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What's S.U.P.?  Your guide to the types of Stand Up Paddleboards


By. Steve Hartman


It might amaze you what people are doing with their Stand Up Paddleboards these days. It seems that if you give someone a stable platform and some water they’re liable to try just about anything. Some people see Stand Up Paddleboards, or SUPs as they are generally called, as both a tool for adventure and one for pure relaxation - most will fall within that spectrum.


If you’re wondering what you can do with your SUP, check out the info below and, if you’ve tried these out, let us know how it worked out for you.




In its most basic form, you have Stand Up Paddleboarding. This is your flatwater and touring paddling that pretty much most SUPs do. It’s all gliding along and enjoying a recreational day on quiet and calm waters. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful sunny day solo or surrounded by family and friends. Wherever there’s water, you can probably Stand Up Paddleboard there, although I wouldn’t recommend trying it in the fountain at the mall.


Stand Up Paddleboarding




Surfing is very popular in the SUP community. A SUP is shaped very similar to a surfboard so it transfers very easily. The big benefit to using a SUP to get to the wave as oppose to your traditional surfboard is all in the paddle. You can get to waves quicker and have more momentum. On top of that, you’re standing up so you can get a much better view of the coming swells than those with their stomachs on the board.


Stand Up Paddleboard Surfing




Stand Up Paddleboard Racing is growing ever popular and there are plenty of tournaments across this big ole world of ours where you can put your skills to the test. Its increased awareness and interest is gaining ground so much so that you can expect to see Stand Up Paddleboard Racing in the Olympics in the very near future.


Stand Up Paddleboard Race




I don’t know about this whole “working out” thing but apparently people are in to it. From a fitness aspect, Stand Up Paddling is a great calorie burner and muscle builder. You’re utilizing all your muscle groups from your legs keeping you stable, your arms paddling away and your core keeping it all together. If you’re paddling long distance you’re going to be working up a sweat. It’s equivalent to jogging but without pounding your feet onto the pavement every half-second and wearing down your joints.


Get your Zen on by doing yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard. Classes are offered very frequently or you can always do it solo. A stable platform on the calm, soothing water? It was only a matter of time.


Fitness on a Stand Up Paddleboard




For the angler who wants some advantages when fishing, hanging out on a SUP is a great way to get a steep angle look at the fish below. By standing up while fishing, you can spot fish and other sea creatures in the distance much better. Paddle the SUP quickly and quietly to a new location if you can’t find any biters in your area.


Fishing from a Stand Up Paddleboard




And this one is for the daredevils. It’s sometimes crazy enough to head into the whitewater on a raft but paddling through on a SUP seems insane. People do it though and enjoy the challenge of taking on those rapids while trying to remain stable and standing. Good luck to you, fine paddlers, if you choose to embark on this one. Just make sure you have the proper SUP, helmet and life jacket.


Taking on Whitewater on a Stand Up Paddleboard


There’s something for everyone when it comes to Stand Up Paddleboarding. Whether you’re cruising on the flatwater, downward dogging near the shore or hustling to the finish line, there are plenty of activities for you to do when it comes to riding a SUP.


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