Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

  • How to improve your Inflatable SUP experience

    How to improve your Inflatable SUP experience

    SUP Stance: To maintain your balance as you stand upright on your SUP

    • Feet should be parallel, centered between the board edges.
    • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight.
    • The trick is to balance with your hips, not your upper body.
    • Maintain head and shoulders steady and upright, shifting your weight by moving your hips.
    • Keep your gaze level at the horizon and avoid staring at your feet.
    • As your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.

    Some tips about the basic stroke:

    • If you’re paddling on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft. Your top (left) hand is on the top of the grip.
    • The elbow (angle) of the paddle faces away from you. This may look and feel weird at first.
    • Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. Remember that you have more strength in your abdominal muscles than in your arms.
    • Push down on the paddle grip with your top hand.
    • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water.
    • At first, keep your strokes short and close alongside the board.
    • To maintain a straight line, paddle about 4 or 5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other.
    • Reverse hand positions when switching sides.

    SUP Turns

    • Sidestroke: One way is to simply paddle on one side until the nose turns in the direction you want to go. Want to turn towards the right? Paddle on the left. Headed to the left? Paddle on the right. This will make a long arcing turn.
    • Back paddle: A faster way to turn or reverse direction is to simply drag the paddle or paddle backwards on either side of the board.
    • Sweep stroke: Plant your paddle towards the front of the board and take a long sweeping stroke away from the board and towards the tail. Your board will turn to the opposite side of the stroke.

    Helpful tips:

    • Stepping back on the board or looking over your shoulder to the direction of your turn also helps in making a turn.
    • Another turn that works well, especially in surf, is to paddle on your dominant side (i.e., if you’re right-handed, put your left foot forward and paddle on your right side). Really bend your knees and put more weight on your back foot. This allows the board to pivot and turn quickly.

    Falling from your inflatable SUP

    Expect to take the occasional fall as you’re gaining skills. For those inevitable times you lose your balance:

    • Aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause an injury.
    • If you get separated from your paddle and your board, get your board first, then paddle it to retrieve the paddle.

    If you have any questions don't hesitate on contact  us Social@nixysports.com or visit our website at www.nixysports.com

     


  • Get a POWERFUL Stroke on your Inflatable Paddle Board

     

    Get a POWERFUL Stroke on your Inflatable Paddle Board

    NIXY Inflatable Paddle Board are designed to perform great under any water surface. Lots of beginner paddlers believe that it’s only the size and board design what affects the speed and performance of it on the water, when in reality, a POWERFUL stroke is key to reach the highest performance of your iSUP.

    1-) CATCH: Relates to the beginning of the stroke when the blade first enters the water. Make sure to get the blade deep into the water before pulling and extend out to a comfortable reach without trying to over reach.

    2-) POWER: Relates to the driving of the board forward past the submerged paddle blade. Make sure you are driving yourself past the paddle blade, not pulling the blad through the water, using your upper body and shoulder rotation for power and your arms as extensions from the shoulders. Remember that your body is much more powerful than your arms.
    Try to keep your top hand over your bottom hand during the pull so this will allow more strokes per side. The paddle is most efficient when it’s vertical (like the beginning of the stroke).
    The POWER phase should finish at your feet (if standing) or at your hip (if sitting). Remember that if you pull back too far, you will only cause more deceleration between strokes.

    3-) EXIT: Relates to the end of the stroke, when the blade is released from the water. The best way to do it, is to take the paddle out at your feet, without pulling beyond your feet as this will allow you to start your next stroke sooner and the board will not loose too much speed between strokes.

    When exiting your paddle from the water, make sure to do it with your top hand downward and not by lifting your lower hand up. This is an easier and more relaxing way to get the blade out of the water fast and clean.

    4-) RECOVERY: Relates to the return of the blade back beginning of the stroke. The best way to do it? Point your thumb forward on the recovery to allow the blade to “feather” on the return. This will allow the blade to be in the most aerodynamic position on the recovery. This is very useful specially when paddling into the wind.

    Remember to relax your shoulders so you can give your body a relaxed feeling between strokes. Do not rush, the smoothest recoveries ad more power to the next stroke!

    Remember that all this exercises are mastered with practice and repetition. It is all about creating the muscle memory. Have fun with your NIXY inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board and take your time to learn all this little tricks. They will improve your performance and you will have a more effective workout!

    For questions email us at social@nixysports.com or visit our website for more info about our boards at www.nixysports.com


  • How to Paddleboard with your Dog

    How to Paddleboard with your Dog

    Dogs are our best friends, why not taking them on our Paddleboard with us? It can be a great outdoor experience for both you and your pup.

    NIXY Inflatable Paddleboards are the perfect SUP for dogs.

    Easy tips to Paddleboard with your Dog

    Train it before getting in the water. Having an inflated board around the house for couple of days will help your dog get used to it before he gets in the water.

    This will help him not being afraid and in conclusion have a great experience on it!

    Give him positive rewards. With a happy-playful attitude and a treat in hand, have your dog walk on top of the board and sit or lay in the front.

    Only give him a treat once he is calmly seated on the paddleboard, as a result your pup will get used to go directly to that spot when in the water.

    Add layers. Once your dog gets on the board and goes to “his spot”, try again with his PFD on.

    Because he is getting treats with the process, he will get used to the lifejacket and will associate it with a rewarding experience and as a result, be comfortable with it.

    On and Off the Paddleboard. It is a great idea to teach your pup where to go on and off the board. Create a simple command for him to STAY on the board (reward him with a treat) and another command to JUMP off the board (another treat).

    It's important not to reward him when he gets off the board without you saying it. It takes a bit of time but works almost every time!

    Get on your Paddleboard with him. Once your dog knows where to be and is comfortable on the board, practice sitting behind him and giving him treats if he stays on his spot.

    Finally, add your standing and paddling behind him until he gets comfortable with all that “fuss”.

    Let’s go to the water! When you see that he is comfortable with his lifejacket and ready to the big step, take the board close to where you will be paddling.

    Have him practice his routine and then get on the water with him. If it seems like he is ok with it, keep the rewarding process and ENJOY!

    Remember that every dog is different and some will take less than others to adapt.

    With love and patience, this will be a rewarding experience for you and your best friend! In addition to a fantastic workout!

    If you have any questions, contact us at info@nixysports.com or visit our website www.nixysports.com


  • How to get more confidence on your Inflatable SUP

    How to get more confidence on your Inflatable SUP

    An Inflatable SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board is easy to carry and transport, perfect to travel with and store. Once in the water, it's stable, reliable and comfortable.

    NIXY iSUPs were designed to fulfill all the expectations of a paddler. In addition comes with great accessories to make your experience in the water a fantastic one!

    Key Accessories

    Paddle: NIXY inflatable SUP comes with an adjustable aluminum paddle. It’s durable and adjustable and collapses down to the width of the board which makes the complete package easy to transport and store.

    If you want a higher performance paddle, you can always upgrade to a NIXY carbon fiber SUP Paddle.

    Backpack: When you go on adventures with your board and have a short hike or want to travel the world with it, the NIXY Inflatable SUP comes with an amazing & durable Travel Back Pack that is easy to carry and has wheels for when long walks are needed instead of carrying it on your back.

    Life Jacket: To go ride on your inflatable SUP make sure to have Coast Guard approved life jacket. Seems like many areas in the US make it mandatory.

    Leash: NIXY Inflatable SUP comes with a coiled leash that was designed to avoid the drag on the bottom and won’t get stuck while you are paddling, as a result? A safe and fantastic experience!

    Electric Pump: If you are not too excited about pumping up your board every time you use it, you can get the Bravo electric SUP air pump for inflating your board. We use it when we have several boards to inflate. Very fast and convenient and most of all, helpful!

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  • What are the Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Board?

    Stand Up Paddle Board

    What are the Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Board?

    Since 2013, Stand Up Paddle Board has been ranked the fastest growing outdoor activity, with the most first-time participants. It's easy to figure out why! It's a fun & easy workout with outstanding health benefits and the perfect family activity all year long.

    After a paddling session, you will always feel FANTASTIC, so what are you waiting for? Give it a try, and you’ll notice how much happier and stronger you feel.

    Some Health Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding:

      • Improves balance: Stand Up Paddle board requires you to stand upright on the board, which requires a lot of core stability and leg strength to maintain balance. Your will feel awkward only the first minutes, but you’ll get the hang of it really fast. 
      • Full body workout: Because of the balance that is required to perform on a Stand Up Paddle Board, leg muscles will work hard attempting to stabilize your center of gravity. Arms, back and shoulders will be used to propel the paddleboard in the water. The core, back and abdominal muscles will constantly be at work to maintain your balance. You will feel it afterwards. Trust us!
      • Low impact: Stand Up Paddle board is categorized as a low impact exercise. Therefore, it’s unlikely that you will damage tendons and ligaments of any of your joints.
      • Stress Reducing: Exercise helps to significantly reduce stress while water naturally soothes the body. That amazing feeling of “walking on water” while the rhythm of your stroke tries to match your breathing, it will work wonders to melt stress right away!
      • Overall increased strength: After spending a day out on a Stand Up Paddle Board, it’s natural to feel a little sore all over your body. That means that you are building up your overall body strength.
      • Cardio workout: If you spend enough time out on the water Paddle boarding, you can get a great cardio workout. Want to get your heart rate up? Race your friends while paddling to make it a bit more motivating. Set strokes cycles and try to challenge yourself, to get to a certain speed without loosing stability. Try different body positions when stroking with your paddle and see what works best. It's a constant evolution. The more you paddle, the better you will get!
      • Helpful in rehabilitation injuries: Because of its low impact nature, Stand Up Paddle Board can be a useful tool for people in rehab to gently increase strength without doing any harm. It is very gentle on your muscles and joints.
      • Better cardiovascular health:  According to iSupWorld.com, Stand Up Paddle Board will help you avoid being a victim of heart attacks and strokes. Because engaging in paddle boarding is similar to running, aerobics, or even cross training, you’ll have improved cardiovascular health and less risk for related diseases.
      • A great way to connect with nature: Being out on the water is calming, and engaging with nature will always have a positive effect on your mental health and attitude. In addition, getting extra vitamin D from the sun is always good!

     

    For questions email us at social@nixysports.com or visit our website for more info about our boards at www.nixysports.com

     

     


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  • Yoga on an Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board ?

    Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

    Why trying Yoga on an Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board ?

    Just Imagine yourself, floating on top of the water on your Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. Surrounded by nature while doing a great workout. Sounds great, right? This outdoor activity will charge you up with positive energy and in addition, fill you up with a great sense of fulfillment!

    Why Yoga on an Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is good for you?

    It is a great workout! Having to balance on an unstable platform rather than a rigid surface, it gives your core a challenge. It's not easy to balance your body and mind at the same time. As a final result, you get a great workout!

    It is soothing! The feeling of floating helps to alleviate that imaginary heavy weight that we, as adults have over our shoulders. Because of this, you will find yourself with an improved sense of perspective after your Yoga SUP practice.

    Your technique will improve! Keeping your balance is always a challenge. In order to achieve a successful Yoga pose on top of your iSUP board, you'll have to focus on the little balancing details. Because of this, you will bring your practice into a new level.

    Your breathing will improve! The gentle sound of water lapping during your time on an Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board will instantly help you relax. Because of this, you can concentrate better on your “Ujjayi Pranayama” also known as “Ocean Breath”.

    Makes you feel strong! Walking on water becomes a reality and because you're trying to stay on top of your board without falling, it brings focus on yourself and your poses. When you finally let your fears go, you will end up feeling rejuvenated and empowered.

    It gives you a happy adrenaline rush! Mixing up workouts reduce boredom and injuries as well. First of all, the very thought of falling into the water, gives you enough adrenaline to keep you focused. In addition, you will stay motivated and with a happy overall feeling as a result.

    It gives you mental strength! When someone falls in the water during an iSUP practice, is forced to climb back up on the board and try again. Consequently, by conquering the fear of falling, the easier his practice will get, and the stronger he'll be.

    It brings you harmony! Soaking up vitamin D, enjoying fresh air while being surrounded by nature, breathing in and out while working out. The final result? Feeling great! Life must be lived like this... In perfect harmony!

    Our Venice Yoga Inflatable Paddle Board has the perfect shape for all the Yogis out there. This board is stable, easy to maneuver and very comfortable. Easy to inflate/deflate, you can take it anywhere. It works great for individuals up to 400 pounds. It has been named the best Yoga Inflatable Paddle board in the market for two years in a row.

    Check it out in our website http://www.nixysports.com/venice.html


  • Why Inflatable Paddle Boards?

    iSUP

    Why an Inflatable Paddle Board?

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding originated in Hawaii as an off shoot of surfing. While traditional surfing requires the rider to be sitting until a wave comes, the Stand Up Paddle Boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards, while using a paddle to propel themselves through the water.

    iSUP is an acronym used for Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard.

    Parts of an Inflatable Paddle Board

    Width: The wider the board the more stable it is. The width of the board affects directly it’s stability and speed as a result, racers will have narrow boards (28 inches wide) while beginners benefit from a wide board (31-33 inches average).

    Length: The longer the board, the faster and harder to turn it'll be. iSUP surfers usually use 8’-10' boards while racers use 12’-16' boards. A good size for most beginning & intermediate paddlers ranges between 10’ to 12’ foot range. A perfect size for beginning/intermediate paddlers is the NIXY "Newport 10'6" because it offers a great balance between width, length and thickness.

    Thickness: Thickness tells you how buoyant a board is. For NIXY, stability in the water is crucial for a pleasant experience. If an iSUP is less than six inches thick, it feels awkward as a result.

    Hull shape: You will notice how Race Boards have a displacement hull similar to the bottom of a sailboat. iSUP inflatable Paddle Boards have a flat bottom similar to the bottom of a barge. A flat bottom makes the board more stable thus, easy to turn.

    Rails: Rails are the sides of a paddle board. They are only important if you are surfing where you need rails in order to carve into the face of the wave.

    Is a NIXY Inflatable Paddle Board right for me?

    Easy to transport: When deflated, a NIXY Inflatable Paddle Board will become the size of a medium duffel bag and fit any car. It doesn't require a roof rack and when traveling internationally it goes as a piece of luggage.

    Very Durable: A NIXY Inflatable Paddle Board is made with the highest quality PVC. The same heavy-duty urethane as a river raft. Therefore, it is the preferred option for rivers because paddling over rocks in low water, is almost imposible to avoid.

    Soft: It's rather common for Kids and adults to fall down hard or get injured on a regular SUP. The soft flexible surface of an inflatable SUP makes it less likely for someone to hurt his/her head, face, elbows and knees while paddling, surfing or just playing around. As a result, a safer overall experience.

    Affordable: NIXY Inflatable Paddle Boards range between $525-$625 and comes with a Paddle, Fins, Leash, Pressure Pump, Repair Kit and a Travel Backpack. All packed in one convenient/easy to carry package.

    Easy to store: NIXY Inflatable Paddle Boards are easy to transport and it doesn’t require roof racks. Because it doesn't take much room to store, if you live in an apartment without a garage or somewhere where you do not have much storage, this is a very convenient factor!

    Tip to an easy Inflatable Paddle Board inflation: 

    It's not super obvious at first, but there are two settings to the valve on the board where the inflation pump hose attaches: inflate/closed (valve down) position and deflate/open. (valve up)

    It's important to twist the valve into the inflate/closed position before attaching the inflation hose. In the closed/inflate position air still gets in through the valve in order to pump up the board but when you take the hose off when you are finished pumping, you won't lose valuable air pressure when you disconnect the hose from the board.

    At NIXY iSUP Inflatable Paddle Boards, we are passionate about our products and quality of our boards. If you have any questions, please contact us, we will be glad to help!

    Life is an adventure, get your NIXY iSUP Inflatable Paddle Board and enjoy a fantastic, fun, active lifestyle!

    For questions email us at social@nixysports.com

    Visit our website for more info about our boards at www.nixysports.com

     


  • How many calories you burn with Stand Up Paddleboarding? 

    With Stand Up Paddleboarding being one of the fastest growing sports in the world and with so many people using it everywhere regardless of the weather condition as their workout choice, you find many users wondering if this fun activity is a good workout as well.  The answer is YES!

    Stand Up Paddleboarding is a fun/relaxing activity that mostly anyone can do. It’s an amazing workout for people of all shapes, sizes and ages!  We consider SUPing one of the best and complete workouts out there. It’s a low impact exercise that creates a fantastic balance between strength, endurance and resistance.

    SUP Calories Chart

    Calories burned Calculation: Since there are many different ways to measure the amount of calories we burned, we created a formula based off the subject weight, age and heart rate of three individuals of different sizes (between 160-200 lbs.) during 1 hour of paddling. Please consider that men typically burn more calories than women and that the measure of calories will directly depend on the effort & aggressiveness used during the workout

    Paddle Board Surfing: Surfers say this is the best cross training you can do to improve your surfing skills. The rougher the waves, the harder a Paddle Surfer will work and the more calories will burn. On a typical normal surfing day, after an hour of Paddle Surfing at an intensive pace, catching waves every couple of minutes; we found out that you can burn between 623-735 calories.

    SUP Racing: Racing SUP is a high intensity Paddleboarding experience. There’s no time to catch your breath or slow down…so your heart rate is at full capacity. Depending on stroke intensity, form, wind speed and water conditions your calorie burning will vary. Our subjects raced a 5 miles circuit and burned between 713-1,125 calories.

    SUP Touring: Touring means to go for a long distance at a moderate pace without stopping on your Stand Up Paddleboard. After an hour of touring with our subjects at an average speed of 3 mph burned an average of 615-708 calories.

    Yoga SUP: If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a chance. SUP Yoga offers an intense workout for the mind, body and spirit. It requires an increased intensity that is far more challenging than land yoga. You can burn between 416-540 calories in an hour.

    Recreational Paddling: The most popular type of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is recreational use. Normally performed as an easy paddle with calm water, light winds at a slow type pace. Even at a slow pace, you can burn between 305-430 calories in an hour of leisure on your NIXY board!

     

    Comparing Stand Up Paddleboarding to other sports:

    • Surfing: 412 Calories per hour.
    • Biking: 483 calories per hour.
    • Running: 650 calories per hour.
    • Swimming: 840 calories per hour.

     

    Paddle Boarding is a full-body workout that offers so much more than just the physical rewards. You will feel your spirit calm and your perspective in life balanced after each workout, no matter how short it is. Remember that at the end of the day, getting out on your Paddle Board can be compared as a walk in the park or if you push it harder, compared to a intense workout at the gym.

    At NIXY inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards, we believe that a day on the water SUPing beats the gym anytime!

    The best part of our inflatable SUPs is that you can take your workout anywhere… without hassles and with the convenient of being so portable. What are you waiting for? Life is an adventure…Find your balance!

    Shop our selection of Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards and start getting in shape and burning those calories away!  www.nixysports.com Have questions or want more info? Email us at social@nixysport.com


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