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Paddle boarding is a highly accessible sport and can be done alone or with friends.

Paddle Boarding is this winter's No1 budget water sport in the UAE. Find out where you can join in the stand up paddle boarding craze and the benefits of taking part in the awesome past time.

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One of the fastest growing water sports in the UAE is paddle boarding. It’s an easy sport to pick up and can offer you a new found freedom being out in the open ocean with nothing but the breeze in your hair and the sound of the ocean in your ears. Paddle boarding is also very friendly on your wallet and won’t put a major dent in your bank balance.

Beyond being ‘’fund friendly’’ paddle boarding offers a whole range other benefits:

FUN

According to the StandUp Journal, the Hawaiians pioneered stand up paddle boarding for fun! It goes all the way back to the 1940’s, but in the past few years has become really popular. A session of paddle boarding in almost certain to de-stress you and put a huge smile on your face. It’s a highly accessible sport and can be done alone, with family, spouses, or friends. No matter who you do it with your guaranteed to have an amazing time out on the water.

One of the fastest growing water sports in the UAE is paddle boarding.

FITNESS

This simple to learn water sport is not only fun, but it is also a great workout that will torch calories without you even feeling as though your exercising. The average person will burn 500+ calories per hour! It’s also awesome for upper body and core strength due to the pulling and twisting motions that the paddler is engaged in.

FOCUS

Perhaps one of the best benefits of going paddle boarding is the meditative state that you will experience. The smell and sound of the ocean, the soothing rhythm of the waves, and just being out on the water are enough to make you feel calm and relaxed.

LOCATIONS

Below are some of the BEST locations in the UAE that you can hire paddle boards on a budget:


Paddle boarding is awesome for upper body and core strength.



Article provided by: Nutrition Souq

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Marin on the verge of early exit at Dubai World Superseries finals

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Early exit: Carolina Marin.

Carolina Marin, the world champion, the BWF player of the year, and the favourite to win the Super Series finals for the first time, was pushed to the edge of the exit on Friday after a second surprising defeat in two days.

The Spaniard’s 21-9, 21-15 loss to the half-overlooked but highly mobile Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara left Marin’s survival depending on Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying achieving an improbable first win of the week against former world number one Saina Nehwal.

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And yet Marin’s debut in the tour’s flagship event started satisfactorily two days ago with a tidy victory over Tai.

It went very oddly wrong however when she missed a game point in the first game yesterday against Nehwal, her far-from-fit predecessor as number one, and slid to a defeat that sounded as though it was as unexpected to her opponent as to anyone else.

It soon became even worse today against Okuhara, who took the lead straight away, dominated the first game, resisted Marin’s fightback from a four-point deficit to 11-11, and finished as confidently as if she had expected this outcome all along.

Certainly in the slow conditions the result was less of a surprise than it seemed. Marin’s formidable smash hardly ever found the floor, and after one long rally which she nearly won several times but somehow never quite did she ended flat on her back on the floor.

That dramatic moment, at 13-11, also seemed significant.

The Spaniard’s point-winning screams of celebration grew fewer while Okuhara’s movements became ever quicker and, after completing her third win of the week to become an unexpected semi-finalist, Okuhara claimed she expected to play even better.

But there was a wait of several hours before that probability, along with Nehwal’s fate, could be confirmed.

A few moments later Ratchanok Intanon joined Okuhara in the semi-finals.

The former world champion from Thailand was able to create many more openings than Marin had, and enterprisingly squeezed out a 21-14, 21-19 win against Wang Shixian, the former world number one from China.

The other Chinese player, Wang Yihan, the former world champion, had already qualified in this group, with two tough three-game wins, one of which was against her compatriot, the other Wang. 

The best known Chinese player here, the defending champion Chen Long, completed an unbeaten three-match sequence in his group with a 21-14, 21-17 win over Jan Jorgensen, the world number two from Denmark.

Both had already qualified for the semi-finals and according to Chen “enjoyed themselves out there.”

That did not however prevent him from accelerating impressively from a 10-13 deficit to win the first game, and producing another well-timed surge of five points out of six in the middle of the second game to ensure control of the match. He looks an odds on favourite.

Earlier the tournament saw the premature exit of one famous player, but in the process lost two pairs of Olympic champions, when Zhao Yunlei withdrew with a knee injury.

Zhao, a winner gold medals in women’s and mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, had struggled through four matches in the two doubles events with her partners Tian Qing in the women’s and Zhang Na, before deciding to call it off for the week after two wins and two defeats.

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Nehwal causes major upset in Dubai finals

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Saina Nehwal launched an unlikely comeback from the third game.

India’s Saina Nehwal kept her Dubai World Superseries Finals dream alive with an extraordinary win over reigning world champion Carolina Marin.

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The 23-21, 9-21, 21-12 triumph at the Hamdan Sports Complex will go down as the greatest in her career to date.

Nehwal lost her opening group match heavily yesterday and had not trained for three weeks following a recurrence of her Achilles injury.

Marin was playing well in the first two games of the match but in the third some uncharacteristic errors left the door open for Nehwal to take advantage, which she did with aplomb.

Nehwal’s focus is now on healing her troublesome Achilles and ensuring that she does not have a similar lapse in concentration to Marin when she takes on out-of-form defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Should the Indian come through that game as expected, she could reach Saturday’s semi-finals.

Marin must now win her last group match against unbeaten Nozomi Okuhara as a minimum requirement to progress. If she does win it could leave three players with two wins, and cause a countback of games won and lost.

Elsewhere, former world No 1 Wang Yihan qualified for the semis after coming back from a game and 16-17 down to beat Ratchanok Intanon in an epic tussle between two former world champions.

Wang’s compatriot Chen Long qualified for the men’s singles semi-finals after confidently beating Hong Kong’s Hu Yun 21-17, 21-12.

The surprises continued into the doubles arena where women’s doubles world champions, Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, were beaten by Indonesian pair Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari. This means that three pairs will battle it out for the two semi-final places on Friday.

The men’s doubles was altogether a more routine affair as champions from Korea Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong are unbeaten with two wins.

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