There are several easy ways to turn a paddleboard.

In the 1990s SUP was taught at Hawaiian surf schools as an alternative way to surf when there was little swell. This practice became increasingly popular so surf instructor Brian Keaulana decided to add ‘’Beach Boy Surfing’’ to the world-recognized ‘’Buffalo Big Board Contest’’ in 2003. The response to this new category was overwhelming, with many recognized surfers choosing to partake.

Beginners -  your weight in (kg) x 2 (ie 90kg x 2 = 180 litres

In warm weather you can generally just get out there in a swimsuit and maybe a rash guard if you want some sun protection. If you are going to paddle in colder conditions you will want to look into wetsuits, booties, and other cold water protection.

We hope you found this guide useful and are now better informed to make a decision on the perfect stand up paddle board for your needs.

Now that you are up and balancing on your board it is time to get to paddling. This is not as challanging as most people think. Here are some basics to get you started:

Laird officially brought paddle boarding to U.S. shores on Sept. 11, 2004 paddling out at Malibu on a stand up paddle board holding an American flag. The rest is history.

Shortboard style SUP boards look very similiar to the classic pointier surfboard shape and will be better at more radical slashy and vertical style surfing. These boards are usually narrower in width making them perform turns easier on waves than wider more stable boards. They too will have  3 / multiple fin configrations which will change the boards performance.

All paddle boards require fins. Most boards come with a single or tri fin setup. Here are some simple steps to get the fins setup:

Always start out in calm, flat water and keep in mind you could be falling! So unless you’re in the tropics, a wetsuit may be a good idea.

You can use this formula below to work out an estimate of how much Volume you should be looking at in your board.

Many people start out on a board much too small, and can never seem to gain balance and become disheartened. Don’t let this be you. Choose the right size board to start out and when in doubt, always go wider and thicker.

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Select a wide 30”+ and stable 11’+ board to start. Always start in calm, flat water.

Around since '79 and notorious for producing premium sup and surf products, Naish SUP is back this season. Here is our Naish SUP Board review for 2016.

Paddle: Stand up paddles have an angle or “elbow” in the shaft for maximum efficiency. Choose a paddle that’s roughly 6" to 8" taller than you are (note: some manufacturers recommend an 8" to 10" differential).

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Leash: Typically sold separately, a leash tethers your SUP to you, keeping it close by if you fall off. Your SUP is a large flotation device, so being attached to it can be important for your safety. There are leashes designed specifically for surf, flatwater and rivers; be sure to purchase the correct one for your intended use.

SUP continued in Tel Aviv in the twentieth century where lifeguards stood on wide boards to ensure a clear view of possible swimmers in distress. The lifeguards used a paddle to propel them through the water quickly to rescue swimmers.

The first magazine devoted to the sport, Standup Journal, was founded in June 2007.

Stand up paddlers wear a variety of wet suits and other clothing, depending on water and air temperature since most of their time is spent standing on the board.

Riverine SUP boards experiment with different fabrics and polymers to endure the abuse the board takes in the river.[4]

Want to take your stand up paddle boarding to the next level? Find out how to get SUP certified.

Volume has a key role to play in choosing the type of paddling you aspire to do, the greater the volume of a board  = the easier and more comfortable it will be to stand on. The volume of a flat water SUP board will relate to the paddlers weight and skill level.

Paddle boarding delivers a full-body workout and thus has become a popular cross-training activity. And since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon.

How to stand up paddleboard

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The ocean is huge, lakes are big and the rivers are wide. Yet we always seem to want to paddle on the same square inch of water! Paddle boards are big and they can hurt when they hit you. Be mindful of other water users and when you’re learning the art of SUP. Make sure you have plenty of room to practice standing, falling and paddling.

These can range in price greatly. Aluminum are usually the cheapest but also the heaviest. You can go all the way up to a carbon fiber paddle for the lightest paddle out there. For exact sizing and recommendations check out our article on stand up paddle technology.

Riding waves has to be the main pull for most who want to get into Stand up paddle surfing.There are however lots and lots of boards on the market which may confuse you and not meet your requirments or level.

The Outdoor Foundation's 2015 Special Report into Paddlesports found that 2.8 Million (or 0.9%) of Americans participated in standup paddlboarding in 2014. This is up from 2.0 million in 2013. Ages 25-44 made up the highest percentage of overall contributors (47%). The highest participation rate was teenagers ages 14-17 (1.8%), with males comprising 76% of this age bracket.[2]

To get started, you just need some basic SUP gear and techniques.

The contemporary form of the sport originated in the 16th century where Hawaiian surfers would surf on boards of up to 5 meters in length. These surfers used a paddle to operate boards that were otherwise unwieldy.

There are 3 main categories where you can use a Stand up paddle board and these sometimes cross over into one another.

This actually goes for all stand up paddle boarders but the sooner you are aware how vital a leash is in any kind of condition the safer you and everyone else will be when you are paddling. There are different types of leashes and different types of attachment points depending on what style of paddling you are doing, so be sure to check out these two articles: “Which leash is right for me?” and “Why do I need a leash on a SUP?”

Paddling provides a great full body and core workout. Many athletes have used SUP as a cross training tool for other sports or simply taken it up as their primary sport. It doesn’t take a whole lot of experience or equipment to get started. Here is the low down on how to start walking on water in no time!

Here are all the items you need to get out on the water paddling:

For some it helps to practice setting your stance on the beach before you get in the water. This way you are comfortable with the motion of getting up on your board. Here are some key points on setting stance on your SUP:

Paddles float, so if you fall and must let it go – it won’t sink.

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Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. With a minimum of gear, you can paddle ocean surf or placid lakes and rivers.