If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to explore the waterways, you may be wondering whether to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking. While both activities involve paddling on the water, there are some key differences to consider. In this blog post, we’ll compare stand up paddleboarding and kayaking to help you decide which activity is right for you.
1. Balance and stability
One of the biggest differences between SUP and kayaking is the level of balance and stability you need. Stand up paddleboarding requires more balance and core strength, as you’re standing on a board and using a paddle to move yourself forward. This can be challenging for beginners, but with practice, it gets easier.
Kayaking, on the other hand, offers a more stable and secure experience. You sit on a kayak, which is much more stable and there’s less chance of falling in. This makes it a great choice for beginners or people looking for a more relaxed experience on the water.
2. Speed and steering
Another difference between SUP and kayaking is the level of speed and ease of steering. Stand up paddleboards are generally faster than kayaks, as they have a longer waterline and can glide more easily through the water. This makes them ideal for exploring open water, such as lakes, rivers, or even the ocean.
Kayaks, however, are easier to steer in tight spaces. They can navigate through narrow channels, around obstacles, and even in rapids. Kayaks are also better suited for longer journeys, as they offer more storage space and can handle heavier loads.
3. Fitness and health benefits
Both stand up paddleboarding and kayaking offer lots of health and fitness benefits. Paddleboarding is a great full-body workout that engages your core, arms, and legs. It improves balance and coordination and can help burn calories and build strength.
Kayaking is also a great workout that targets your upper body, particularly your arms, shoulders, and back. It can help improve your heart health and boost your mood and energy levels.
Which one comes out on top?
Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding with Roundhouse Birmingham
Beginners Stand Up Paddleboard SUP Taster Experience£20.00 – £40.00 (inc. VAT) Book ticket
Explore Hidden Birmingham kayak tour£35.00 – £40.00 (inc. VAT) Book ticket
Green Escape Kayak Tour£35.00 – £40.00 (inc. VAT) Book ticket
Bustling Birmingham Kayak Tour£35.00 – £40.00 (inc. VAT) Book ticket