Whether you are a water sports participant or simply live on the coast or near a large body of water, research concludes you’re more likely to have a better state of mental health than urbanites. The restorative power of being on, in or under the water are well known for the psycho-physiological positive affects upon us. Living by the coast tends to encourage physical activity (PA), social cohesion and a sense of belonging. Even you don’t live near the coast, but are a water sport or recreation lover, even thinking about the prospect of the weekend at the coast, lake or river seems to promote aspirational positivity. In short it can get you through the weeks work when you sense escapism at the end of it.
From a research view point while hard to quantify, if you are a ‘water life and living’ personality, then you know the feeling I’m speaking of; in short you don’t need someone in a lab coat with a clipboard to tell you what know to be true. Years ago they had to conduct tests on smokers to see if smoking was bad for you; really, are we that stupid? Swimming, Surfing, Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding (paddlesports), Wind Foiling all offer different levels of benefits.
Swimming increases blood flow to the brain and in turn oxygen, glucose and nutrients. Just 30 minutes of swimming is known for lowering incidences of depression and anxiety, releases endorphins (feel good juice) into the system. Surfing has long been the bastion of finding contentment, an anti-establishment tribal activity, associated with being an ‘emotional stabiliser’ soothing the mind and emotions. Above all, it’s a grounding activity that immerses you in connecting with nature, harnessing its energy for one of nature’s ultimate free rides in the same way as windsurfing harnesses both wind and waves for the same buzz, even if a little more equipment dependent.
SUP offers physiological, musculoskeletal and psychological positive affects, which like the other activities has shown to have a positive affect on the quality of life. Simple and easily accessible, SUP is the push-bike of the ocean, an enabler and portal to the world of paddlesports and all that they offer. To be a paddler is to rekindle ancient reflexing long forgotten as primal as throwing a spear or unleashing an arrow from a bow. Today, wing foiling offers you the chance to become a pioneer in an activity that’s cool and with few limits which feeds upon your pre-existing skill set to experience something truly unique. We’re behind you in ‘knowing’ the feeling, Mistral water life and living since 1976.