Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 104

A WATER ADVENTURE If there were ever a “perfect time” for watersports, it would be in the summer. With the sun beating down on you as you travel around a river bend, and the water rushing up the side of your vessel to splash the sweat off of your face, you will feel exhilarated. Watersports will appeal to any adventurer’s appetite for a thrill and a connection to the outdoors. The most popular activities include canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding, and we will dive into the history and the specifics of each sport, as well as name off some of the best places to try them out. Whether you are a consistent fan of watersports, or an intrigued beginner, you are sure to find something that fits your style. Check out these gnarly ways to hang ten, or tear through riptides and stabilize during slacks. If you’re thirsting for the open water, we’ve got your drink of choice! PADDLEBOARDING Paddleboarding originated in: Hawaii – no surprise there! The island waters of this tropical paradise have been the heart of Hawaii’s community for many years, and generations of surfers and water enthusiasts keep coming back to her shores, in search of a great wave and a good time. Paddleboarding, which is also referred to as SUP (standup paddleboarding), is believed to have come about in the 1960s, when the “Beach Boys of Waikiki” paddled out on their longboards to take pictures of tourists that were learning how to surf, and had to stand up to do so. After the 1990s, with the help of Laird Hamilton, a surfing pioneer, paddleboarding became more widely-known, and thus turned into a popular watersport. Paddleboarding "has become THE FASTEST GROWING STYLE OF WATERSPORT within the United States.” Adventure Outdoors 102 Summer 2016 – Travel Channel