The popularity of stand up paddle boarding or’ SUP boarding’ has grown tremendously in the past decade or so and it is certainly for a reason! Paddle boarding is such a fun experience for anyone at nearly any age and with some practice, can be easily learned! Whether you live next to an ocean, lake or river, you can paddleboard! You’ll just need a SUP board, SUP paddle and of course, some balance!
Believe it or not, SUP boards have been around for quite some time. According to our good friend Wikipedia, a man named Thomas Edward Blake was named the pioneer of paddle boarding when he had first constructed a replica of an old Hawaiian surfboard in the early 1930’s. This early wooden paddleboard he created was made from redwood, which he had drilled full of holes to lighten the weight, then covered to create a somewhat hollow board. Even though Thomas Edward Blake created this SUP board design 85 years ago, his design idea is still being used to this day.
The modern paddle board is no longer made from wood, mostly because of weight. Instead, they are now made from materials like fiberglass, epoxy and carbon fiber. There are also now inflatable versions available, which have been given the name iSUP, which stands for ‘inflatable stand up paddle board”.
Paddle boards aren’t just used for obvious uses like leisure riding and touring, they are also used for several other sports and hobbies. Some of these paddle boarding activities include SUP yoga, SUP fishing, SUP surfing and more! Depending on how you are planning on using your paddleboard, you’ll want to pick the right size and type to best fits your needs. You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve got a good way to store, carry and transport your stand up paddleboard. With so many options, accessories and types out there, choosing the right SUP can certainly be headache worthy, but don’t worry we are here to make that process fun, easy and enjoyable!