From the high-flying excitement of flyboarding to the serene and calming experience of SUP yoga, water sports offer a diverse range of fun and adventurous activities for everyone. With the advent of new boards, sails, and gear, it's now easier than ever to explore new aquatic experiences, whether you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping thrill ride or a relaxing escape from the daily grind. Whether you want to soar above the waves while parasailing, dive beneath the surface with subwing diving, or explore the underwater world with sea walking, there's a water sport activity out there to fit your needs.
Perhaps no watercraft has attracted crowds of spectators when it came out like the mechanical flyboard did—except maybe the jet ski. Once you strap into a flyboard and turn on the throttle, you are in for a water-levitating adventure. Flyboarding tricks seem like magic. One fun trick that doubles as a wipeout-coping tactic is diving.
Waterskiing, wakeboarding and on-land skateboarding have a new cousin. It’s wakeskating. Without their feet attached to a board like in wakeboarding, wakeskaters like a greater challenge. They still do awesome tricks too.
Kayaking in a river or on flat bays and lakes are the most common options among many water sports activities. Most people don’t realize how fun riding waves in a kayak can be! Some people even use closed kayaks with skirts instead of sit-on-top kayaks, which are made for warm water.
Fast & Fun, But not as Furious Rides
Kiteboarding & Kitesurfing
Both types of kiting can involve high speeds, jumps and tricks. But they don’t need to be crazy intense! Kiteboarding on open water and kitesurfing waves are fun ways to capture the wind. You still get a workout too! Bringing the right gear to your first lesson ensures you have fun sooner.
With one board-setups like surfboards, paddleboards and kiteboards getting all the wave-riding action, skiers finally couldn’t take it! Now you can shred ocean waves on two skis. Protect your shins and calves from boot rashes by wearing swim leggings.
Have you ever wanted to swim beneath the surface like a fish—without all that effort? Enter Subwing diving. Just put on goggles and grab onto a two-winged “subwing” and let a boat tow you along. Control coming up for air, twists, dives and zooming to one side.
Parasailing is one of the most thrilling water sports activities that can be enjoyed on a boat. This sport involves being hoisted into the air and gliding over the water surface, giving participants a unique bird's eye view of the surrounding ocean and coastline. Parasailing is like a more exciting hot air balloon—without relying on fire and liquid propane while airborne…
Aquatic Exploring Sports
Also known as canyoning, canyoneering is a fun way to use a canyon with a flowing river as an adult water park. With a combination of jumping off waterfalls and boulders, swimming, wading, sliding and floating, the ways you’ll cover aquatic territory are versatile. Avoid scrapes and getting cold while wading and sliding with a rash guard and swim legging combo.
Scuba diving’s need to wrangle tanks and hoses while worrying about water pressure isn’t for everyone. Now you can slip on a modern, aerated version of an old-school dive helmet and sea walk on the bottom. There are a few skills to learn for breathing. However, you don’t even need to know how to swim! Wearing a wetsuit or rash guard can ensure you don’t shiver and blur your view of the fish and coral!
Melding the calming effect of water sports activities and the calming effect of yoga—or perhaps just upping the ante from practicing on solid ground, Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) yoga is an exciting way to get bendy. A long sleeve swimsuit can help protect you from sunburn and board rashes.
You may have heard that cold baths and showers can improve mood and health. But have you taken on this personal challenge yet? This is one you can practice at home in your bathtub before a cold-weather destination trip or a winter game time in your local lake! We recommend wearing swim leggings as you start outdoors.
For a long time, there weren’t many water sports activities to choose from, because there weren’t many companies making new boards, sails and gear. That’s not the case nowadays! With manufacturers and retailers dedicated to making exciting boards, sails, harnesses, tow ropes and clothing to protect you, there is a water sport to fit nearly everyone’s idea of fun!