SUP Sport

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Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing. It's generally agreed that the sport has roots in ancient Polynesia, but it didn't really enter the modern mindset until the mid 20th century, when Waikiki's "beach boys" decided to stand up on their longboards and paddle around with outrigger canoe oars to get a better look at their surfing students, spot far-off waves, take photos for tourists or simply to have something to do on flat days. It wasn't until the late 1990s that the modern explosion began, thanks to big wave surfer and exercise guru Laird Hamilton picking up SUP and publicizing it as simultaneously adventurous, peaceful and a solid form of core conditioning for surfers and non-surfers alike.

 

Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. And you don’t need to spend hours and hours of practice to become proficient, SUP is easy to learn, simple to do and incredibly FUN.

The sport was documented in a 2013 report that identified it as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States that year. Variations include flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids (whitewater SUP), Paddle board yoga and even fishing.

 

Stand Up Paddling, Paddleboarding, Paddlesurfing, SUP - Whatever you choose to call it, there’s something magical about the simple act of walking on water.  It appeals equally to everyone, no matter men and women, young and old, families, fitness freaks, as long as one curious enough to give it a try. With unrivaled ease of use and versatility, SUP offers a uniquely elevated perspective on the water and is a perfect way to explore secluded, hidden coves and coastlines.

SUP is a sport and a lifestyle that keeps you one paddle stroke away from adventures big and small.


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2017.06.05
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