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Top 5 Water Sports Similar to Surfing

In case you didn’t already know, there are actually many sports that take place in the water and that share a lot of things with surfing. If you are a lover of water sports, you have probably tried more than one.

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On the other hand, if you wish to find something new to try and you would like to know what other options you have that will be easier thanks to your surfing knowledge, here are the top 5 water sports that are similar to surfing.

1. Windsurfing

Windsurfing is sort of a mix of sailing and surfing. You can pretty much windsurf wherever there is water; in the sea or even in a lake. The wind is also crucial in this as windsurfing consists of a sail and a surfboard that need wind to move. It’s safe for beginners to try in shallow waters and you can truly have a nice time if you know some very basic things about surfing.

2. Stand Up Paddle or SUP

This is a water sport that was originally created in Hawaii and it’s pretty similar to surfing. In order to try this, you will need a large surfboard as well as one bladed paddle. You will have to do your best and stand up even while you’re paddling. The good thing is that you’ll get used to it pretty fast so you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without constantly falling in the water.

3. Skimboarding or Skimming

Skimboarding is a sport much like surfing as it too includes the use of a board. The board in this sport though is quite smaller and lacks the characteristic fins that surfing boards have. Contrary to surfing, skimming allows the surfer to throw the board at the shallowest part of the beach and also helps the surfer perform tricks that resemble skateboarding.

4. Kiteboarding

This is a sport that can literally make you walk on water. Combining aspects of various other sports like snowboarding, paragliding and of course surfing, kiteboarding allows you to use the power of the wind in order to propel yourself across the water for a very fun and extreme experience.

5. Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a very cool sport that really resembles surfing as well as snowboarding. T wakeboard a small and kind of rectangular shaped board is tied behind a motorboat which allows it to reach speeds up to 40 kilometers per hour. This truly makes it a fun and exciting sport that can surely give you a good adrenaline rush!

A sport for every preference

Whether you are looking for a sport that will allow you to soak up some sun and enjoy the waves or one that will really pump up your heartbeat, there are thankfully many watersports to choose from.

For me though, nothing can truly compare to the joy that surfing brings me when I’m riding the waves. What is your favorite water sport that is similar to surfing? Leave a comment below the article to let me know!

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