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The Oar Board®: a Rowing Machine For Your Paddle Board

Fitness instructors say that the indoor rowing machine is the best exercise equipment found in a modern gym. The new Oar Board® rower unit from Whitehall Rowing & Sail offers identical fitness benefits to anyone who attaches one to a paddle board and more, it and gets you out there rowing on the water building core strength and muscle while breathing fresh, clean air.


The Oar Board® rowing unit fits onto almost any standup paddle board (SUP), to instantly convert it into a smooth, fast and stable sculling boat that keeps a person fit and relaxed. It’s stable enough for novices and responsive enough for accomplished rowers to enjoy. Gold medal Olympian Adam Kreek says: “I love my Oar Board®. It’s fun, it’s fast and I get a super workout.”


Rowing with an Oar Board® is similar to rowing a stationary rowing machine at the gym except you hold a pair of ultra light carbon fiber oar handles, one in each hand, while you push out with both legs. The power of your legs is transferred to the oar blades that grip the water. The oars work as giant levers moving the paddle board quickly and efficiently.


Rowing an Oar Board™ offers the same the calorie burn as running, with no stress on the knees, joints or connective tissues so it’s perfect for cross-training or even serving as a complete exercise program. Rowing on a lake, river or the ocean, where there is more motion involved, recruits more secondary muscles and enhances the exercise gains. Steering, adjusting your stroke and keeping a lookout ahead bring both stretching and mental attunement into the picture.


Designed by Harold Aune, founder of Whitehall Rowing & Sail and builder of the world’s best all water rowing boats since 1987, the Oar Board® rower is now being rowed in over 42 countries. It is available for purchase online at or at a select number of dealers located worldwide.


About the Author:

Oar Board Sales Manager: Diana loves rowing, hiking and traveling to exotic places. She is a top notch all water rowing instructor and winner of the long distance rowing events in the R2AK 2015 and 2016. Diana is the go-to person regarding the Oar Board®. “I love rowing and there’s nothing better than promoting what you’re passionate about!”


  1. Brad Hamilton July 8, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hello, with many of the 12 and 14 foot boards for racing and touring now having a curved bottom or con-cave portion for speed and tracking, if you strap the rower to your “hard” board with this feature, will the straps vibrate (since they will not be flush with the board) and slow the board down? You mention a future combo with Lahui Kai, is there plans for deck plugs on top to eliminate the strap from going all around the board, like your inflatables? An insert, like the pop-up handle well on many SUPs, would appear to be strong enough and allow for strapping just on the deck and help with less drag. This would allow the 12 or 14 foot board to be more versatile depending on the type of paddling someone is looking for that day. Thanks… Brad

    • Diana Lesieur July 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Hello Brad,
      Thank you for your comment and interest in the Oar Board®.
      You are correct a concave bottom will cause more drag. Shipping a hard board is very pricey for our customers, so we decided to make an inflatable SUP that you can also travel with instead.

  2. Emily Silgard August 31, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    What’s it gonna take to get a fleet of Whitehall oar boards out for the first leg R2AK 2018 😉
    – Emily (R2AK 2016 Onism, R2AK 2017 Global)

  3. Diana Lesieur September 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Well Emily it’s going to take you rowing one 😉 See you next year on the water!!

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