The paddle board manufacturers make a special paddle for paddle boarding that has a elbow in it to maximize forward movement. It is so efficient that it can act as a motor and causes paddle boarders to be able to catch waves farther out and quicker than their surfing brethren. So, it is important to remember surfing etiquette when paddle boarding to ensure that everyone has a good time. Do not just zip in and steal a wave because your board is faster. Paddle out and join the line of people waiting on the next wave. It is the polite thing to do and if you do not get out and mingle with the others, you are missing out on a big benefit of the sport. Paddle Boarder is especially maddening to surfers when the waves are low because even on a dead calm day a paddle boarder can head out and get some exercise while the surfers are stuck on the beach.
It is essentially a battle between the old and the new. Places like Ventura coast is known for its waves and still has a large crowd of dedicated surfers but other beaches are seeing more and more paddle boards. Mainly because it was brought to California by one of the legends of surfing, if he had not introduced it, it probably wouldn’t have caught on like it did. Before Larid Hamilton popularized it in California it was mainly a Hawaiian past time. Now that it is here to stay, paddle board retailers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand.
It is also much easier for people of all ages to engage in than surfing. Surfing requires a pretty decent level of athleticism and balance to master. Paddle boarding is just as good of an exercise outlet but it is easier to maneuver using the paddle. People from 10 to 70 are able to get out on the ocean or even a quiet lake and putter around on a stand up paddle board to enjoy the day.