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Ten things you must know about stand up paddle surfing: practice this new fashionable sport in Marbella

This year’s fashionable sport is definitely stand up paddle surfing, a fun physical exercise that will leave you with a great body. If you practice it often, it will help strengthen your glutes and abdomen, giving you an enviable figure you‘ll be able to show off this summer.

Famous people like Sean Penn do it in Malibu, but you don’t have to go that far because it’s available in Marbella. The school specialising in this sport in the city offers you the chance to hire the equipment and has instructors who can teach you the basics to get you started.

If you decide to get away this summer, make sure you consider this option that combines surfing and paddling.  This is a new way to enjoy life and sport, which is why we’re giving you 10 reasons why you must go to Marbella to practice stand up paddle surfing.

1. Origins

Stand up paddle surfing is an old form of sliding in which the navigator uses a paddle to move along the water while remaining standing on a surf board. Its most recent history dates back to the 1960s when surfing instructors on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii used their rudimentary canoe paddles to take photos of their pupils. It also enabled them to have better visibility of their group and easily announce the arrival of waves. And so a new form of entertainment was born that has lasted to the present day under the name of stand up paddle surfing.

2. Muscle toning

Keeping your balance and managing to move while standing on a surf board with the help of a paddle makes you move a large number of body muscles. Glutes and abdominals are the most involved, so now you know that if you want to get in shape make sure you head to Marbella to do this sport; a safe bet for sculpting your figure for those summer days that are fast approaching.

3. Weight loss

If you’re a few pounds overweight, this sport is perfect for losing weight. In just one hour you can burn 480 calories at the same time as you work the arms, chest area, abdomen, thighs, legs and glutes. The effort of staying on top of the board and the effect of paddling is what makes us sweat and, therefore, lose that extra weight.

4. Stand up paddle surfing school

Marbella is fortunate to have a school for this fashionable sport practiced by famous people such as Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew McConaughey. If you want to do stand up paddle surfing  in this Costa Del Sol city, this school also has the best training with specialist instructors. If, on the other hand, you don’t fancy doing sport, the school has the option to spend some time in a pleasant refreshment stand sitting comfortably while you drink a cool beer and watch your family practicing stand up paddle surfing.

5. Reduce stress

Clear your mind and recharge your batteries. Contact with the water and the force of the wind generate a feeling of freedom in the person practicing this sport. This exercise helps with coordination and to achieve a psychosomatic balance that combats and reduces stress. If you’re overwhelmed with work and the stresses of your day-to-day life, make sure you head to Marbella to practice stand up paddle surfing.

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paddle surfing

6. For all ages

One of the advantages of this sport is that it can be done as a family because it is suitable for all ages. Both parents and children can practice it together. Furthermore, it allows us to enjoy different landscapes, since you can paddle on the sea, in ports, on lakes, rivers or any large water mass.

7. Health benefits

It is obvious that stand up paddle surfing offers great benefits for our body, since it uses every single muscle. It is also recommended to prevent hip, knee, ankle or back problems. So it helps to work the coordination of our body through isometric exercises that facilitate and strengthen joint movement.

8. Rivers and lakes

If you prefer rivers or lakes to the sea, the Stand up Paddle Surfing School in Marbella also organises outings in May and June, for example, to the River Guadiaro, which flows into Sotogrande in the Province of Cádiz. This is a great opportunity to practice this sport on fresh water.

9. Characteristics

Two characteristics are very important in this sport. First of all, it is practiced on a board that is constantly moving, since it sits on water affected by swells, currents and the wind, in other words, an unstable surface. Second, the board requires paddle propulsion with repetitive movements that generate force applied on the water, therefore, it is necessary to keep your balance when on an unstable surface with the added force applied to the water.

10. Marbella

If you decide to do stand up paddle surfing, head to Marbella this summer. This Costa del Sol city has become a true paradise and the Province of Malaga’s main focal point for tourism. Its old quarters bear the marks of the great beauty that sums up the charm of typical Andalusian towns. This is a place where you can find all kinds of shops and a variety of leisure activities for all tastes. The traditional seafood is another of this town’s charms.

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Paddle Surfing in Marbella

So now you know that doing sport while you have fun, keep trim and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea are just some of the things you can do at this wonderful place. Go on, try it. Get in shape with this new sport!

WHER E TO STAY

The best accommodation option in Marbella is undoubtedly Fuerte Hoteles. This chain with over 50 years’ experience offers you excellent service and is a leader in quality. There are holidays for couples, families or groups of friends and however you travel can be perfectly adapted to these hotels, where you can practice loads of outdoor activities as well as this new sport, stand up paddle surfing. And for the little ones, the hotels have fun and entertaining children’s programmes. Make sure you stay at Fuerte Marbella and Fuerte Miramar if you are travelling to this Costa del Sol city.


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