Water sports are a great way to get moving, have fun and enjoy the outdoors. Activities on the water, are not only good for your physical health, but also for your psychological health. Seriously, how can you not be soothed by the sound of the waves? Plus, splashing in H2O actually reduces the risk of chronic diseases (such as heart disease and diabetes) and has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system. One of the most popular water activities is boating. But there are many more original ways to interact with the water.
Surfing is sliding along the crest of a wave on a special board. Ideally, you should surf in the ocean, but it is not necessary. You can also start your surfing journey on a lake. Let’s say more, at the first lesson the board is mastered in general on land. However, hard to learn is easy on the wave.
To become a windsurfer, you have to conquer two elements at once: water and air. In fact, windsurf is a simplified model of a sailing boat without a rudder. Manage the unit by tilting the mast with the sail, and the position of the board in relation to the wind determines the speed and direction.
Wakeboarding is all at once surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and a bit of water skiing. The athlete holds on to the rope that pulls the boat, and rides the board on the water surface. Feet are fixed as on a snowboard. This bright fun involves appropriate physical exertion, so beginners better be prepared for a noticeable physical pain after the training.
Sapboarding is essentially paddleboarding. In fact, the word “sap” stands for “stand up paddle” (from the English word SUP – stand up paddle). However, it is accepted to go on a sapa not only standing: it is possible to move in water and sitting, and on your knees, and if you want and lying down. If you want, you can even do yoga or meditate on the saps. The description of a sap looks suspiciously similar to surfing. It is. The difference is that any weather is suitable for riding: both storm and doldrums.
It’s no coincidence that the word “flyboard” has the English verb “fly” in it. It’s as if a flyboarder is floating in the air. It takes the breath away from the viewer, so what about the flyboarder? The board works by releasing a powerful stream of water and can lift a person to a height of 10 meters. Here you will need not only physical training, but also a comprehensive theoretical.
The water skier will fall dozens of times before he follows the boat with a big smile on his face. Yes, it’s not easy to stay steady on the water, and even in ski boots. But once you get the hang of it, you can really appreciate why water skiing has fans. The lake is definitely the best place to try this aquatic pastime.
Entertainment is not new, but it has not lost its popularity over the years. Jet skis are suitable for absolutely everyone who has reached the age of majority. There are one-seat sport models and two-seat – for beginners or measured walks. Also jet skis have a big plus: ride them on almost any recreation center.
If you like rafting on rivers, welcome to the world of kayaking. This sport is a serious competitor to ordinary pleasure boats. Everything is great in it: the adrenaline, the physical exertion, and the opportunity to become one with nature. A kayak is a single-seater enclosed boat that is steered with a paddle. You can be part of kayaking on a mountain river with a mad current and rapids, or on a quiet lake. It all depends on your mood.
Another alternative to boats in the parks. Kayaks and canoes were once used by the coastal peoples of the Pacific North to hunt sea animals.
Water polo is great water fun for those who like competition and/or teamwork. The goal is to score the ball into the opponent’s goal, according to the rules there are only 25 seconds to attack. By the way, water polo is an Olympic sport, so who knows: it’s possible that a future Olympic champion is reading these lines.