Stand up paddle or SUP is currently the fastest growing water sport in the world. Stand Up Paddle derives from a traditional form of Hawaiian surfing. A paddleboard is basically an oversize surfboard that you stand on and propel with a long single bladed paddle, SUP is the most exciting new addition to water sports for many years.
Stand Up Paddle as a sport is accessible to everyone, no matter what their age or level of fitness is. SUP is the board sport that you can literally do on any body of water, from leisurely family paddles on tranquil lakes and rivers to the exhilaration of downwind paddling on the swells of the open ocean.
It can be a relaxed, serene and peaceful form of gentle exercise or alternatively an exciting, physically demanding and adrenaline fuelled, extreme sport. However you do it, it is a great cardiovascular workout for your body. Training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups, and for training muscles to work in co-ordinated ways, as oppose to traditional resistance training where muscles are trained to work in isolated groups in a stable environment.
Benefits of SUP:
- Full body workout from head to toe
- Balance, strength, endurance, co-ordination, flexibility, and core stability
- Cardiovascular workout
- Low impact
- Above all, it’s a fun workout!