Gear

What are Water Shoes?

If you have ever stepped on a seashell or clam while swimming or snorkeling you know how bad it hurts. Did you know there are special shoes for swimming and boating? Lets learn about water shoes today.

Safety

Water shoes are specific shoes for swimming and boating. They have a thick sole to prevent injuries from the bottom of lakes, rivers, or whatever type of water you may be swimming in. Some have toe shields to prevent stubbed toes in rocky areas.

There are both fashionable slip-on styles for use at beaches. The other option is lace-up shoes for fishing or other journeys where you will be walking through water. This is a great way to keep you trip going even if you need to walk through jagged or uneven areas of land.

Traction

They come equipped with a special tread for traction while boating or fishing on docks. This is a great option for safety and stability on slippery surfaces. Their nonmarking sole will not make boats dirty while you are wearing them.

Made From Mesh

These shoes are made from a mesh material. This is great for being able to submerge your feet and getting them to dry easily afterward. This material is also able to keep your feet warm in cold water, great for cold water fishing trips, or early in the season swimming.

Easy to Use

They are comfortable so you will want to use them. They slip on easily if you have limited time to change your shoes. They also dry easily so after giving them a few minutes to dry you can pack them back into a beach bag, or backpack if you are traveling.

Small Child Approved

They come in children’s sizes so you no longer have to worry about their little feet getting injured while they are running on the beach. They will want to wear them due to all of the fun color choices there is to choose from. They are super comfortable so they will not struggle with you while you are putting them on them. I would suggest using the slip on variety for small children so they can put them on themselves with ease.

With all the convenience of water shoes, you will want to use them. They are an inexpensive option for protecting your feet against the dangers of water while swimming, boating, or on fishing trips. They come in sizes that work for the whole family. Try some today and never have a trip or vacation ruined again due to sore feet.

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Stand Up Bodyboarding

So you’re an accomplished surfer looking for your next wave-related thrill? You’re a beginner looking to try out something new and exciting? or you’re a bodyboarder looking to take things to the next level? Well, stand up bodyboarding may be exactly what you are looking for. Stand-up bodyboarding had its big boom in the 80’s and the 90’s when it took the surf world by storm.

Not to be confused with the recently growing art of stand up paddleboarding, Stand-up bodyboarding is an almost forgotten hybrid between surfing and bodyboarding, that poses a new fresh challenge to even the most accomplished wave junkies. If you’re keen to try stand up bodyboarding, its unlikely you’ll find someone offering overpriced lessons at your local beach, so here are a few tips to help you on your way.

1. Choose Your Board Wisely.

As a stand-up bodyboarding beginner, it’s important for you to choose the right kind of board. The average size of a standard bodyboard is likely going to be too small for you to get upright whilst catching that first wave, so opt for a slightly longer board to give you some extra room whilst you’re getting started.  Here is some help picking out a board.

2.Paddling Out

Most seasoned stand up bodyboarders will highly recommend you DO NOT paddle out using fins. This will make it a lot more difficult when you are trying to replicate the pop-up motion to get upright on your board.

3. Start Small

Even if you are a seasoned surfer or bodyboarder and you’re comfortable with larger waves, stand up bodyboarding poses new challenges to what you will be used to. Take time to get a feel for the weight, size, and buoyancy of the board and focus your efforts on small (around 2 foot) waves.

4. Focus on Finding Your Balance

The key to stand-up bodyboarding, as with most of the wave-riding disciplines, is to find the balance between you, the wave, and the board. The weight and buoyancy of bodyboards differ greatly from that of surfboards, and it’s going to take time to adjust to the way the board reacts to your weight. Starting on small waves, focus on distributing your weight evenly on the board before extending your body to ride the wave. Once you’ve gotten a feel for it and found your balance, you’ll be jumping rail to rail to pull off those spins in no time.

Now you’ve read these four tips to help you get started, it’s time to get out there. Have fun on the waves!