Here in Wilmington, NC with water all around us, we love to enjoy the outdoors in the warmer months. Rather than staying indoors at the gym, why not try out some of the many water sports available in Wilmington? From stand-up paddleboarding on the ocean or the sound to kayaking in the ocean. Maybe try a gentle paddle or surf session at sunset on the Cape Fear River around the tidal creeks and basins.

With built-in cooling on a hot summer day, water sports are the best way to exercise this summer in Wilmington, NC.

SUP – Standup Paddle Boarding in Wilmington NC – Burn 280 calories/hour

Stand-up paddler silhouettes at sunset

Stand-up paddleboarding is great full body workout on the water. It’s like a cross between surfing and kayaking. Take a class, lesson, or rent a board by the hour and cruise around on the Intracoastal. Try it out at these locations:

Wrightsville SUP

Cape Fear Paddleboarding

Carolina Paddleboard Co.

Masonboro Watersports

Surfing in Wrightsville Beach / Carolina Beach – Burn 210 calories/hour

Surfer riding the wave

Water sports, including surfing, burn a huge amount of calories in a short amount of time. Any time your body has to work against resistance, you’ll burn extra calories, and you’re encountering a great deal of resistance in the water. You’ll be burning fat and improving your muscle tone because you’re using all of your muscle groups at one time–your core, your legs and your arms. Rent a board, take a lesson, or sign up for a surf class in Wilmington, NC.

Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp

Kure Beach Surf Camp

PaddleNC at Carolina Beach State Park

Tony Silvagni Surf School

Carolina School of Surf

Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Academy

Pleasure Island Rentals

Kayaking in Wilmington NC – Burn 350 calories/hour

young couple with their kayak in hawaii

Sit-down fun on the water. Kayaking in the Wilmington, NC, area includes ocean, river, lake, creek and sound kayaking—all offer a very different experience. These little boats are great for all ages and activity levels. Whether you have your own or want to rent by the hour or for the day, there is something for everyone looking to kayak around Wilmington, NC this summer.

Try kayaking here:

Hook, Line and Paddle

Manaheim Adventures

Watersmith Kayaking

PaddleNC at Carolina Beach State Park

Wrightsville Kayak Co.

Expedition Organization

City of Wilmington Kayak Programs

Greenfield Lake Park

Ted’s Fun on the River

Wheel Fun Rentals

Adventure Kayak Company

At King Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC, we love to help you perform better and recuperate more quickly. Our chiropractic care can help you improve your performance or ease pain from exercise strain. If you’ve overdone your water sports workout and need some help with pain relief, call King Chiropractic at (910) 777-7228.