Five sports at the beach

Who says beach, says sun, idleness, tanning, nap, swimming, etc ... But for some holidaymakers, the beach is also synonymous with sport. Indeed, some also appreciate to exert themselves during their vacations and know it, the activities do not miss. Individual or collective activity, on the water or in the sand, beach sports offer a rich and varied range, so that anyone wishing to let off steam and enjoy the beach in a different way will find something for them. In this article, AFTER Beach brings you five of the most popular sports activities on the beach.

The paddle

It has been the most fashionable activity for several seasons. The principle ? Stand on a wide surfboard while paddling on calm seas or, even better, oil. The board measures on average between two and three meters. The origin of paddleboarding can be found in Polynesia. The idea? Practice a gentle activity on the water while enjoying the calm and an alternative point of view vis-à-vis other vacationers. Paddleboarding has the advantage that it can be played by everyone, including beginners, due to its simplicity.

Beach volleyball

A sport that appeared in the United States in the 1920s, beach volleyball has now become an Olympic sport. Practiced by two (in official competition configuration) or by several in leisure format, the rules of sand volleyball can, in this context, be modeled on those of indoor volleyball. A few tips if you want to do one or more games with your friends: on the one hand, hydrate a lot, because intensive practice in high heat requires regular drinking, on the other hand, protect your body with cream solar because a game can last a good hour (at least). Finally, prefer to play on dry sand because, when you dive to catch the ball, it will simply hurt you less.


It is one of the most popular activities because it is one of the easiest to do. Two full wooden rackets, one rubber ball and that's it. Between ping-pong and tennis, it's up to you to choose your rules or just try to beat a exchange record. A word of advice: choose a place (on the beach or by the water) with little traffic, so as not to risk snowshoeing or seeing people pass in the middle of your exchange. And no snowshoes are not out of date at all. It’s vintage.

Sand yachting

The fun practice of sand yachting dates back to the very end of the 19th century in Belgium. A speed sport, sand yachting requires several conditions: large sandy beaches at low tide (for example on the Atlantic coast or on the edges of the Channel) and a minimum of wind. A complete activity since the direction of the tank is directed with the feet while the hands will have to handle the rigging, in other words, the sail. If this activity seems complex, the equipment made available to you by the approved clubs will be adapted to your morphology but also to your practice.

The swimming

Why go for original sports when the most logical and simple activity is yours? Indeed, whether you are an average swimmer or a real dolphin, the sea offers you a varied playground: swim in a very calm or a little lively sea, and the sensations will not be the same, reach the first buoy, to your rhythm and, in the evening, you can be proud of your aquatic exercise. Because it has long been understood in the world of sport and science: swimming is one of the most complete sports and the most beneficial for the human body. Don't hesitate, a few sets of breaststroke or crawl will do you a lot of good, for children and adults alike.

Thomas Rouquette