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Carlo Raffa

Carlo Raffa is a blogger, stand-up paddleboard enthusiast, water lover and local to Brighton city in the South of England.

Paddle boarding is my escape and this is only the starting point. Being a larger guy at 260lbs I am finding it very good exercise as well, especially for building core muscles. This is something that believe it or not cycling 16 miles a day at 6 miles per hour doesn't seem to be doing.

Paddle Boarding allows me to just grab my board and walk right through the busy bar filled beachfront between the two piers in Brighton and head straight out of shore. It's not long before the shouting and cheering of our buzzing beach fade into just the lapping waves and the people to just small dots of the Brighton shoreline.

Are Bluefin Paddle Boards Any Good?

There are an increasing number of paddleboard brands popping up to serve this growing sport’s demand for products. However, there are some really good well-established brands with quality boards that have brought prices down to stay ahead of these newcomers. One of those is Bluefin SUP. Bluefin paddle boards are highly regarded among paddleboarders. They …

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How To Repair Minor Cracks On A Paddleboard: 16 Steps

Outdoor sports equipment is inevitable to wear and tear. Paddleboards are no exception no matter how much effort you make to be careful. Your paddleboard might hit a corner when taking it out of the shed, or just simply slip out of your hands and hit a rock. The surf fanatics would know the value …

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This Is Why Paddle Boarding Is a GREAT Workout: 13 Benefits of SUP

We just wrote a great post on the more than 10 muscles in your body you work when you paddle board. This doesn’t only include SUP boarding, but even sitting or lying down on your board. Does paddle boarding really constitute a solid workout, though? Paddle boarding, in requiring so much from your body, is …

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Are Cheaper Paddleboards Worth It? Best under $350 in 2021

Deals: we love ‘em. Any chance there is to save money, you, of course, will jump on it. That said, you always keep the old adage in the back of your mind: you get what you pay for. If you were to scrimp and opt for a cheaper paddleboard, are they worth considering? Cheaper paddleboards …

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How to Hold a Paddle When Paddle Boarding

As we discussed in a recent article, paddle boarding requires bodily strength, the right gear, and of course, a paddle board. You won’t get very far on your board without a paddle, though. How exactly do you hold a paddle when paddle boarding? To hold a paddle when paddleboarding, you have to: Stand straight Put …

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Are Decathlon Paddle Boards Any Good?

Deciding to buy a paddle board is only the beginning of your journey. Next, you have to select the board brand you’ll use. One brand that may have come up in your research is Decathlon. Are their paddle boards any good or should you keep looking? Decathlon paddle boards are indeed regarded as quite good …

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How to Paddleboard Race: 13 Tips with Videos

You’ve been recreationally riding a paddle board for a while now. You love it, but you’ve also decided you want more of a challenge. Thus, you’ve entered a paddleboard race. How do you go about preparing your body and mind for this demanding type of SUP riding? To have a successful paddleboard race, we recommend …

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The Best Way to Inflate a Paddle Board (Simple Steps to Follow)

You like the convenience of using an inflatable paddle board over a hard board. Should you want to inflate your board before you go out on the water, you can. You also have the freedom to pump up your SUP at your location. Still, when it comes to how you inflate your paddle board, you’re …

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The 11 Muscles That Paddle Boarding Works

After a satisfying day of stand-up paddle boarding, you wake up the next morning feeling sore. It’s the same type of soreness after a good workout. That has you wondering, are you working your muscles when SUP riding? If so, which ones? Overall, there are 11 muscles paddle boarding works: Lungs (diaphragm) Heart Quadriceps Hamstring …

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