Paddle Boarders Do it Standing Up
on Lake Zurich
Testing Out Jobe Stand Up Paddleboards
During the Summer months Lake Zurich is teeming with SUP or stand up paddleboards. It’s one of the fastest growing leisure activities and is supposed to have lots of health benefits. Apparently not only does it improve your balance as you need to use a lot of core stability and leg strength, but you use almost every muscle in your body at some point, giving you the ultimate workout! What’s more is that it’s great fun!
Testing the Jobe Stand Up Paddle Board
When I was invited to test out a SUP I went along to see Roman at Surfari an outdoor store in the centre of Zurich. The board I was going to test was by Jobe, a Dutch company who have a great reputation for high quality SUP boards. Impressively the Jobe SUP packs down to a very small size and all the components that make up the board come in a ruck sack that you can carry on your back. Roman was super helpful showing me how it all worked so that you can inflate it to create a really stable yoga stand up paddle board.
The Components of An Inflatable SUP
Inside the rucksack along with the rolled up board there is a pump with a pressure display, a leg leash, a paddle and a detachable keel. The board we tried out was the Jobe Yoga paddle board which inflated to an impressive 3.22m (10 foot 6 inches) long, 15cm (6 inches) deep and 80cm (31.5) inches wide! It weighed just 10kg and when inflated it was easy enough to be carried by one person. It can take weight of up to 120kg and we were able to have 2 (smallish) people sitting on it together. However, Jobe have a range of different boards so you can choose the one that suits you best. It’s light enough even when inflated so that one person can carry it quite easily.
The Testers – All Ages and Fitness Levels
Then it was straight to the lake to test! I invited along friends and family of all ages and fitness levels to help me in my endeavours. Of the people trying it out, most had never done it before and those who had, had like me, only tried it a couple of times previously.
The good thing is that the Jobe yoga board is nice and wide and very stable making it ideal for all abilities. It also has a quality pump and it is relatively thick too – something you may not find with inferior boards. The paddle is adjustable for different heights and there is a place on the board for securing any luggage with a bungee strap.
Everyone who tried it in our group had either never been on an SUP before or had only been once or twice.
We all had great fun and whilst some of us fell into the water (always try to fall to the side of the board, not on it to avoid injury!) others stayed balanced on the board throughout.
Out of our group everyone picked it up and managed to get upright on the board during our first session.
If you’re a beginner too you might like to take a quick look at the video below which Jobe have prepared. Although it’s set on the canals of Utrecht the principles are the same anywhere.
Key Points When Stand Up PaddleBoarding
Some key points from the video (see below) relating to getting started are as follows:
Additional points to consider on Lake Zurich:
Video on Getting Started and How to Inflate the Board
Check out the video to see the basic instructions on how to get started as well as how to inflate the SUP:
Where To SUP
There are plenty of places all round Lake Zurich that you can explore via paddle board. You can easily transport the SUP in its bag via public transport or by car. If you’re looking to find somewhere to hire an SUP before you buy and maybe take some lessons too, take look at this article:
So why not have a go? We hope you enjoy SUP as much as we do. Now that we’re hooked we will just have to go out an buy a board to enjoy the rest of the Summer SUPing on the lake! The Jobe Yoga SUP we tested costs around CHF 1,099 which is not the cheapest but it is very high quality and extremely well made which is important if you want a board which will last a few seasons. It also comes with a very good pump and excellent accessories. For more information on this board see here.