Amazing History of Stand up Paddle Boarding

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SUP has been booming in the world of sport these days, but you might not know the amazing history of stand up paddle boarding.

With the ever-evolving world of sports and recreation, a lot of sports concepts will come and go. Whether it be new technology, new techniques, and a new sport itself. Water sports is one of the most fast-paced activities that reinvents itself to them updated with the latest trend and the newest innovations.

One of the newest water sports that are making big waves around the world is stand up paddle boarding, or SUP. Although it has been practiced as a recreational activity around two decades ago, it is relatively not new. As a matter of fact, SUP is considered much older than surfing!

But where did this new way of exploring the water actually come from though? When did people start paddling on a floating vessel while standing up? Read on to find out.

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Ancient Paddle Boarding

Ever since mankind learned how to hunt, standing on two legs has been an evolutionary characteristic that sets us apart from other animals. As humans evolve, standing upright has been embedded in our DNA for efficient transportation, hunting, fighting, and hiding from other predators. This upright stance is also present in SUP boarding.

Paddleboarding Is Referenced in the Bible

Paddleboarding Is Referenced in the Bible

Paddleboarding is so old, that it is referenced in the bible! One of the most memorable tales in the Old Testament began with a SUP board.

When Moses was spotted floating in the Nile River by Queen Bithia, the Pharaoh’s daughter, in 1275 BC, she was floating on a water vessel while using a pole to steer and move forward, which she stood upon to gain a better view of baby Moses, stuck on the reeds.

Peruvian Fishermen Knew How to Paddleboard

Peruvian Fishermen Knew How to Paddleboard

Moreover, 3000 years ago, in the city of Chan Chan, Peru, native fishermen rode the waves on floating vessels called “caballitos de totora” which translates to “little horses made of reed”. They are unstable vessels composed of reeds often used for fishing with the support of bamboo poles for steering.

Aside from fishing, Peruvian fishermen also used for entertainment, as modern-day surfers do. They would paddle towards the land they would use the waves to propel them back. It is believed the more skilled fishermen would stand up and steer using their paddles. Even the earliest of paddle boarders knew how to have fun on the waters.

Middle Easterners Used Paddleboard for Fishing

Middle Easterners Used Paddleboard for Fishing

Way back from 800 AD to 1300 AD, fishermen from the waters of the Persian Gulf, Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Sea of Galilee have been using a boat that is used while standing up, a Hasake boat. The ancient Hasake boats have very similar features to the modern-day SUP.

The birthplace of the Hasake boat is undiscovered, but it is believed that its contribution to the aquatic world came about during the Islamic Renaissance.

If you want to experience, an ancient SUP board, Hasake boats are still existing in Tel Aviv, Israel, being used for fishing and leisure. It is also the primary rescue vessel used by the Tel Aviv lifeguard.

How Hawaii Made Stand Up Paddle Boarding Popular?

Even though SUP boarding has roots from around the world, it is evident that the Hawaiians innovated and popularized the SUP we know today.

The first reported encounter of paddle boarding was in 1788 when European Captain James Cook witnessed the villagers riding the waves on carved Koa tree boards. The village chief always had the largest board, as much as 16 ft. Due to its overwhelming size, moving and steering require a paddle.

How Hawaii Made Stand Up Paddle Boarding Popular

Fast forward to the peak of surf culture on the island of Waikiki in the 1940s, legendary surf instructors Duke Kahanamoku and the AhChoy brothers were teaching beginners to surf, where they would bring paddles out with them. In order to better view their students, and incoming waves, they would often stand and use the paddle to steer between them.

Another SUP legend, John Zapotock rode the waves of Waikiki on a SUP board for six decades. He would grab his board and paddle from the same rack he kept on the majority of his life until he died at 95. In his honor, he was named an honorary Beach Boy, even earning the nickname “Pearl Diver”.

In 1995, stand up paddle boarding became a prominent water sport in Maui thanks to the contributions of Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton, co-creators of the tow-in surfing model. They experimented with canoe paddles for steering their boards and later designed some of the first downwind boards similar to our modern-day SUPs.

Modern Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Surfing culture began transitioning from the late 1900s to the early 2000s. It grew to become more popular, commercialized, and more competitive. It was the SUP boarding wave in California that introduced new life into this watersport in the 2000s.

Wave surfer Laird Hamilton started paddleboarding as a way to train when surfing is all the rage. In September 2002, Laird was spotted surfing on a six-foot board in Malibu, California, while waving an American flag.

Modern Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding

People who witnessed this exhibition didn’t know what it is called but it is Laird’s mission to reintroduce stand up paddleboarding to the world. When surf magazines captured Laird Hamilton with his SUP and the American Flag, paddle boarding became the newest sports craze.

Although Laird Hamilton had started the SUP revolution, it wasn’t until Rick Thomas bought back a modern SUP board from Hawaii to California in 2004, which got SUP boarding started to grow. Rick Thomas had a custom paddle made for his 11 foot Munoz surfboard and the first time spectators were so amazed and intrigued.

Stand up paddleboarding had instant appeal. Paddlers no longer had to be in the middle of the sea to enjoy feeling a board beneath their feet. You can SUP on any body of water, whether flat, waves, no waves, rivers, and more.

Conclusion

From its Peruvian origins to its modern-day Hawaiian equivalent, stand up paddle boarding demonstrates an evolution in sports. With these innovations, stand up paddle boarding became a well-known sport.

What are you waiting for? Go get out there, grab your board and paddle and enjoy the waters!

What are Paddle Boards Made of

What are Paddle Boards Made of

What are paddle boards made of? Most paddle boards are made of fiberglass and epoxy resin layers over hollow wood or foam cores. Some cheap SUPs are made of all foam development. Some high-quality SUPs are made of carbon fiber over foam cores.

The materials of a stand-up paddle board will greatly impact the board’s performance, durability, and lifespan, but of course, as well as the price. After decades of SUP construction techniques, there has been a lot of improvements and changes over time.

Today, we will be tackling everything you need to know about SUP board construction. This will give you an idea of which board is perfect for what use and for which target audience.

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SUP Materials

Paddle boards are constructed from various types of materials that also affect their quality. Solid boards are typically made from plastic, fiberglass, wood, and carbon fibers. On the other hand, inflatable paddle boards are constructed from tough PVC plastic.

As we have discussed in our previous article, there are a variety of SUP boards depending on which activity it will be used for. Evidently, different kinds of SUP boards will also be made up of varying materials. So what are the materials used for SUP boards?

Most paddle boards are built with one of the following main materials:

  • Plastic – one-piece plastic SUPs.
  • Foam – soft SUP boards are typically made up of foam with some plastic parts.
  • Wood – wood SUP boards with a hollow core wood construction.
  • Fiberglass and epoxy resin – fiberglass-reinforced plastic with polyester or epoxy resin over a foam core.
  • Carbon Fiber – foam cores surrounded by carbon fiber layers instead of fiberglass.
  • PVC and Polycarbonate – PVCs and other synthetic plastics are used in most inflatable SUPs

Paddle Board Construction

There are two major categories of paddleboards: solid and inflatable paddle boards.

  1. Solid Paddle Boards – Solid SUPs are made from a solid construction board that remains the same for use and transport. It is not foldable or foldable. It can be manufactured with numerous materials which we will tackle below.
  2. Inflatable Paddle Boards –  Inflatable SUPs are made to be more portable and more space-saving. It needs to be inflated to its full size before use and deflated when stored and transported.

The most typical paddle boards available in the market are solid SUPs that look similar to big surfboards. They are usually made up of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam  in its core. EPS is then usually coated with a variety of layering materials including woodless-dense, and epoxy materials.

What makes a solid paddleboard light or heavy is the foam core density. The less dense the core is, the lighter the paddleboard is. However, although a lighter paddleboard seems to be a good choice, keep in mind that cores that are not very dense are often less tough and more prone to breakage.

Plastic SUP Construction

Plastic SUPs can be made in two ways: rotomolded SUP and thermoplastic SUP.

Rotomolded SUPs are made by rotating a piece of solid Polyethylene plastic and molding it to the shape of a paddle board. On the other hand, thermoplastic paddle boards are made by molding a Polyethylene plastic shell around a foam or hollow core.

Plastic SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – Generally, plastic as raw materials are inexpensive. Compared to other types of paddle boards, they are more affordable.
  • Transportation and Storage – Believe it or not, plastic solid SUP are heavier compared to other construction materials which result in more challenges when it comes to transport and portability.
  • Durability – Plastic SUPs are resistant and it can take dings and scratches and still perform.
  • Weight – As previously said, plastic SUPs are heavier than most paddles board’s material.
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Plastic SUPs are slower and less maneuverable than the other boards.

Foam SUP Construction

Foam SUPs are made up of molded foam or a foam-based EPS core entirely coated by wood stringers. Then high-density polyethylene foam is heat laminated to the top and bottom of the core.

Foam SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – Foam SUPs cost similar to plastic SUPs, which means they are more inexpensive than most other paddle board material.
  • Transportation and Storage –  Having a low-density foam core means it is lighter than most SUP materials. They are more portable, however, it will still take up some space in storage.
  • Durability – As you can imagine, foam cores can get easily dented, scratched, and in some cases break into chunks. However, the foam core is waterproof and more reliable when it comes to buoyancy.
  • Weight – They weigh less than plastic and fiberglass SUPs.
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Foam SUPs are less maneuverable than most other paddle boards, but perform better than plastic SUPs. They’re also slower than epoxy SUPs.

Wood Paddle Board Construction

Wooden SUPs are made up of a hollow wooden frame with strips of a variety of woods (such as cedar, pine, paulownia, and cypress) glued together to the frame to create the tops and the bottoms of the board.

The entire board is coated with a layer of fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin to make it waterproof.

Wood SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – Since wooden SUPs are often custom-made and more complicated when being constructed, they cost more than most paddle boards.
  • Transportation and Storage – With just the wooden frame alone, wood paddle boards are evidently heavier than most paddle boards. Additionally, due to the delicate wooden outer layer, it is more difficult to transport and store safely.
  • Durability – Thanks to its fiberglass coating of most wooden SUPs, they are relatively tough and durable. However, once the protective layer is dinged and scratched, it is highly likely for the wooden core to get exposed to water, become wrt and get rotten.
  • Weight – High-density woof cores make it heavier than most types of paddle boards.
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Wood SUPs are typically smooth and fast.

Wood Sandwich Fiberglass Construction

The wood sandwich is the most convenient method in constructing a fiberglass SUP. It resembles a sandwich because multiple layers of materials are used and stacked up together to form the overall SUP.

Wood sandwich fiberglass is made by using PVC construction in the middle of the board where you stand. This will add strength to the section that carries the most weight. Here are the other layers that are “sandwiched” together to form a wood sandwich fiberglass, from the center going outwards.

Advanced Sandwich Technology (AST) Fiberglass Construction

The main difference between a wood sandwich to AST is the PVC presence. Advanced sandwich constructed paddle boards do not use PVC in their construction. It is constructed by stacking multiple layers of EPS foam core sandwiched in fiberglass, wood, and fiberglass again go over the EPS core on the top and bottom.

Fiberglass SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – As discussed above, fiberglass SUP construction would require layering of different raw materials, which means it would need meticulous hand labor. Plus the additional custom colors, it would cost more than the other SUPs.
  • Transportation and Storage – Fiberglass boards are typically the heaviest, thus the most difficult to transport and store.
  • Durability – Fiberglass SUPs are less durable and can be dented and cracked pretty easily.
  • Weight – Fiberglass SUPs are usually heavier than carbon fiber and foam paddle boards.
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Fiberglass SUPs has an overall smooth performance and above normal maneuverability.

Carbon Construction

Carbon fiber SUPs utilizes foam cores with a layer of carbon fiber coating. Some carbon SUPs both use carbon fiber and a fiberglass layer to have a smoother finish. A layer of paint is then applied over the carbon fiber shell to reflect sunlight and keep the SUP board from overheating.

Carbon Fiber SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – Carbon fiber material is costly, so carbon fiber reinforced SUPs cost remarkably more than other SUPs made of different materials.
  • Transportation and Storage – Because they’re so lightweight, carbon SUPs are easier to carry on the beach. Storing this SUP is a breeze as well.
  • Durability – Carbon fiber SUPs are more durable and stiffer than fiberglass. But carbon fiber is easily damaged. It’s relatively brittle and needs to be protected with an outer layer.
  • Weight – Carbon boards weigh less because it can be single-layered to reinforce the core and still have the same strength as multiple fiberglass layers.
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Carbon fiber SUPs can be easily maneuvered and is remarkably responsive because of their stiffness and lightweight build.

Inflatable Paddle Board Construction

Inflatable paddle boards are made up of 2 layers of polyester fabric drop stitched together with thousands of polyester threads. An airtight layer is coated around the outside surfaces to create the inflatable quality.

The sidewalls are made up of polyester fabric that’s coated on both sides. Finally, the wide-seam tape is glued over each seam to make an air-tight board.

Drop-Stitching

Drop-stitching is the process of stitching two separate layers of fabric with the use of up to 400 individual needles on a machine to sew tens of thousands of fine threads. The sheer number of sewn fine threads allow fabric materials to become very strong and expandable to accommodate the shape of the paddle board.

Due to these multiple layers of fabric and fine threads, it is capable of withstanding high inflation pressures needed to make an inflatable SUP stiff enough to stand and paddle on.

There are two categories of drop-stitched inflatable SUPs: single layer and double layer.

  1. Single Layer Inflatable SUP Boards

    Single-layer SUP boards are assembled using one layer of a drop-stitch core that is sewn together and then joined with a layer of PVC material. Compared to a double layer inflatable SUP, single-layer inflatable SUPs are lightweight and more affordable

  2. Double Layer Inflatable SUP Boards

    Double-layer inflatable SUP boards have the same drop-stitched core, but this time, the first layer of material is reinforced with another layer of PVC. Double layer SUPs are heavier and harder, but age poorly.

Inflatable SUP Construction Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cost – Depending on quality and type of layering, these SUPs can cost as little as foam and low-end fiberglass boards are as much as high-end fiberglass.
  • Transportation and Storage – Since inflatable SUPs can be deflated when not in use, they are relatively portable and more space-saving, perfect for transport and storage.
  • Durability – Inflatables are pretty durable when used in light to moderate conditions, but like most inflatable objects, once it is punctured, a repair is needed before using it again.
  • Weight – Due to the absence of a solid core, inflatable SUPs are lighter than plastic, fiberglass, and wood paddle boards
  • Maneuverability and Speed – Because of a hollowed interior and lightweight, these SUPs are in the mid-range of speed and performance.

Conclusion

The construction of the stand up paddle board of your choice will have an impact on durability, weight, performance, and price, with advantages and disadvantages to each of the constructions. If you would like any advice on what SUP to go for, then feel free to send us an email.

What is SUP Yoga?

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There are lots of SUP disciplines, and one of these is SUP Yoga. What is SUP Yoga?

You may be thinking, balancing on a wobbly platform, such as a paddleboard is already a challenging task, and incorporating yoga would be impossible. Well, that’s not entirely true.

As the name suggests, SUP yoga is the practice of Yoga on a SUP board in the middle of a body of water, usually on calm bodies of water such as a lake or in harbors. In 2019, a surge of paddleboarders and yoga practitioners alike are transitioning to SUP yoga because it requires more strength, balance, and focus.

Doing yoga on a paddle board is not as hard as it looks and it even offers opportunities that a stationary platform practice doesn’t. SUP yoga can be an exciting way to experience nature and level-up your yoga practice.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the most frequently asked questions before tying out SUP yoga, such as:

  1. What are the benefits of SUP yoga?
  2. What do I need before practicing SUP yoga?
  3. What are some tips for SUP yoga?

Whether you are a beginner in paddleboarding, yoga, or an advanced paddler, SUP yoga can be beneficial not only for your body but for your mental health and spiritual being as well.

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What are the Benefits of SUP Yoga?

Like most sports, SUP yoga has a lot of benefits that can improve your well-being. You do not need to be an in-land yoga practitioner to learn SUP yoga, all you need is determination and consistency.

1. It is a form of exercise.

Although SUP boarding and yoga are not high-impact sports, it is still proven to exercise your body. The poses that you exert generally strengthens muscle groups such as the arms, shoulders, legs, cores, and quadriceps.

2. It improves flexibility.

There are times when our muscles or joints ache after strenuous stretching. It means your muscles are stiff and might need some stretching to “loosen” them up.

The various poses used in yoga promote flexibility and improve mobility. Paddleboarding also uses a lot of different muscles and helps to strengthen muscles. The two exercises combined offer a wide range of motion that works on different areas of the body.

3. It enhances breathing control.

Unlike high-impact workouts such as running and biking, you are more focused on controlling your breathing while practicing SUP yoga. It is essential to sync your breathing with yoga poses to achieve optimum blood circulation and relaxation.

4. It is an excellent stress-reliever.

Sometimes, all we need after a long day at work is silence and calmness. With SUP yoga, tranquility and peace can be achieved with just a few minutes of a yoga session.

The quietness, combined with fresh air, the sound of nature, and beautiful scenery are evident in relieving stress.

5. It improves your sense of balance.

Obviously, you need to maintain your balance by standing on a paddleboard. The extra challenge of maintaining yoga poses on top of your board will significantly improve your sense of balance in and out of water.

An improved balance results in better management of important activities we do every day, such as walking and going up and down the stairs. If you’re clumsy, say goodbye to tripping and falling over.

6. It is fun!

Not only is this a great exercise for improving mobility and overall health, but it is also extremely enjoyable. People who enjoy their exercise routine are more likely to be consistent and achieve better results. SUP yoga is certainly more fun being out on the water.

Additionally, you get to meet new people who are into SUP yoga as well! These communities are helpful in improving your skills as you can share each other’s techniques and tips.

Pretty exciting, huh? Hopefully, these benefits motivate you to seek out a SUP Yoga instructor in your city or town and try out this great outdoor exercise that will challenge you for years to come.

What Do I Need Before Practicing Sup Yoga?

Before you achieve nirvana through SUP yoga, of course, you have to be geared up with the essential equipment. Here are important things you need to get before jumping on the waters.

1. SUP Board

In our previous article, we have tackled everything we need to consider before buying a SUP board. Multiple kinds of SUP boards are made for a specific use, and of course, there are boards for yoga SUP.

Typically, a SUP yoga board is wide, stable, and has a flat shape to the deck. It’s helpful to have a soft, cushy deck padding that extends toward the nose and tail of the board so you will not have any difficulties in holding poses.

2. Personal flotation device (PFD)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has officially classified SUP boards as a vessel, meaning, it is required by state laws to have a PFD if you’re going in the waters. It is essential to keep you safe if ever you fall over the waters.

Consider getting a low-profile and compact inflatable PFD that won’t get in the way during your yoga routine.

3. Emergency Whistle

An emergency whistle is another law-mandated equipment that is essential to have whenever you’re paddling. Fortunately, most PFD already has a whistle attached so another purchase is not necessary. However, if it is not included, be sure to get one.

4. Anchor

An anchor is a SUP board accessory that will prevent your board from drifting into the middle of the ocean or any body of water you are in with your SUP board.

If you’re thinking that anchors would be heavy and bulky, don’t worry. They are incredibly compact and light enough so they will not weigh your paddleboard down. Some anchors are foldable so storing and carrying them will be a breeze.

5. Appropriate Outfit

To effectively practice SUP yoga, you will need the proper attire. Stretchy workout attire is recommended when performing such poses. Additionally, before you leave your house, be sure to check the weather to be prepared if it is going to be colder than expected.

6. Other must-haves

Here are other thighs you need to secure before getting into the waters.

  • Sunscreen
  • Water/Sports bottle
  • Spare clothes

What Are Some Tips for SUP Yoga?

Now that you have your reasons to practice SUP yoga plus the proper gear to start, here are five essential tips to get you started.

1. Take a bite and drink plenty of water before a yoga session.

Motion sickness is not uncommon among paddleboarders, especially if you do it on an empty stomach.

Prepare your body for a workout by eating a small, nourishing snack beforehand, such as nuts, granola, or fruit smoothies. If you’re prone to nausea, consider bringing a couple of ginger candies to help you through.

More importantly, don’t forget to drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, especially that you’ll be practicing under the sun.

2. Find a quiet and safe spot.

If you’re going to practice SUP yoga in an open space area, chances are there will be strong winds and big waves that can make balancing extremely difficult.

As much as possible, find an area that is relatively sheltered from the wind and has a low-activity area such as other people swimming or jet skis speeding around.

3. Control your breathing without holding your breath.

Most SUP yoga beginners are more focused on clinging to the board than focusing on their breathing, which usually leads to holding their breath, preparing for a sudden fall to the waters. It is essential to concentrate on breathing control and let the core muscles do their work to balance the whole body.

As the body begins to relax and get into the waves and movement of the water. The core muscles will kick in and help in retaining the sense of balance.

4. Keep two points of contact with the SUP board.

Yoga poses with only one point of contact with the surface, such as tree pose or eagle pose, are considered too difficult for SUP yoga.

Try poses that sustain at least two points of contact on the board. Also, poses that keep your body aligned perpendicular to the board are more stable than those that will put you parallel to the board.

5. Move slowly.

Moving too quickly can result in sudden imbalance and can wobble your board. If you are used to quick transitions in land yoga, it is best to move slowly before going to another pose to avoid falling over to the waters.

Conclusion

SUP yoga is an amazing opportunity to practice yoga on the water. If you already love practicing land yoga, enhance your skills, and level up your yoga practice by trying SUP yoga. Benefits include improved balance, enhanced muscle/joint strength, and last but not least, the opportunity to relax as you will be outdoors on the water.

If your looking for a ready-made paddleboard to start doing SUP Yoga, we highly recommend Nirvana Boards, they sell high quality paddleboards in a reasonable price. Check the cool stuff they have by clicking the link below: 

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What Is Stand Up Paddle Boarding

What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Once called “surfing for the lazy”, many thrillseekers are now getting the hype of one of the fastest-growing water sports around the world: stand-up paddleboarding.

In fact, it is highly probable that this sport might be included in the Olympics someday.

If you are a fan of stand-up paddleboarding or are just beginning to learn this water sport,  here are 10 important things to know about what is stand up paddle boarding.

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1. It came from ancient origins.

Although SUP’s popularity just boomed in the early 2000s in California, its concept has been discovered way back from 3000 years ago. Anthropologically, it was discovered that Peruvian fishermen are already taking some liking to SUP.

However, unlike today, where it is mainly done for recreational and sports purposes, ancient SUP is mostly used for fishing and transportation.

During ancient times, Peruvian fishermen utilized a bundle of reeds as a board and a long bamboo as the paddle. This floatation device is called Caballitos de Totora which translates to “little horse made of reed” as balancing and maneuvering is similar to horseback riding.

2. Modern SUP began in the early 2000s

Modern-day SUP originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, when instructors such as Duke Kahanamoku would stand up on their boards so they would get better views of the waves and the surfers around them, which was called Beach Board Surfing. 

In the 1990s, SUP was taught in Hawaii surf schools when there was little swell to surf on, and it became a favorite activity.

The sport became hugely popular in California in the early 2000s, thanks to iconic surfers who made it popular, notably Rick Thomas. He introduced the sport to the West Coast and defined the spirit of today’s SUP community.

Rick Thomas’s refreshingly upbeat mentality helped SUP boarding thrive on new shores when he brought SUP boarding from Hawaii to San Diego in 2004. His foresight and passion for the sport was the genesis of SUP boarding in America.

3. It's Different From a Surboard.

At first glance, a paddleboard and a surfboard may look similar, but once you get up close and personal with them, you will be able to recognize the difference between the two: their sheer weight and volume.

Paddleboards need extra volume in order to provide enough buoyancy for paddlers to balance on the board. Also, surfboards can be narrower and quicker, while paddle boards tend to be narrower and bulkier, he said.

4. SUP has three main disciplines.

SUP is enjoyable for many people, whatever skill they may want to improve as it has three disciplines to choose from, flatwater paddling, open water or ocean paddling, and SUP surfing. Within these disciples, there are different classes depending on the board length and racing distance.

Common event categories include flat water long course (6 km), flat water short course (1.5 km), and ocean downwind race (10 km), and SUP surfing. SUP racing boards range in size with divisions over 14ft, under 14ft, 12”6ft, and under 12ft. This diversity in equipment allows paddlers to tackle the unique conditions offered by each discipline.

5. Flatwater SUP is the most recent discipline.

Flatwater standup paddleboarding was only recently introduced in 2007. There are paddleboards specifically designed for flat-water SUP and touring, and their shape and material are designed to carry additional gear.

If you want to paddleboard in a more leisurely way while connecting yourself to nature, this type of SUP is an ideal option.

6. SUP is all around the globe.

Since paddleboarding can be performed as long as there is a big body of water, it has reached 106 countries, and is still growing! The International Surfing Association (ISA) has a goal to introduce this water sports to other countries where SUP is not commonly known.

SUP has brought the joy of surfing to many landlocked countries. The Mongolian Surfing federation’s president said the organization can now develop surf disciplines that are practiced on flat water, such as stand up paddleboarding. In addition, they plan to organize indoor surfing competitions using wave pool technology and set up a network of surfing clubs.

7. It has its own tournament.

Similar to other sports, SUP also boasts its own pro tournament event. Association of PaddleSurf Professionals (APP) World Tour runs these tournaments in key cities around the world, including San Francisco, London, and New York.

The APP World Tour was founded and developed by the Waterman League, an event management and media production company. The APP has been crowning men’s and women’s professional world champions for both SUP racing and SUP surfing since 2010.

The APP World Tour is recognized and sanctioned by the ISA, as the official professional world championship tour for the sport of Stand-up paddleboarding.

8. There are Guinness World Records involving SUP.

Getting a world record can be one of the best achievements of one’s existence, and of course, outstanding SUPers were able to bag some of the world records, and at the same time, spread the existence of this sport around the world.

The largest parade of stand up paddleboards took place in Russia on 10th September 2017, with a total of 844, achieved by members of the Vladivostok SUP community. Other records include the longest SUP ride on a river bore by a human/dog pairing (1,690.5 meters) and the greatest distance by SUP on flowing water in 24 hours by a female, at 169.32km.

9. You can SUP in the Antarctic.

If you want an added thrill and you don’t mind venturing into the cold weather, you can explore one of the least explored locations on Earth by SUP, the Antarctic! Get an adrenaline rush by paddling between icebergs while admiring the seals and penguins swimming alongside you.

10. Is it fun?

A total body workout, a way to meditate, a perfect excuse to travel to the beach, and a great way to bond with friends. What more can we tell you? SUP will definitely add a variety to your lifestyle and will surely give you fun and eventful paddle sessions!

7 Reasons Why We Love SUPs

Why Stand up Paddle Board

Stand-up paddling may seem like a relatively new sport, but the truth is that it has been around for quite some time. In fact, SUP is considered much older than surfing, with its roots tracing back to Africa and South America thousands of years ago.

If you are interested, here are some good reasons why stand up paddle board is the best. And if you’re already an experienced paddler, we’re here to convince you to continue and take SUP to the next level!

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1. It can be done anywhere.

At first glance, people would think that SUP is only applicable on the beach.

However, unlike surfing, you don’t have to live by the ocean to do it. You don’t even need waves.

In fact, SUP is much more popular on inland bodies of water.The nearest lake, a winding river, or a large swimming pool can easily become your playground.

2. It is an effective workout to burn those calories.

Like every workout routine, what you put into it is equivalent to what you will get out of it. The same thing also goes for SUP.

The more effort you put into it, the more calories you will burn. One hour of SUP can burn 430 calories, which is double the amount burned when walking over the same time period.

Adding more actions, such as yoga, also burns calories by around 540 calories an hour. So, if you want to burn calories while having fun at the same time, you can also do SUP touring or paddling at a moderate pace without stopping.

3. It strengthens your core.

We’ve all been there: a sore core and abdomen after minutes of planking.

However, did you know that achieving a strong core is still attainable with the help of SUP?

SUP is actually an effective way of putting your core through paces since the abdominal muscles will be constantly working to help you keep your balance on the board.

4. It is an all-around exercise.

Aside from its effectiveness when it comes to strengthening your core, SUP is a great all-body strength workout. Due to its relaxing pace, most paddlers are able to endure long sessions that greatly enhance their stamina.

With all the muscles being worked, it will not feel painful the same way it would after a strenuous workout in a gym, due to the fact that you are distracted by the motion of gliding across water.

5. It always guarantees a perfect cooldown.

After a strenuous workout, it is vital to have a cooldown in order to allow the body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate to return to their normal level. After hours of paddleboarding, you can easily transition to a cooldown once you think you have paddled enough and need to rest. Stretch your arm out, splash water on your face to cool down, and enjoy the glimmering sun rays.

6. It is relaxing.

Although SUP can burn a lot of calories, it is still a low-paced workout that will certainly give you more time to relax and unwind.

In fact, there’s a subcategory of SUP that adds the soothing effects of meditation: SUP yoga. From the name itself, it is yoga practice that’s done while on a stand-up paddle board.

By paying attention to your breathing, posture, balance and synchronizing every muscle and movement, SUP yoga provides a greater sense of mindfulness.

7. It makes you one with nature.

Stand-up paddleboarding is perfect for people who are too stressed and too tired to see the same scenery everyday: office, traffic, pollution, etc. By paddling in the great outdoors, you are immersing yourself with nature, thus giving you tranquility and relaxation.

There are a lot of beautiful destinations where you can enjoy SUP and at the same time, have a vacation of a lifetime. It’s a unique way of spotting out wildlife and appreciating the rich beauty of nature.

Conclusion

Stand-up paddleboarding is perfect for people who are too stressed and too tired to see the same scenery everyday: office, traffic, pollution, etc. By paddling in the great outdoors, you are immersing yourself with nature, thus giving you tranquility and relaxation.

There are a lot of beautiful destinations where you can enjoy SUP and at the same time, have a vacation of a lifetime. It’s a unique way of spotting out wildlife and appreciating the rich beauty of nature.

Top 7 Reasons to Get Onboard with Stand Up Paddleboard

7 Reason Why You Should Try Paddle Boarding

Rooting its concept from surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a water sport that gets its name literally from three of its core concepts: standing up, paddle, and board. Although it sounds simple, it can still give you quite a challenge, not to mention the additional benefits of being an effective workout, that said many people wants to try paddle boarding.

SUP is the act of thrusting oneself on a floating platform, usually on a SUP board, with the assistance of a paddle. It has been recorded that this sport originated thousands of years ago from different regions, dominantly in Africa, South America, and the ancient Polynesian culture. However, modern SUP became popular in the 1900s in Hawaii.

Thanks to its creative concept, SUP has become one of the fastest-growing sports around the world. The popularity has led to multiple variations of SUP, which includes racing, touring, yoga, and fishing.

With lots of thrill-seekers falling in love with this sport, what exactly makes stand-up paddleboarding so popular?

Let’s find out why you should try paddle boarding.

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1. SUP is enjoyable for everyone.

Regardless of age, skill level, and body type, stand-up paddleboarding can be enjoyed by anyone! Because of the simplicity of the concept, you will only need two things to accomplish it: determination and lots of practice. Balancing on a board may sound intimidating at first, but once you take a few turns riding it, your confidence and skill will eventually build up.

2. It’s an all-around workout.

Stand-up paddleboarding involves multiple muscle groups that work together for a stronger state. When balancing yourself on top of the board, the core, the abdominal muscles, and the quads work together. Meanwhile, the biceps and triceps are getting amped up every time paddling motion is done.

3. It offers multiple health benefits.

It’s not only your muscles that get the benefits of paddling in a SUP, but other important parts of your body as well. It is a low-impact exercise that provides a great way of improving your breathing and endurance.

Balancing on the board is a great way to correct your posture and improve your body’s flexibility. Additionally, balancing yourself while controlling the paddle is a sure way to improve your hand-to-eye coordination.

4. It’s perfect for nature lovers.

If outdoor adventure is your thing, then you should definitely try SUP. Whether it be the beach, a lake, or a river, there are paramount options where you can enjoy stand up paddleboarding. Taking slow strokes will allow you to experience nature and breathtaking sceneries better than ever.

5. It’s a great way to widen your social circle.

With SUP gaining popularity across the globe, numerous SUP clubs and events have been created to honor this exciting water sport. Getting acquainted with people with the same interest as yours is a great way to make new friends.

As a slow-paced water sport, SUP can be done in pairs and in groups and will definitely give you moments to remember and guaranteed fun along the way.

6. It lets you receive that needed Vitamin D.

Being under the sun for sufficient periods will give you that beautiful tan, plus the additional benefits of vitamin D. This vitamin is made from cholesterol in your skin that has been exposed to the sun. That’s why getting enough sunlight is very important for maintaining optimal vitamin D levels.

7. It’s a great way to meditate.

After a stressful week at work, who doesn’t want to just relax, meditate and recharge body, mind, and soul? By engaging in SUP, you can have time to yourself and meditate while slowly pacing your way along with the breeze of fresh air.

If you want it to take to the next level, there’s a subcategory of SUP especially made for deep meditation: SUP yoga.

SUP yoga is pretty straightforward; all you have to do is get into yoga positions while balancing on a paddleboard.  By paying attention to your breath, posture, and balance, SUP yoga provides a greater sense of mindfulness.

Conclusion

Stand-up paddleboarding is an all-around water sport with tons of perks that makes it more popular as the years go by. Whatever entices you to try it out, the most important thing is that you are having fun!