SUP Magazine Featured Walk On Water Fitness

We would like to thank SUP Magazine for featuring us in their “Shop Talk” this month! We couldn’t be more excited and honored to be part of such a wonderful industry. We posted the article here so we would have it archived forever! But if you would rather read it on their website we understand! Please see it in its entirety here SUPTHEMAG/wow.

Shop Talk: Walk on Water Fitness By: / Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Walk on Water Fitness, in Hollywood, Fla., specializes in inflatable standup paddleboards (ISUPs). Owners, and husband and wife duo, Jim and Paula Hennessey have worked on the water for over 22 years; Jim as a captain on motor yachts all over the world and Paula as a dive master, guide and yacht crew from the Galapagos Islands and the Caribbean to Papua New Guinea. Paula provided us with some ISUP insights. —Tom Fucigna

SUP mag: How did you first get into standup paddling?

Paula: We first tried paddleboarding in Jupiter, Fla. in 2008. We rented a couple of boards and, after a very brief lesson, we were hooked. Continue reading

Open Air Fitness – Paddle Boarding

Paddleboarding in the oceanStand up paddle boarding has really taken the water ways of Florida by storm in 2013. Whether it be that there is more media available (YouTube, Facebook and Instagram) for these beautifully tanned people to promote their prowess or the vacation they took and gave it try, paddle boarding is here to stay.

Here in Hollywood, South Florida men and women of all ages are really biting into this keeping fit craze, and going into a smelly, germ filled rooms (gyms) and wishing there was “another way”.  So why not put stand up paddle boarding a few days a week into your program? Get out of that gym! Breathe! Live! Feel the sand between your toes and the water beneath your feet! Just standing on a Continue reading

How to Choose the Proper Kayak Paddle Length

Kayak PaddleKayak paddles come in a wide variety of materials, blade shapes and lengths, each of which contributes to the overall performance of the paddle. Ideally, kayak paddles are lightweight, durable and comfortable to use, although length is an important consideration you’ll need to keep in mind. By selecting a kayak paddle with the proper length, you’ll become less fatigued as you paddle and the chances of straining yourself are lowered dramatically.

So, what is the best length for a paddle? Most adults do well with a paddle between 220 and 240 cm in length if they’re using recreational kayaks or ocean kayaks. Wider kayaks require longer paddles, and paddlers who are using an inflatable kayak may want a paddle around 250 cm. Whitewater kayakers, on the other hand, require more powerful strokes so they should select a much shorter paddle around 205 cm long.

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5 Best Places in South Florida for Kayaking

While Miami is surrounded by water, it’s surprisingly difficult to find those perfect spots to head out with your kayak because open space is really a rarity. Still, there are some great places to check out if you know where to look. Here’s a look at some of the best kayaking spots throughout South Florida, including the Miami area, the Florida Keys and Fort Lauderdale.

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Top 10 Kayak Fishing Accessories

Kayak FishingKayak fishing is one of the most enjoyable outdoor hobbies that’s enjoyed by serious fishermen as well as beginners. There are tons of styles of fishing kayaks on the market today, along with plenty of kayak fishing accessories designed to make your trip easier and more enjoyable. If you have a fishing kayak, it’s probably already complete with a built-in rod holder, extra storage and a tackle box, although you’ll still need a few things to get going. No matter which type of kayak you’re using, here’s a list of the top 10 accessories you’ll want to bring along.

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Tips for Picking the Right Inflatable Kayak

Coast Guard Inflatable Boat

Coast Guard Inflatable Boat Courtesy of Per Verdonk

Unfortunately, inflatable kayaks and boats today have an unfair reputation for being no better than pool toys. This couldn’t be farther from the truth as technology has advanced quite a bit over the last decade. As you can see in the picture, inflatable kayaks and boats are now used by the United States Coast Guard and some are even designed to tackle whitewater rivers. Here’s a look at some considerations to keep in mind as you shop for your first inflatable kayak.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Kayak Fishing

Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing has gained popularity over the past decade, even among fisherman who had never tried kayaking before. This type of fishing is an alternative to wading into the water and offers plenty of benefits over fishing from a boat as well. To begin with, a kayak can easily reach places inaccessible to boats. Getting into kayak fishing is also fairly affordable and begins with just a fishing kayak and some gear.

 

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The Importance of Using A Rash Guard

Rash guards for women are more than just a piece of clothing; they’re used to protect your skin from surfboard wax as well as sun damage.

rash guard for womenWhile they were originally designed for surfers to protect against the irritating effect of surfboard wax, they’re popular today with beach-goers as well as other water sports enthusiasts, including people who enjoy using SUP boards.

Most are made from nylon with spandex, making them fast drying, light and anti-bacterial. Rash guards also provide UV protection, and womens rash guards are designed specifically for the curves of a woman’s body. Continue reading

What To Look For In A Stand Up Paddle Board

Are you in the market for a new SUP board? If so, there are a number of things to look for while you’re shopping, including the proper length and width.

There are literally hundreds of choices out there, including inflatable stand up paddle boards, or ISUPs. Here’s some information about looking for a new SUP board.

The first step is to assess your ability and knowledge. If you’re a beginner, for example, you want to choose a board that will make learning easier. Next, choose the right length for you.

Beginners should usually stick with longer boards because they’re easier to learn with. Continue reading