Foiling, hovercraft and giant SUP: water sports are more than just sailing and surfing. We tried out the new trends.
Finally, February is here, and we are already counting the days to summer! Here are the most notable trends for your active summer on the waves.
Compared to other water sports, stand-up paddling (SUP) is relatively easy to learn – and it trains the whole body. Stand upright on the surfboard and paddle alternately on both sides. After just a few minutes, the upper arms and legs are noticeably tensed. After all, you have to keep your balance on the wobbly board.
Stand-Up-Paddling (SUP) has been practiced for thousands of years by fishers in Tahiti, for example, and in the 20th century it was discovered by surf instructors and has become more and more widespread.
Giant Stand-Up Paddling
New in the trend is giant SUPs. You stand with several people on a big board and paddle together. That requires a lot of teamwork and coordination.
A giant SUP board costs several thousand Dollars, while the single boards are available for several hundred Dollars. In the meantime, many surf shops also offer a rental service for both small and giant boards.
Tubing is a pure fun sport. A motorboat pulls the competitor behind him in an extra large swimming tire. First, it takes a while until the long rope is pulled to full length. Then it starts with a jerk. The tire is crashing over the waves, the water splashing on the face. And every now and then you almost get the feeling of tipping into the water from behind – which is not uncommon.
The tubing was invented in Thailand in the middle of the 20th century.
The underwater scooter resembles a small rocket with a turbine and makes it easier for divers to move underwater. The engine starts at the push of a button. Hold on – and the device pulls you into the water. At first quite leisurely, but there is more to come: second gear, third gear. If you tilt the tip slightly downwards, it goes down into the depths.
The underwater scooter can travel at a maximum speed of five miles per hour. It sounds slow but feels fast under water. The Seadoo brand model costs around $2,000, but there are cheaper alternatives for recreational use.
The Hovercraft is a vehicle that can be driven both on land and in the water. The transition from ground to water is not noticeable at all because the device floats on a kind of air cushion. It never touches the earth’s surface. The idea of an air cushion vehicle was already registered as a patent in 1875. In the 1950s the first functional model was built.
Foiling is a particular type of sailing, where the boats with wings lift off entirely from the water – the less water there is in the water, the higher the speed.
More and more of this is coming. You should try this one out.