Originally Posted by blutzski
Can someone explain why it appeals to them not just answer a question with more questions?
I like being on the river, that is why I have been kayaking for the last 18 years of my life 90-100 days a year. One day I woke up and was kind of bored of class III-IV kayaking and didn't feel like running class V anymore because I feel the overwhelming desire to be able to feed my kids and not be pinned on a cold ass creek somewhere and die.
First I got into paddling wildwater boats because that made Class III-IV really exciting again and was a fun fitness activity. Then I started trying all sorts of surfboards on whitewater park features because that was more interesting to me than learning to Mcnasty. Pretty soon I figured out that most surfboards only worked on big waves at high water (i.e. Glenwood at 20k, etc.). I also figured out that having a paddle was a distinct advantage. If liked surfing a kayak so I figured I would like surfing on my feet and guess what...I do.
Now that I also have a really stable SUP board that we designed just for running rivers I am also digging paddling easy whitewater on it. Paddling down class II-III on a SUP board is just a more interesting challenge for me then sitting in a kayak. It makes whitewater that I otherwise would not have bothered with pretty fun and interesting.
There are also additional fitness benefits and comfort benefits of being on your feet instead of your butt. It is also a really cool perspective on the river that also makes it different from what I had been doing all the years previous. I like being 6' + above the water and seeing fish downstream before I spook them and watching water flow over rocks.
I also dig that my wife likes it because she is not freaked out about having to roll and my kids like it too for the same reason.