Kids Take Up Stand Up!
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is becoming the sport of choice for a rapidly growing number of kids and teens. Not only does SUP help young people to build up strength, balance, coordination, and water skills. It's also a very lucrative competitive sport. 15-year-old David Trout took home $2500 in prize money for placing third in the elite race at this year's Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, California. Industry insiders predict that SUP will soon become an Olympic sport.
The most appaeling aspect of SUP for kids however, is the fun factor. "My favorite thing is when the water is like glass and you can see things underneath you," says 10-year-old Grace Towle who paddles regularly in California's San Francisco Bay. Grace also appreciates the cross training effect of SUP. "It helps me develop arm and belly strenght," she says. "I can use those in swimming, rock climbing, and horseback riding."
17-year-old Amanda Kardol who paddles regularly in the Columbia Gorge enjoys being able to spend time on the water without coming in contact with river reeds, which she isn't a fan of. "I feel safe on my board. I can float all alone up there without touching the green stuff," she says. Amanda's 5-year-old sister Olivia hasn't started Stand Up Paddling herself but says she loves riding along on the nose of her mom's board.
Stand Up Paddle High Tide carries several great kids' SUP boards. Any little SUPer would be thrilled to fin one under the tree this year!
To help your child develop balance, strength, coordination and water skills through SUP, check out Stand Up Paddle High Tide's excellent range of kids' stand up paddle boards.
[From: http://standuppaddle.blogspot.de / adaptiert]