Cool off this summer with these new water sports!

By Sergio González | 10:34

Surfing, diving, snorkeling, boating…yeah, those are still great, but what about stand up paddle boarding, fly boarding or water running?

It’s the third day of your holidays. You’ve been hitting the beach every single chance you had and, besides a golden beautiful tan, you also are growing a little apathetic. It’s not that you don’t like relaxing by doing nothing, it’s just that being on vacation doesn’t mean you have to be laying 24/7; you actually can do fun staff, like water sports.

It’s 2013 and though it’s high time for jet-packs to be around, we still have to walk and drive as if we were cavemen. Luckily for us, we no longer have to swim or sail because we can fly in and out of the water if we decide to go fly boarding.

Flyboarding is so amazing it seems too good to be true, but it’s already here and totally viral on the Internet. So, what’s all the fuss about? Well, a jet-pack powered with two water streams rises you up to 45 feet over the water, allowing you to nosedive or simply fly over the ocean while you surf the waves, coming in and out of the sea as a hyper-powered dolphin. Sound Awesome?

Despite what you may have heard, retro is still something and talking about water sports, stand up paddle boarding is the thing. Stand up paddle boarding originated in Hawaii as it’s a former form of surf, the prequel of possibly the greatest water sport ever.

Stand up paddlebording needs no description because what you read is what you get. It’s a lot easier than stand up paddle surfing -the larger the board, the more stable- and one of the less expensive water sports.

Though it’s the perfect sport for beginners, stand up paddle boarding is a lot of exercise, a complete work out for your body and great for your coordination and balance. And you can practice it in lakes and lagoons too, even on the canals of Venice if you dare (don’t dare, it’s absolutely illegal).

If you want to try a new water sport that doesn’t  make your body sore afterwards, waterpillar is the new paddle boat. An idea released from Leonardo da Vinci’s mind, we always have tried to paddle the water with our legs, water cycling let’s say. Waterpillar offers a more intense paddling experience as you sit between two giant wheels, right above the surface of the sea, and it’s easier to drive. Give it try and bet your friends or family on a race.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are not exactly the latest crazy new water sport from Australia but they don’t need it. We are talking here about discovering the wonders of the undersea world, swimming with fish ranging all the colors of the rainbow or quenching our inside Indiana Jones by exploring a shipwreck in the Caribbean Sea. Actually, hot waters have the most colorful fish so if you want to peek into a sunken Avatar like scenery, dive between the Tropic lines.

Besides the many other attractions Lanzarote boasts -volcanic landscape, black sandy beaches, endemic flora and fauna and obviously our heavenly accommodation in the island– diving here is a unique experience. The waters of the Canary Islands benefit from the Gulf Stream and the rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean so all sorts of sea animals love living here, from whales and dolphins to uncountable colorful fish.

A totally acceptable twist to this is simply swimming with dolphins or rays because it’s still swimming, and swimming is still a water sport, right? Anyway, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

 
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