Combine the right equipment with adrenaline, physical exertion, and water and you have action water sports.
When you think of action water sports, is it of the Olympic pros? It’s not only for the professionals so don’t let that stop you.
Here’s a list of action water sports to have fun and stay fit this summer.
There are different kinds of kayaking: whitewater, sea, touring, recreational, sit-on-top, fishing, and camping to name a few. If this water sport interests you, you need to know what type of kayaking you’ll be doing before buying your equipment.
Kayaking is an active water sport for everyone. Kayaks are available for anyone of different shapes and sizes whether you need a kayak for big guys or the ability to adapt the vessel to your needs.
Once you have your gear, a body of water, and learned the necessary strokes and skills, you’re ready to set out.
Surfing is one of the first activities most people think of when they hear action water sports and there are between 17 and 35 million surfers worldwide. This sport takes a lot of practice and it’s one of the most difficult to learn. Keeping this in mind is important if you’re determined to stick with it.
Pick a surfboard for your body. Your fitness level, weight, and age are big determining factors and don’t go for the most expensive or attractive board.
Find a spot for beginner levels and have someone show you basic techniques and don’t forget to learn about surfing etiquette.
3. Stand Up Paddleboarding
Standing on a board in the water doesn’t seem like an active water sport but it’s a full-body workout.
First, you need the right gear and to learn the basic techniques. Pick a calm body of water to practice and bring a friend or two. This sport tests your balance and stamina so don’t be surprised if you’re done after an hour.
Watching the professionals makes this sport intimidating but don’t let that stop you. This sport is about going with the flow.
The three basic types of wakeboards are boat, park, and hybrid. Choose a board you feel comfortable with and get familiar with it. When you have your board and protective gear, it’s time to get out on the water.
Standing upright is the first difficult thing to master so start slow and take it one step at a time.
Many windsurfers call themselves sailors. Windsurfing is like a cross between sailing and surfing. A sail is attached to a board that uses the wind to propel itself forward on the water.
You need a board, a rig, a wetsuit, and to learn the list of terms associated with windsurfing. This sport has a longer learning curve so you need to have patience and dedication but don’t let that stop you.
What Are Your Favorite Action Water Sports?
Interested in trying one of these action water sports this summer? Like any other sport, it takes practice. Don’t expect to get it right away but don’t give up either! Even the masters needed to put in the time and effort to get to their skill level.
What’s your favorite action water sport? Leave a comment below and check out other articles on my blog.