WHAT IS STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the latest Sport to be sweeping the World.
With its roots in Hawaiian heritage, SUP can be traced back to the early days of Polynesia. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and began as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of learner surfers, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint, increasing visibility of what was going on around them - such as incoming swell.
The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origination in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term "Beach Boy Surfing", another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, originates.
The Sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding offers a great 'core' workout and cross-over athletes are training with SUP.
SUP'ing is popular on coastal towns and can be found in most resorts world wide. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere where there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world. There is no Waterway that can't be explored on this amazingly easy to use giant.
Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand Up Paddleboarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets. Also the chance to stay fit when there is no swell is an added attraction.
The largest growing aspect of SUP is the Racing. In the US, annual events attract hundreds from around the world and throughout the US. Paddling 50+ miles taking on huge ocean swells and swirling currents. In NZ there are more and more events with SUP being included as part of it.
SUP board prices range from $1800 to $2500, and boards are generally longer than 9 feet (3 m), and up to 12 feet (4 m) or more in length. The board's features include padded decks and concave hulls and generally have one or three surfboard-style fins in the stern for stability. Despite the size, these boards are surprisingly light, and most boards come with carry handles.
Our Aim at our Centre is to give everyone the chance to experience the water, to see if it can inspire you to get out and enjoy the huge coastline NZ has to offer.
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Arohanui, Kia Manuia. Love and good health to all.
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