I tried out stand up paddle boarding for the first time last weekend and loved it!
If you haven’t heard of this fun outdoor water activity, here’s some info on it:
Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), stand up paddle boarding, or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he’e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and has reemerged as a way for surfers to paddle longer distances.
The popularity of the modern sport of SUP’ing has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the beach boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle to the distant outside reef break using outrigger paddles. In spite of its surfing origin the sport is gaining in popularity even in more protected coastal waters and lakes. The sport benefits athletes with a strong “core” workout.
One reason for the rise in popularity of stand up paddleboarding is that, unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board.
I rented my board for a mere one hour and was a pro by the end of the rental period!
I found this cool SUP decal on Etsy.com and wanted to share it with all of you.
Have you tried stand up paddle boarding? What did you think of it?