You might not think of Florida as a place where great surfers come from but did you know thats where Kelly Slater, 11 time world champion surfer is from?
As a surfer I have noticed the huge growth in the sport of paddleboarding over the last decade. If you are not familiar with the sport, picture an oversized surfboard that you paddle standing up with an ore instead of laying down like a traditional surf board. Due to its beginner friendly nature, stand up paddleboarding has become one of or the fast growing outdoor activities in the world. It also does not require waves like traditional surfing does because the large boards provide the stability that a normal surfer would get from a wave.
Wekiva Island SUP and Swim Eco Paddle adventure
There are a ton of options for paddleboarding in the Orlando area, but one really stood out to me which is Wekiva Island. With 50 million gallons of crystal clear water flowing through its natural preserve, they provide a truly unique experience filled with fun and adventure for the whole family.
Located only 45 minutes outside of the main Orlando attractions, Wekiva Island in their own words are a true secret spot for locals. There is a gentle current (around 2 mph) which gives guests of all skill level a great experience together. They offer private guided tours and group classes if needed. You don’t have to make a reservation which is really nice and they have plenty of rental boards on offer so you don’t have to bring your own unless you want to. If you are not confident enough to get on a stand up paddleboard, they also have canoes and kayaks. And if you just want to relax all day and not partake in the water activities they have a full bar and cafe with plenty of great food options. Check out the video below to see what you can expect if you plan to visit.
Common Injuries From Stand Up Paddleboarding and How To Treat Them
While stand up paddleboarding is generally a very safe sport, there are some people that can be prone to injury. The most common injuries in the sport are mostly the muscles of the shoulders and the rotator cuff muscles along with the lower back due to the repetitive paddling motion. The knees, ankles and feet are also very prone to strain and injury too aggressive paddleboarders. Most minor strains can be treated with ice and resting but in some cases there are those who need professional treatment for pain relief. A great option I found for PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and Ozone Therapy is Health & Hope Institute. The founder of the institute, Dr. Claudia, is a very caring and thoughtful. I had a persistent pain in my shoulder due to so much paddling but after several treatments with PRP and Ozone I have felt a great reduction in the pain and sensitivity. Here office is actually located quite close to Wekiva Island in the greater Orlando area.