The dirty little secret about surfing the Atlantic Ocean along lowcountry beaches is there is not an overabundance of opportunities to catch that gigantic wave. Just the nature of the beast in flat shallow waters that one is more prone to surf on the longer gentler breaking waves such as you are likely to find out on the beaches of Tybee Island or the myriad creeks and waterways all the way to up to Charleston and beyond as this Shem Creek paddleboarder photo indicates. Paddleboards are nothing more than massive surfboards that you stand up on and paddle that are approximately twice the size of regular surfboards. This stable platform allows the oar wielding surfer to travel further in an upright position as well as see further in identifying incoming waves. Retooled back in the 1920’s by legendary surfer, Tom Blake, it is hard to improve on the basic design that dates back to ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures who understood how best to maneuver around their island homes.
If supply and demand has anything to do with it, paddleboarding will be the next hot new thing on creeks, rivers and seashores this summer in spite of the entry level price tag of $1200 - $1400 including paddle. The benefits of this new board design are immediately recognizable when you consider that you are likely to maneuver farther faster with a paddleboard versus the traditional kneeling and scooping action required to use normal surfboards and consequentially you are prone to do three times more wave riding from further out. And talk about an effective cardiovascular exercise regimen in every way. Many paddleboard enthusiasts are already singing the praises of the killer workout for the core, or midsection, of the body, which is essential for surfing. Many report improved surfboard skills as a result of this workout with the historic re-introduction of this Pacific Rim World Watercraft.