ABOUT SUP

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Fun for everyone

As the name suggests, you stand upright on your board and you use a long paddle to propel your board forward. This way you can cover longer distances comfortably when the water is relatively still. More experienced stand up paddle boarders also catch waves with their boards and they use their paddles not only to move forward but also to keep their balance and steer the board.


MATERIALS

Board, paddle and off you go

Participants can choose a board with the most suitable length and volume in order to get used to their board easily and stand up and paddle comfortably. You see, you don't have to be a seasoned surfer to get the bug for SUP straightaway! A big advantage of SUP is the volume of the board which means you are not dependent on wind or waves to carry you along, so you are free to choose whether you would like to do a tranquil river tour, paddle through the busy harbour or go for the waves in the Atlantic. If you would like to share this experience with a loved one or would like to do this with your  friend or family in tow we even have boards big enough to carry two of you - it is completely up to you whether you prefer to paddle alone or in pairs.

HISTORY

Trend sport steeped in history

SUP originates in Polynesia where indigenous fishermen would stand up in their canoes andeven ride waves this way.  In the 20th century, Hawaiian surf instructors would use a paddle typical for SUP as a convenient way to move quickly between the shore and the offshore reefs. By now, SUP's ever increasing popularity means it has become a sport in its own right, particularly because a successful session is not, unlike surfing or wind surfing, reliant on waves or wind. Because of this, more and more SUP surfers now also take to the rivers and lakes further inland.



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