5 Best Standup Paddleboards to Ride in 2014
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5 Best Standup Paddleboards to Ride in 2014

Laird Hamilton swears by the power of the paddleboard: "As I started doing it exclusively, I noticed my body getting stronger," he said after discovering the sport more than 30 years into his pro surfing career. "Like swimming, paddleboarding is an all-body workout. It strengthens your core and stabilization system, requiring your connective tissue to generate power through your hands and out your feet." On top of the physical benefits, Hamilton says it can also be a fun way to reconnect with nature, restore your balance, and calm your spirit. Whether you want to exercise, tour, surf, or race, these five are the best, most well-engineered SUPs to paddle in 2014.

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