So you’ve already spent the summer swimming, hiking, biking, and canoeing, but some of you out there might be looking for something a little more unique to ensure that this summer was the most fun to date. Luckily for you, there are plenty of modern activities that have taken America by storm this summer, and all you need to do is go out there and try them.
1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
While stand up paddle boarding may seem like a relatively new activity, it’s actually been around for centuries, most of us were just unaware. What the Hawaiians once called Hoe he’e nalu has recently been commercialized to the sport that is now known as stand up paddle boarding/surfing, more commonly referred to as SUP.
This fun summertime activity is great for beginners and pretty easy to learn as well. It involves standing up on a surf board while using a single hand held paddle to propel you through the water. Perhaps the best part of SUP is that you don’t need an ocean or waves to participate, because you can do this activity in just about any good sized body of water. Check out these light canvas shoes for guys and gals that can be worn while you paddle.
Now this next activity may look at a tad bit more difficult than SUP, and that’s because it is. You won’t be good at this one right off the bat, but with some practice, you could be an expert slackliner by the end of fall. What is slacklining? It’s basically just a tight-rope that you set up between two anchors, such as sturdy trees or rocks.
The difference between slacklining and tight-roping is that as the name implies, slacklining involves a rope with more slack than a tight-rope. This creates a trampoline-like affect, and with enough practice, you’ll be doing all sorts of tricks by the end of the summer. Give it a try! We recommend wearing tight clothing so it doesn’t get caught on the rope.
Perhaps no other activity has blown up the way longboarding has in the past couple of years, and it seems you can’t stroll through an urban area without seeing at least one person cruising along on a longboard. This activity is generally a lot easier to learn than traditional short-board skating.
Longboards are perfect for cruising smoothly over rough surfaces such as asphalt, and you’ll be surprised as to how much speed you can pick up on one of these puppies. Just remember to be careful out there by looking out for traffic and staying aware of your surroundings. You’ll want thick socks and shoes with a larger outsole, too, so they don’t get worn out when you are stopping.
What have been some of your favorite modern activities to do this summer?