. Also, the calming nature of paddleboarding along a peaceful lake should not be underestimated – it is a wonderful experience that every paddleboarder should experience!

Two people paddleboarding along a river during autumn

Disadvantages of River Paddleboarding

One of the biggest disadvantages of rivers and other inland waterways when it comes to SUP is understanding where you can or cannot do it. Many of these locations are privately owned in one way or another, so it is recommended you do your research on where you wish to SUP before you head out.

Also, while there are different grades regarding a waterway’s choppiness, it never really compares to the speed and action of paddleboarding along the sea. Therefore, it is likely that there will come a time when the adrenaline junkie inside you wishes to test out their new skills!

Advantages of Ocean Paddleboarding

When it comes to thrilling water sport action, nothing compares to the ocean waves, and SUP is no exception to this rule. The experience of trying to keep up with the movements of the water beneath you is exhilarating, while paddleboarding in the sea still gives you plenty of opportunities to leisurely float along, enjoying the picturesque horizons.

Another advantage of ocean SUP is that the restrictions are much lower. You are free to paddleboard wherever along the coast you like – all you need is your board, paddle and sense of adventure!

SUP paddleboarding along the coast

Disadvantages of Ocean Paddleboarding

One of the most significant drawbacks of ocean paddleboarding is that the choppy nature of the sea can make it noticeably more challenging to stay upright. Even skilful paddleboarders can find it challenging in certain conditions, so you need to be both knowledgeable of the SUP techniques and also prepared to fail before you master the waves. As mentioned previously, it is widely recommended that you learn the basics of SUP on a quiet inland waterway first, before trying your hand at these challenging conditions.

This blog is a basic overview of the pros and cons of two different paddleboarding environments. However, it should be said that for many people who enjoy SUP, they both go hand-in-hand. The rivers, lakes and other inland waterways offer the perfect location for learning the fundamental techniques, while they also make for a totally relaxing day on the water. Once you’re ready for a more exciting experience, then the ocean waves present an exhilarating challenge full of speed, where your technique will be tested amongst beautiful blue waters. Take your time to explore the benefits of both environments for yourself and who knows, maybe you’ll find that perfect spot for your favourite hobby!

Here at F-One, we offer a range of SUP packages and accessories, perfect for those starting out or looking to take their game to the next level. If you are one of those searching for a new hobby on the water, why not check out our top tips for new paddleboarders?