Stand up Paddle boarding commonly known as SUP is a fun, active water-sport similar to surfing. Originating in Hawaii, SUP is now one of the fastest growing water-sports in the world and this kayak-surf hybrid is an easy-to-do activity that requires no prior experience.
Stand up Paddle-boards range in size and there is a board suitable for everyone, SUP boards are wider and more buoyant than standard surfboards allowing participants to stand on the board in flat water without losing their balance. Using a specialised paddle participants propel themselves through the water with ease while enjoying the water from an entirely different point of view.
Stand up Paddle-boarding is an excellent way to build core strength and fitness while enjoying nature, there’s no need to sweat it out in the gym when you can be out on the water! SUP enthusiasts have gone one step further merging SUP and yoga. Bringing yoga to the water for a fun new take on the traditional practice, SUP yoga is gaining popularity quickly.
Australia’s beautiful beaches, rivers and lakes offer excellent Stand up Paddle conditions; the sheltered bays and canals are perfect for beginners learning the basics of the sport in a safe environment. SUP is a calming and relaxing activity with a sense of adventure, participants can explore secluded bays and waterways which may otherwise be hard to
reach, finding their own slice of paradise.
Stand up Paddle-boarding offers progression and there is always something new and exciting to learn. Once participants are feeling confident in the flat water they can progress to open water and SUP racing. There are many SUP races around the country some with a strong competitive field and others with a focus on fun and participation. There is even a ‘Pups on Sups’ race on the Gold Coast the event is designed for the whole community and encourages a fun-filled day out with your furry best mate, friends and family.
SUP boards can also be taken into the surf, adding waves, rips and currents to Stand up Paddle-boarding creates new challenges for the paddler. Only experienced paddlers with adequate training should attempt SUP surfing. SUP surfing was made famous in the early 2000s by American surfer Laird Hamilton, Laird is famous for chasing big waves on all types of boards. Australian SUP athletes are now making their mark on the international
stage some names to keep an eye on including Ty Judson, Harry Maskell, Nathan Cross and Shakira Westdorp.