Historically paddle boarding can be referenced as far back as Polynesian, African, and pre-Peruvian/Columbian cultures. The riding of waves has likely existed since humans begin swimming in the ocean. The idea of surfing is more recently developed by the Polynesian culture. Surfing was a central part of the Polynesian culture and predates any contact by foreign or European establishments. Evidence suggests that the Totora reed boats used in Northern Peru may represent a kind of Proto-surfboard, as it was used to ride waves in a manner that is similar to tomorrow’s sport of surfing. This method was usually the case of the local fisherman and tradesmen rushing back onto shore as quickly as possible. It’s hard to say if it was ever done leisurely, but I can only imagine it was enjoyable.
The origins of paddle boarding can go as far back as the origins of surfing. Standup paddle-boarding originated in Hawaii as an offshoot to surfing. This creative form of surfing allows the paddler to go further into the ocean than the typical surfer. However, paddlers can race on lakes, large rivers, Canals and right breaking waves with the ability to glides over long distances along seacoast often using tailwinds to eight to their trip.
Paddle boarding is not classified as an official sport as it has no competitive mark to be classified. However, the sport is gaining momentum and popularity in extremist communities and beach cultures. Currently, stand up paddling is listed as one of the most popular outdoor activities amongst first-time participants. The average age is 28, and the split between male and female participants is quite even.
During the short, beautiful summer months in the Hamptons,Alexa Largoza – Ania could always be found at a nearby bay, paddle boarding with friends. They all prefer the bay due to it’s calmness which enables them to enjoy as well as to perfect their paddle boarding skills. It is only recent that Alexa discovered her love of paddle boarding.