Introduction to the Stand Up Paddleboarding – Part 1

Stand up paddleboarding, or otherwise known as SUP, has taken the world by storm in terms of a leisure pastime and also a sport. Perhaps you don’t actually own a board yourself but you probably know one or two people who do own the equipment.

The popularity of SUP is due to it being extremely beginner-friendly and the purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of SUP to the uninitiated to novices. SUP offers something for absolutely everybody no matter what physical condition you may be in, whatever age you are, and whether you are male or female. The ultimate goal of this blog is to educate beginners in everything to start their SUP experience, so they can get geared up and out on the water as soon as possible and in complete safety.

What is SUP

Stand up paddleboarding is like surfing, just not as fast and normally not on such wild water. It uses a type of surfboard but has a long paddle that enables the craft to move through the water. The two important pieces of kit needed to go paddleboarding are a paddle and a board, and let’s not forget some water.

The art of standing on some sort of floating material and pushing yourself through water has been in existence for thousands of years. The modern activity was created in Hawaii right back in the 1940s. The idea came from surf instructors who used to stand on their boards to get a better idea how their students were coping in the swells.

The real SUP pastime as we know and love today really did not start to take off until the early part of the new millennium. And by 2013 it had become a recognized sport and was adopted by many first-time boarders as they could see how easy it was.

Why Is It So Popular?

Basically, SUP has become so popular because almost anybody can paddle a board. It differs from surfing which requires a number of skills to be taught before the students can go near their boards. Most first timers can be standing up on their boards within half an hour of learning the basics.

SUP Magazine recently conducted a survey that unearthed that over 60% of all American paddle boarders are self-taught. On top of all this is the fact that nearly anybody can paddleboard, as you do not have to be in top physical condition to participate. It is difficult to think of another sport which would appeal to athletes, seniors, kids and even pregnant women.

SUP is also really popular as you can do it on almost any water, paddle propulsion can take you on adventures on every waterway and different kind of waves. Flat water SUP is probably the most popular as whole families can enjoy lakes, ocean bays, ponds and even swimming pools.

For the more adventurous and experienced, it is possible to engage in SUP on fast flowing rivers, ocean waves, white water and even tidal bores, in fact any type of water is a SUP opportunity. It is claimed by a survey in 2014 that 14 million paddleboard outings were made in the USA. We continue our discovery of SUP in part two of this blog.