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Stand Up Paddle with WhipperKids

Stand Up Paddle with WhipperKids

So.. We designed a paddle for kids..


Windsurfing is really fun but so is Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Doing multiple sorts of watersports is really beneficial for your skill level and feeling of comfort in, on and around the ocean. It’s no riddle, really - the more time you spend on the water, no matter in what way, the more knowledgeable, comfortable and talented you become. Doing different watersports rub off on each other - learning how to stay balanced on the board when stand up paddling will benefit you when windsurfing, while learning how the wind acts and moves, will help you judge and understand conditions when paddling. That is why giving kids the opportunity to do multiple watersports at once is truly important. It furthermore lengthens their attention span to be able to shift from one kind of surfing to another whenever they feel like it. Kids are inherently creative and if they have the chance to experiment and shuffle while learning, they will! Why not have a friend stand-up-paddle while another one windsurfs on the same board? Or have two kids paddling at same time?

 

 

Why SUP?


SUP as sport is currently exploding in popularity worldwide. We definitely feel the rise of interest and attention around the sport here in Denmark after it was decided, that we will host the World Championships in SUP in the beginning of September this year.


Moreover, several parents asked us about recommendations for a kid-friendly paddle that could be used with the WhipperBoard. This made us investigate the market thoroughly. We asked around, looked at what other kids would use, contacted distributors and a lot of suppliers. We realized that there wasn’t actually any recommendable paddles out there. Either the paddle was too long for the age group in question, designed with too big of a blade-size, too big handles, they were too fragile or too heavy. So.. Because of this, we decided to make our own paddle in proper standard dedicated kids between 3 and 7 years old.


The paddle


So what did we end up with?.. The WhipperPaddle is made with an adjustable handle so the length can be can be corrected according to conditions and preference. The blade is made in flexible and retro looking clear polycarbonate with a dihedral spine running in the middle. This decreases “paddle-wobble” and gives your kid(s) the best possible first-time experience with Stand Up Paddling. Both dimensions, flotation, look and usability was taken into consideration during the design process, thereby ensuring the best possible paddle for the small bullets.

 

By focusing on choosing the right dimensions we’ve made sure, that the paddle is perfectly functional for this segment. Secondly, for obvious reasons the paddle needs to float! When studying the market we actually bounced into paddles that were so heavy, that they would sink right to the bottom of the ocean if dropped - and they will be for sure! Our third priority was to make it affordable and durable. You can’t blame kids for wanting to build sandcastles, when they get an instrument in hand that bears a remarkable resemblance to a shovel. A paddle simply invites for digging and landscaping, so rather than fearing for the life of an over-expensive carbon paddle, the polycarbonate blade on the WhipperPaddle lets your kids roam around freely on the beach.


 

The WhipperBoard as SUP

The WhipperBoard board is great for paddling. It’s wide and stable and has lots of glide and directionality in relation to its short length. For kids it’s like a giant SUP. It can easily fit four friends, or one adult and a kid - and that makes it FUN!

The board was developed on Maui, Hawaii. In the process we couldn't resist the urge to take it for a spin in the waves - just to see how it would make it as inflatable wave SUP. To our surprise it actually worked pretty well. It has a really low rocker because it’s designed for sailing, but when you as an adult step back on the giant swallow-tail, you can actually manage to do some sharp turns. It was definitely a lot of fun, but the board would probably not excel on the market solely as an inflatable wave-SUP for adults ;)

There’s no doubt though, that kids with ease will be able to have their first experiences surfing (micro) waves on the WhipperBoard! It’s actually optimal for pushing kids on to their first waves as they can not get hurt when they fall. Having a rope tied to the D-ring on the board furthermore enables you to pull them right out into the lineup again.


Kids stand up paddle

 

How kids learn SUP


First of all, kids are superb learners! They learn lots of things by watching and imitating older kids and adults. Seeing parents, uncles, aunts or older siblings Stand Up Paddling will definitely prompt their learning and give them an initial idea about what they have to do. If they see teens and adults having fun with a paddle, they will want to join in! Kids are even more curious creatures than we are, and sooner or later they will most definitely like to try out their board with a paddle in hand. Furthermore kids usually get really excited about doing what they see adults (especially parents) do - after all mom and dad are the coolest people on the planet!


Then there is the entire learning-by-doing and trial-and-error-concept, that really dominates kids’ existence. By getting things in hand and feeling their way, kids quickly figure out what works and what doesn’t. Through experimentation they rapidly learn how to get the board moving forward and how to sustain direction.

 

Family SUP



Coordination & balance


The two challenges when learning how to SUP is coordination and balance. Luckily most kids have an excellent balance, but it it still takes a bit of practice learning how to “stand on water”. It’s an entire new feeling, even for us adults, and learning how to counterbalance the movements from the water is necessary.

When it comes to coordination a lot of stuff happens between the age of 3 and 7! It can be very difficult for the smallest ones to understand and manage changing the paddle from one hand to another, pulling the paddle through the water the right way and meanwhile staying balanced. The older they are, or the more experienced, the more developed are coordination skills and the easier it gets. Most kids like sitting on their knees while paddling the first couple of times. This is a way to compensate for the lack of coordination skills and for falling down, when they try to stand up. It’s a great start! It will teach them how to make the board move and stay on course. Sooner or later though, it’s a good idea prompting them to stand up. They will fall down and as they do, it’s important to keep a positive, calm attitude, showing them that this is part of the game, that it’s not dangerous and most importantly, that it’s not because they are doing it wrong! It takes practice, but they will get it fast.

After all it has to be fun all the time and everytime as long as they are this small. If not, we risk destroying the excitement and joy of trying it out and we wouldn’t want that! Finding the right balance between crossing boundaries and having fun is the key. Acknowledging and praising every effort they make on the water is absolutely essential. Learning watersports in this age should be nothing but an innocent game.

 

Kids SUP paddle

 

 

Once again - choose the right conditions


Of course it’s really important to support your kid the first times on the water. After all we are talking about kids between 3 and 7 years old.. When walking next to the board or even going for a paddle together, you empower the child and spark feelings of comfort and security. This will spark self-confidence and motivation to try on their own.

We can never say this too many times.. Always choose the conditions suitable for the small bullets. If they throw themselves into too windy or too bumby conditions, they will get scared and lose courage. Choose calm and shallow waters where the kids can roam around freely and feel in control and on top of their game. There’s no doubt they will choose more challenging conditions on their own, as soon as they feel ready for it! After all the most important thing of them all is keeping you kid safe on the water.

No matter what - don't hesitate buying your kids a paddle and taking them on the water. They will most definitely LOVE it - and the chance is, you will too :)

 

🙋🏼🍉🔥 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALO for reading 🙋🏼🍉🔥 

 

How to keep your kid safe in the water

How to keep your kid safe in the water
Water exerts an irresistible attraction for all children. From the pool to the ocean, even at home during their bath, children love to play in water.
It's sparkly.
Things float in it. And it's fun to splash about.. 

However, as we all know, we should never leave our little bubbles unattended - whether in a bathtub, ornamental fish pond, lake, swimming pool, spa, river or at the beach. If you follow our 5 safety tips to make sure your little water bubble stay safe while having fun this summer - you can enjoy those memorable family moments to the fullest!

kid swimming

1. Teach your children to swim

A lot of places offer special swimming courses for infants from 3 months of age, where parent and baby get to enjoy the water together. Sharing water time with parents from this age, is a great way to establish feelings of comfort and joy in connection with water. Toddlers can start having swimming lessons as young as 2 or 3 years old. From this age they have developed the motor and synchronization skills necessary for learning how to swim. Lessons like this are all about getting comfortable with having the head underwater, learning the initial leg kicking movements and floating on the back. There are plenty of great articles online summing up expert knowledge about the best, safest & funniest ways to teach your child how to svim.

Meanwhile kids can also become familiar with and confident in the water by using floating devices, when playing at shallow and calm spots.

 

whipper flotation kids swim vest

 

2. Invest in proper-fitting flotation devices

When it comes to floatation devices, life vests are always a great precaution. They keep the child afloat so they can focus on learning the proper movements of swimming - or just on having fun.

When selecting a floatation device or swim vest, it is important to determine the purpose of the device. If it is meant for recreational purposes in safe and controlled environments with constant supervision, devices like the WhipperVest are perfect. The WhipperVest supports swimming and acts as impact protection. It furthermore makes every kid look extra classy at the local beach scene.  

Most vests, like the WhipperVest, features a safety lock that ensures that the vests stays put whenever the kid is in the water. It is the perfect swimming assistants for your little beach bullet.

If, on the other hand, you want the device to add an additional layer of safety, to ensure your kid stays safer in the water, you need to look for devices that are approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), ensuring that the device it safety enhancing. )

No matter what - make sure you choose the proper size and check weight recommendations on the label so the vest fits snugly and feels comfortable.

two kids windsurfing    

 

3. Protect your children from the sun

The sun radiates light to the surface of the earth, and that light is made of invisible UV rays. When these rays reach the skin, we experience tanning, burning and in worst case skin damage. Children are more sensitive to sun and heat than adults, so if you love taking your little fish to sea, avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially with younger children. Very young kids have thinner skin and less of the protective chemical melanin in the skin, and therefore burn faster and easier than older kids and adults. For children up to six months that can't tolerate the chemical components in most sunscreen products, clothing and sun hats are the best choice. It's also a good idea hitting the beach before 12am or after 3pm, when the sun and UV radiation is not at it's highest. Even though we hardly have to mention it, remember sunscreen and reapply often.

Numerous articles walk you through the step-by-step best ways to protect your small ones against the sun, the best sunscreens to wear and where to by protecting clothes.

4. Keep them hydrated

Because kids are always active they sweat a lot, even in the water. They easily get dehydrated, so make sure they get plenty of liquids during a hot day on the beach. Water is the number one defense against heatstroke and heat exhaustion because it keeps the body temperature down. Luckily kids usually feel their thirst and ask for water themselves - but if they are having fun, they might forget. Have them drink a cup to one and a half of water 40 minutes before you take off to the beach. If it's a hot day and your kid is playing hard under the sun, have them drink another cup of water every half hour. That will keep them hydrated and energetic during the day. Fruit also contains lots of water and is a great source of vitamins and energy for a fun day.

 

mom and kid windsurf

 

5. Choose the right spot and the right conditions

If you plan on introducing your kid to water sports like windsurfing, choosing the right spot is essential. Kids windsurf is all about about calm weather and protected water areas - it’s about having fun.

To begin with you just need a small area of water. It can be a pond, an outdoor swimming pool or a harbour. The great thing about framed areas, compared to the big, open ocean, is that they can’t physically sail away. If you do not have an area like this near by, agree with the small sailor that they can’t cross a specific point or tie a long leash to the board. The wind should be light so the kid feel in control of both  sail and board.

 

 

If you follow these simple precautions presented here, you will be able to lean back, relax and enjoy watching your kids first shark impression Olympic dive or windsurf session. 

 

 

 

  💦🐳🌤 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALfor reading   🌤🐳💦

Why kids are natural born watermen - and women

 

We all have fond memories of splashing around in the water as a child. Whether it was in a pool, lake or at the beach, water activities are a part of childhood. Yet for some reason, parents are all too often surprised just how early kids become fond of water! Almost every kid loves playing around in ways that assembles an early adaption to water sport. Even the shiest, least confident little ones can quickly fall in love with being in the water, sparking a passion that can last a lifetime. Of course, watersports aren’t just great fun; they’re also important for child development and in many ways educational. At their core though, watersports are simply cool for everyone..

                                                           

 Why do kids love water sports?

Many children experience being totally put off sports at an early age due to the pressures of team competition. After all, team sports can be surprisingly difficult to join in on. Luckily, most watersports don’t work like that at all. Watersports like windsurfing, SUP, surfing and snorkeling have a strong focus on individual development. All of these sports are fundamentally about mastering your own body and your equipment. They are as competitive as you want them to be, but at heart they are about the individual experience. There’s no team to disappoint, no rivals to lose to, and no stress!

The sense of mastery and control, that kids experience when sailing fast on the water (from a kids point of view at least) releases lots of endorphins and serotonin. These are the human body’s natural drugs for keeping us mentally healthy, and that means HAPPY. Kids don’t know about these chemicals, they just call it “fun.” The body also releases chemical rewards for motivation, determination, and accomplishment. This means that while learning new skills and achieving new levels of performance, kids are being chemically rewarded and therefore having FUN! While children are having a blast playing on the water, they develop coordination and balance skills at their own pace. The freedom kids experience on water is essential for development of independence and confidence. The younger kids are when they get to grapple with water sports, the more fun it is to learn, since learning in that age happens in an intuitive manner through play.  

 

                                            

 

Water sports simply bring something unique to the table that not many other on-land sports can!

 

Water sports are adventurous

Another cool thing about water sports is the sense of adventure. While most common sports take place on a set field or court, almost all watersports involve getting out into the wild. This sparks children’s natural urge to explore the world. Kids are curious by nature and want to learn new things and challenge themselves. They love exploring rivers and lakes of the wilderness by kayak or SUP, and catching a glimpse of the alien undersea world by snorkeling. Sailing gives kids the opportunity to adventure even further. Here they get to grapple with natural forces like wind, water and weather sparking the adventurous spirit within. Water adventures simply gives young minds the opportunity to engage with nature in an active and healthy way.

 

                    

 

Water sports are educational

So.. It’s pretty obvious that watersports are funned cool, but actually they also have an important educational value. Children can learn about environmental conservation at school, but can textbooks really compare to the real world?

By engaging in watersport in an early age, kids learn to understand our collective need to preserve the natural world, simply by discovering the value of the great outdoors. When children love the beach, they begin to understand why littering is so terrible. When their favorite sport depends on waterways, they understand why our rivers, lakes and oceans need to be kept clean.

With time watersports can also be a great way to stimulate a child’s interest in ecosystems and other aspects of the natural world. An integral part of surfing is to understand movements of the ocean. Paddle boarders quickly realize the importance of reading the weather and sailors need to learn basics about how the wind and atmospheric pressure work. The great outdoors is a better teacher than any textbook, and kids always learn well through their own life experiences. In this sense, watersports trigger many different learning aspects, and there is really no reason not to get out there!🐬 🦈 

Before you do though - keep in mind that safety must always be the number one priority. 

 

Be Safe

Along with being fun and educational, watersports do have a serious prerequisite. It’s important for parents to keep their little one safe in the water. Either by making sure they wear a flotation vest like the WhipperVest or that they are taught to swim as soon as they are ready. Anyone who engages in watersport has to learn to respect the water and should have the skills or safety devices necessary. Either way, the key is to imbue children with not only passion and love for watersports, but also a sense of responsibility and care.

 

                                    Kids water vest windsurfing safety vest whipper kids

 

Anyway, the point is that kids and watersports go together like … well, kids and waterspouts!🦈 🐳 Most kids just can’t get enough of the water, especially those who don’t necessarily go nuts over your average school sports like soccer. Why? Put simply, it’s because watersports offer adventure, fun and the chance to develop skills without stress or pressure. Throw in the fact that watersports can provide kids with important knowledge that will stick with them throughout their lives, and it’s a no brainer that all kids should be encouraged to give watersports a try. Odds are, they’ll love it!

 

Help your own kid on the water by buying the Whipper1 and keep you child safe with the WhipperVest

 

                                                               

 

                  🙋🏼 🐯🛀🏻 See you next time Whipper. MAHALfor reading 🙋🏼🐯🛀🏻