I recently purchased a Stand Up Paddle Surf board to use it here in Qatar. The country provides the ideal conditions to practice this new sport.Here is a little introduction about it:
Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he'e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them such as incoming swell.
The sport benefits athletes with a strong 'core' workout. SUP'ing is popular at warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes are training with SUP. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere where there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world. Another reason for the rise in popularity of stand up paddleboarding is that, unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board. Stand up paddleboarding is also more popular with women and because of their lower center of gravity, women are often more skilled at paddleboarding than men.
Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama re-introduced the ancient sport of paddle surfing to the modern water sports world. The first "modern" surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing out of Hawaii and onto mainland USA was Vietnam veteran Rick Thomas.
Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.
As a kayaker and an old surfer, I'm game.
By the way we used to call kayakers "goat boaters" in my weekend worrior days.
Is there a paddle boarding group here in Qatar? I tried googling one awhile back, but only found Abu Dhabi's and Dubai's paddleboarding club.
The problem is that there are NO WAVES in the Gulf!!
Maybe the 'richest country in the world' can import some waves from Hawaii!
If two people can be considered a group then there is! But i posted this forum for this reason. We paddle in the Pearl.
go on facebook and look for Stand Up Paddle Surf (SUP) Qatar
this looks fun...
We are going for a ride every afternoon in the Pearl, if anyone would like to join, they are welcome to!
I would like to buy a used Stand Up Paddle Board.
In case anyone on here is selling one! Or knows where I can look for one??