There’s something so ridiculously calming about staring out at the water, isn’t there?
The vastness that exists, reminding us in such a peaceful way that our worries, our issues, our pains are so much smaller than we believe them to be. It’s important to feel that grounding weight of the world at times. The water is something that not only provides this sense of peace and calm in an otherwise wild world, but it also draws us to explore, to create, it evokes that certain spark of wonderment and adventure in us. The water has the incredible ability to provide us with the feeling that we can go anywhere, see anything, do anything because just beyond that horizon is an entirely different setting than the one we, the onlooker, are currently in. It figuratively and literally gives us life.
When we spend time out on the water, in it, around it, or even just looking at it, it does us a world of good. Think of any time in your life that you’ve been worn out from working too much at a job you don’t love, or stressing about a specific life decision that’s maybe taking up more space in your mind than you’d like. Hasn’t making your way to the closest body of water helped you to find clarity or at least momentary calmness in these types of situations? Doesn’t it remind you of the endless possibilities for exploration that exist? Or, do you love the rush that comes with it? The chance to find your adrenaline, taking advantage of the extreme side of the outdoors. Whatever it is for you, it feels good to be around water.
Imagine the orange warmth of a sunset on your closed eyelids, the subtlety of a late summer breeze that teases the change in the leaves and water, warmed to perfection by a season of fresh memories, calmly churning around under your feet and… you’re standing, on top of it, comfortably.
Stand up paddleboards, or SUPs, gained a lot of popularity in the early 2000s and have since been widely welcomed as a pastime amongst all age groups around the world. The positive effects of this sport range everywhere from stress reduction and meditation practices, to maintaining great cardiovascular health and exercising with low bodily impact or strain. There are few better ways to exercise than to be floating, moving at your own pace while simultaneously engaging your mind, your entire core and improving your balance. The best part is, it doesn’t even really feel like a workout.
Since its rise in popularity SUP’ing has evolved to become even more accessible thanks to the invention of inflatable SUPs. Inflatable SUPs are an incredibly accessible and comfortable way for water lovers of all walks-of-life to spend time out on bodies of water. Without having to worry as much about storage or transportation requirements these boards have opened the doors to so many water-based activities. Ever heard of S.U.P Yoga or S.U.P. meditation? There’s absolutely nothing better than self betterment
in a beautiful setting. With an inflatable SUP it makes it simple to crawl out of bed in time to catch the sunrise from the lake, or to paddle a winding river after a long day.
If the solo SUP life isn’t for you, there are tons of SUP yoga and meditation classes available all over. If you’re looking for an alternative to taking a walk, catch up with your outdoor enthusiast friends, while guiding them through your favourite wilderness water settings. You can even bring inflatable SUPs along on camping trips, the possibilities are endless.
For thrill seekers there are some SUP activities that will raise your heart rate and get your blood pumping. SUP surfing is a hugely popular way to ride waves and surf in a less conventional method. For something even crazier, whitewater S.U.P’ ing is also a thing. The beautiful thing about inflatable SUP’s is that they offer the same amazing width and balance that regular SUP’s do, so tackling these unique pursuits is completely doable. These alternatives to the calm water SUP’ing also happen to make you look really cool.
If you live in a city, at times it can be extremely difficult to ever feel like you can find peace or truly explore the nature around you. Inflatable SUP’s create opportunities for you to get away from the hustle and bustle for a bit to experience the beautiful natural settings that most city areas hide in plain sight. If you live in a more rural setting and you’re simply looking to broaden your exploration horizons, an inflatable SUP is a fantastic way to make that happen. GuidED wants to help get you out on the water to experience the wonders of SUP’ing.
Crew and Axel make amazing inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards that are lightweight enough to let you explore any body of water that you wish to. Their paddleboards are extra wide and super comfortable so you’ll feel balanced and at ease while exploring and experiencing mother nature.
These paddleboards also come with an objectively cool looking backpack for you to stow all of your SUP accessories in, making it breezy to spend more energy on scouting your destination and less time worrying about lugging gear. The compact nature of Crew and Axel’s inflatable SUP package allows you to do something like head out on a hike to your favourite or new-to-you watering holes. They also include a dry bag, so you can store your valuables and electronics while out on the water.
The included dual action pump reduces your pumping time drastically, so your days of running out of oxygen filling a pool floaty are over. There are a bunch of other great features on these SUPs that you can learn all about at www.crewaxel.com , but I’ll leave you with one final note: they have a built in camera mount, which is a sweet way to capture your experience while touring the waterways.
Whichever way you choose to try stand-up paddleboarding, or wherever you choose to do it, the core principles remain: escape, explore and enjoy whatever kind of aquatic setting you like. We’ll see you out there!