Are you looking for a new summer activity? If so, you should definitely try stand up paddleboarding, or SUP. It’s fun, adventurous, and a great way to exercise with family and friends. Keep reading below as we go over what stand up paddleboarding is, where you can do it, and more!
What is stand up paddleboarding?
First things first, you’re probably wondering what stand up paddleboarding is. SUP originated in Hawaii and is a variation of surfing but uses a different style of board and also includes a paddle.
Surfing requires the rider to sit and wait for the wave to come to them before standing up and riding towards shore. There are many variations of surfboards, including longboards, shortboards, and fish boards. The size and length of surfboards vary depending on the type of wave the rider wants to surf.
Paddleboarding, on the other hand, allows the rider to stand on the board and use a paddle to propel through the water and over waves. Paddleboards are usually wider and longer to help with balance, and the paddle is very similar to that of a kayak paddle. The only difference is that they’re longer and usually only one sided, with a handle to grasp on one end.
Paddleboarding classes and events
If you’re interested in taking some paddle boarding classes or competing in events, then you’re in luck. Stand up paddleboarding is a very popular sport these days and is easy to do for everyone. Therefore, you can easily research it in your area and find some businesses to help you explore the sport further.
Whether you’re just looking for hands-on instruction and guided tours, or something specific like paddleboard yoga, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Do some research on your area of interest and if you’d like more information on paddleboarding, you can read our previous blog post here.
Where can you paddleboard?
Now that you know what paddleboarding is, i’m sure you’re curious where you can do it. It can be confusing, since the paddleboard is so similar to a surfboard. You may be thinking that you can only do it on the ocean, but in fact, you can do it virtually anywhere!
Rivers, lakes, and oceans are all prime locations for paddleboarding. If you’re new to the sport, you may want to start out in a river or lake because the water is usually still and easier to practice on. In other words, rivers and lakes are great places to learn the sport without distraction from constantly moving water.
Best place to rent paddleboards in Hawaii
Are you itching to get your hands on a paddleboard and get out on the water? If so, that’s fantastic! Stand up paddleboarding is one of the best things to do in Hawaii.
Surf N Sea, located on the north shore of Oahu, has been offering professional instruction for all major ocean activities since we opened in 1965. We offer paddle board rentals and classes to all ages and genders and we’d love to see you in our shop.
Give us a call today to schedule your paddleboarding session!