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What is Stand up Paddle Surfing?
Stand Up Paddle Surfing or S.U.P as it is also known is the oldest form of surfing. Dating back to the very beginnings of surfing. Lost in the sands of time it’s most recent history can be traced back to the mid part of last century when Hawaiian Beach Boys (surf instructors) used it as a means of staying clear of the water to take pictures of their rich clients as well as utilising their elevated position to call the set waves to the surfers in the lineup. Fashions and experimentation saw surfing expand and diversify and the paddle all but forgotten, except for a select few riders in Hawaii. Fast forward to the early years of this century and well known water men such as Laird Hamilton and Brian Keaulana took to S.U.P as a means of training. Imagine riding 50ft waves and then trying to get excited by a 2ft swell! Laird, Brian et al wanted to find another form of board riding that would excite and challenge them. They also realised the excellent core strength aspects of paddling standing up and they started paddling along the coast and to neighboring islands. The sport of Stand Up Paddle surfing is rapidly expanding as modern construction technologies are combined with the traditional forms of surfing to make it into the fastest growing watersport in the world today.
S.U.P has two main aspects Surf and Core.
SURF – Using a S.U.P board in small surf means you are able to ride waves that before were almost unrideable. It also means you can achieve longer rides as the design of the boards and the power of the paddle means the rider is able to get up and riding on a wave before arm paddling surfers. It also brings you closer to the roots of surfing and gives you a whole new perspective to your surroundings when out on the water.
Give Respect to Gain Respect – this is the motto of S.U.P in the surf. Don’t steal all the waves. Use your elevated position to call the sets for other surfers and make sure you let sets pass for other surfers to ride. Even better use your paddle power to move away from crowded breaks and explore different parts of the beach. DON’T BE A WAVE HOG.
CORE – This stands for core stability. Take a S.U.P board for a coastal or river paddle and you will experience one of the best core fitness exercises. Balancing on the board and paddling engages your core muscles (basically your 6 pack!). It also provides an all over body conditioning workout that is way more interesting and rewarding than standing at a machine in the gym lifting weights.