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Like a cross between a kayak and a surfboard. Probably invented by cavemen on logs, but new again.
They look like good clean fun. A friend of mine takes her dog on it with her. Her husband fly-fishes for Stripers and Blues off one in Block Island Sound, and looks down on decadent fishermen on comfy boats. I can picture a thrilling Nantucket Sleigh Ride with a fat Striper on the line. Cool ride.
There is always space for new sorts of water fun. I was told that a local joint sold out of them on Father's Day, at $700-2000 per board.
Apparently you can surf on them, if you have some sense of fun, but getting wet is part of it all. Generally, you have to keep your knees bent to do the balancing thing when there's a good chop or wavy gravy, as in skiing or snowboarding. Paddleboards.
"Probably invented by cavemen on logs, but new again."
Not unless the ancient Hawaiians who are widely credited with inventing this and other forms of board surfing lived in caves.... which they didn't. They only buried their royalty in caves. I can imagine "cavemen" in other parts of the world riding on wet logs in rivers and streams while sitting down on them perhaps. But standing up on them? In a fast moving river? Or in ocean surf? Don't think so. The inventor had to be someone who grasped (even if only intuitively) the concepts of sailing and how watercraft worked. Them's the polynesians, bruddah.
This has been around a couple of years now up in Minnesota. A cousin of mine who goes to Hawaii every winter was an early adopter well before it became more broadly adopted. It's a pleasant way to paddle around on the water, particularly if the water is conducive to swimming and just hanging out sitting on the board with feet in the water.