Any of our followers who have given stand up paddleboarding a go will know just how hard it is to initially get to your feet and maintain balance. Board width certainly makes a difference and any SUP below 28″ in width makes staying upright and dry nearly impossible. So imagine just how hard it must be to ride a stick of bamboo about six inches wide and then start performing tricks and jumps on it?
Bamboo drifting or bamboo pole racing as it is also known, is a traditional sport which is ingrained in culture in the Guangxi Region of China and see’s participants riding a long bamboo trunk whilst paddling, canoe style with a thinner bamboo pole. As if this isn’t difficult enough, the athletes then take it to another level when they add in things like the splits, spinning jumps and press up’s.
The two videos below feature the sport of bamboo drifting and show the athletes in training for the annual Dragon Boat Festival and give you some idea of the level of skill needed to SUP on bamboo sticks. Let us know what is the narrowest paddleboard you have ever tried to ride and would you like to try bamboo pole racing?