Way of life
SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboarding. It’s very popular in San Diego, so if you’ve been to the beach or the bay you’ve probably seen it – you stand on a surfboard and prop yourself up with a paddle. Using the SUP paddle, unlike surfing, no wind or waves are needed to practice. You can SUP on lakes, canals, inland waterways and harbors, or on the ocean.
Where does SUP come from?
SUP Boarding is a form of surfing that originated in Hawaii. There, the surf teachers stood on their surfboards with a paddle to stay with their students during the lesson. That way, they could easily give instructions and keep an overview.
What do you need?
To do Stand Up Paddle, you need a SUP-board. But what exactly is a SUP-board? A lot of people think that while you are SUP paddling you are standing on a surfboard. They are, indeed, similar. But what are the biggest differences and how do you choose one?
Try the inflatable versions if you are just getting started.
- There are both inflatable and non-inflatable SUPs available.
- A Stand Up Paddle Board is often a bit lighter than a surfboard. These are relatively easier to lift. And often a benefit is that, especially inflatables, are easier to transport and store.
Find the right fit
There is a SUP board for every level of athlete, from beginner to intermediate and advanced. A SUP board is much more stable and has more air volume than a surfboard and can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and shapes. If you’re looking for a board that can meet a variety of needs, look for one with an elastic band or multiple elastic bands on the front and back to carry your gear.
Finally, keep in mind that stand up paddle boards come in different sizes: the smaller the board, the more manoeuvrable it is. The longer the board, the faster it will be.