Regardless of your experience in the domain of water sports, we are certain that you must have come across the term SUP sometime in your life. If you aren’t quite familiar with the word or its implications, in this article, we will furnish you with an insight into it and also relate why SUP is gaining so much popularity in the recent times.
SUP translates to Stand up Paddle which is essentially a sport that can be upgraded to any level depending on the level of mastery of the person who’s trying it. Although SUP originated in Hawaii, in the present day, it is regarded as the fastest-growing board-sport in the entire world.
What is SUP?
Stand-up paddleboarding is principally a subset of paddleboarding; the only factor that distinguishes the former from the latter is that in it the rider stands up straight on a large board and utilizes a paddle to make his way through the water.
Once upon the board, the user plunges the blade of the paddle fully into the water prior to starting to pull. On the surface level, stand-up paddleboarding is the result ensued by the fine amalgamation of canoeing and surfing. Before choosing a style, gauge your skills well because as compared to the other forms of surfing, SUPs catch waves faster and if you are not careful enough up, you might topple off the board and make yourself vulnerable to serious injuries.
Besides, in SUP, the rider also capitalizes on his arm and core strength while kneeling, standing, or laying on the narrow board corresponding to the force of the wave. According to historians, SUP is not something that popped up in the modern culture out of nowhere; the sport has its roots in the 16th century when people used wooden paddleboards to move from one place to another or simply, have fun in the waves.
Why have SUPs gained so much popularity in the recent times?
Today, you can enjoy paddle boarding wherever you want, be it lagoons, surf zones, rivers, lakes, canals, inland waterways, or just swimming pools. Earlier, the paddleboards used for SUP were made only from bulky materials and were thereby, accessible only by a few.
However, in recent times, with the introduction of inflatable stand-up paddleboards, the attractiveness of the sport swelled and is now being resorted to by innumerable people from all age groups from every corner of the world.
Even if you attempt to look for the functionalities of SUP beyond the realm of entertainment, we can vouch for the fact that you will come across a countless number of those such as swimming, fishing, yoga, and pilates just to name a few.
What’s more interesting is that there are several types of SUPs available in the market, each of which is suited for distinct purposes. The standard size of a stand-up paddleboard usually falls within the window of 9 to 13 feet and can be turned to for surfing, flatwater cruising, racing, crossover versions and so much more.