Stand up paddle (SUP) surf and stand up paddle boarding (Hoe he’e nalu in Hawaiian language) are sports native of the Hawaiian Islands born from an evolution of surfing. They allow surfers to paddle faster and further into the ocean to search for waves or to be able to paddle standing up as a separate distinct sport. A 2013 report defined Stand Up Paddle as the outdoor activity with the greatest number of new participants in the United States for the year 2013. Stand up paddlers cruise on lakes, big rivers, canals, and navigate long distances along seashores often taking advantage of tailwind to ease the flow.
Stand up paddlers love the outdoors and exercise. They travel in groups but also alone to enjoy the peace of the water and surrounding nature. This sport requires no special knowledge or preparation… just a little bit of balance that is acquired quickly with some practice.
SUP, beyond the fact that it’s trendy, why do it?
It shapes and tones the body, it’s relaxing, it’s fun, and it’s suitable for everyone. Imagine the lake’s gentle rocking under your feet, the light of the sunset upon your face, the relaxing sound of water caressing your hears, and the sense of balance that penetrates your body and mind. Or, think about the adrenaline rush that fills your body during a competition, the muscles that stretch while you execute an athletic maneuver and the well-calibrated strength in every movement you make. Then dwell on some sensations like enjoyment and your inner well-being. In any of these cases the keyword is SUP. Just below you’ll find illustrations of the main muscles active in the practice of this sport. SUP is much more than just a fad!