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SUP or stand-up paddle, unlike surfing, is a sport that involves rowing with a paddle standing up on a large, wide board.

A little history

The Polynesians were the first to use wooden boards with paddles to ride the waves. In 1940, Hawaiians used these boards to photograph tourists or surf small waves. It was not until the 2000s that this sport was practiced in big waves.

Several disciplines

To get started, the easiest thing is to try an outing on calm water on a stable and long hard or inflatable board. Accessible to all, this sport offers you the chance to enjoy the landscapes thanks to the improved visibility of being upright on a board. It is easier to catch the waves when paddle-boarding than surfing.

To surf the waves, it is necessary to catch them offshore and start riding them with the help of the paddle. It is possible to use small boards or longer boards such as a longboard.

When it comes to speed and endurance, the activity is very physical and involves a long and very thin board that cuts through the water. The longer the race, the greater the endurance.

Although it is less common, an inflatable SUP can be used to surf static waves and descend rivers and streams and is less fragile to shocks.

The stand-up paddle is also used for fishing, with a wide and stable board equipped with a fishing rod, on a body of water such as a lake, a river, or the sea.

A sport for all

Anyone can practice this sport which is becoming increasingly democratic. Surfers love SUP because it helps them stay in shape on days without waves and discover new sensations. Women enjoy the sport for the cardio and body workout aspects.

For long sea trips, it is better to bring a wetsuit, a life jacket, a waterproof pouch containing a mobile phone, a cereal bar and water. For relaxing, a board and a paddle will be enough for you to have fun with family and friends.

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