Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? With the holidays wrapping up, most of us will be heading back to work and readjusting to our daily routines—so it’s the perfect time to pick out a new hobby to shake up your weekends!
Below, we will be looking at a few of our favorite extreme hobbies for water lovers. We hope that our list encourages you to try something new in 2016!
Bodyboarding combines the thrill of surfing big waves with the sensation of body-to-water contact. Instead of standing up as they ride the crest, face and curl of a wave, bodyboarders will typically ride on their stomach or knees while riding waves and performing tricks or maneuvers.
Bodyboarding can be a great activity for thrill seekers who want to get closer to the water. All you’ll need to get started is your board—also known as a “sponge”—, a leash to keep you connected to your board, and a pair of fins to make navigating the water easier.
For an activity that combines the best of wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding and more, kitesurfing might be just the thing for you or a family member. Kitesurfers stand up on kiteboards (similar to wakeboards) and are propelled through the water by a power kite that moves through the wind. There are several different ways to kitesurf—from aiming for speed to simply enjoying the ride—but we’re sure you will find the mode that’s right for you.
If your idea of fun is hitting the open water on a fast-moving personal watercraft, jet skiing is the activity for you. One of the best aspects of this fun water sport is how easily you and your family can enjoy it—after purchasing the jet ski and safety gear, you are free to cruise out to your favorite ocean or lake spot and jet ski the day away. As an added perk, you won’t have to rely on conditions like wind to have fun!
Another versatile hobby, canoeing, might be right for you if you like to enjoy your time on the water in several different ways. Looking for a relaxing experience early in the morning? Hop into your canoe with a friend or family member and soak up those early rays. Want to take a friend fishing? Your canoe works for that, too.
However, when it comes to extreme activity on the water, canoeing can be especially enjoyable! Take your canoe (and some safety gear) out for an afternoon of whitewater canoeing. This is an exhilarating experience worth trying out, as there’s a grade of rapids for virtually every canoer (from lighter, more navigable rapids to rougher ones for experts).
To enjoy the feel of the wind and waves like you would on a sailboat—but from a more personal, involved perspective—give windsurfing a try! Windsurfers use a sailboard to navigate the water and perform exciting tricks, and there’s a range of activity level (from relaxing to extreme) for windsurfers to enjoy. Find one that you’re comfortable with and have fun!
It may be a few months before you head back on the water, but these hobbies should help you maximize your fun when you do.