Stand Up Paddle boarding
SUP is one of the fastest growing recreational and sporting activities on the water. Our gulf and inland waterways are perfect for paddle boarding. Our expert guides will make sure you understand not only how best to use your board, but introduce you to some of our most beautiful and secret spots.
What is Stand up paddle boarding or surfing:
The sport benefits athletes with a strong ‘core’ workout. SUP’ing is popular at warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes are training with paddleboards. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere where there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world.
The first “modern” surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing or boarding out of Hawaii and onto mainland USA was Vietnam veteran, Rick Thomas. In 2000, Rick – on a 11ft Muñoz board, and with a Leleo Kinimaka paddle – introduced California to the new sport . The sport has subsequently become hugely popular in Europe, promoted largely by former professional windsurfing champion, Graeme Fuller
Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.
New custom Stand up paddle board prices range from US$700 to US$1500, and most use glass-reinforced plastic construction using epoxy resin that is compatible with the expanded polystyrene foam used in the core. The boards are generally longer than 9 feet (3 m), and up to 12 feet (4 m) or more in length, with features such as padded decks and concave hulls; they generally have one or three surfboard-style fins in the stern for tracking.
As of October 3, 2008, the US Coast Guard now classifies SUPs as vessels and as a result SUP riders are obliged to wear a personal floatation device when paddling in certain areas. Whether this will affect the continued take up of stand up paddling in the USA remains to be seen.
A stand up paddle is one of several tools needed to stand up paddle surf. The stand up paddle is used to propel you across the surface of the water while standing on a surf board. The paddle consists of a blade, shaft and handle. Each component has its own purpose and form that allows you to paddle smoothly through the water.
Stand up surfer incorporating the paddle
Common stand up carbon handle