Where Do I Start?

Stand up paddle surfing (SUP) instruction begins on flat water, where you can get your balance on oversized boards. Stand-up boards are longer, wider, thicker than traditional longboards for surfing, which gives them much more float and stability. The boards are paddled from a standing position, so some initial balance is required. The rider uses a long shafted paddle for propulsion and steering. There are different strokes you will learn to help you turn, and to make you go.

What is SUP?

Stand Up Paddle or SUP for short, is one of the fastest growing water sports on the planet. The sport involves gliding across the water on an oversized surfboard in a standing position, using a long paddle for propulsion. It can be practiced on flat water in lakes, rivers, or intracoastal areas, or in the ocean, riding waves like a surfer. It was originally called "beach boy surfing", named after the famous Waikiki beach boys in Hawaii, who combined their skills in outrigger canoe paddling and surfing. Surfing instructors would stand on their surfboards to get a better view of their students.

Is Surfing Experience Necessary?

You do not need to know how to surf to learn stand up paddle, but you must know how to swim. All beginning paddlers must complete the flat water lesson first before you can opt to sign up for the SUP surfing class. For the more adventurous, we can teach you how to ride waves on a stand up paddle board. North Florida has some of the most gentle surf on the planet that is easy to ride. Most people will be fully satisfied (and exhausted) after their SUP session. We supply all the beginner equipment, and a variety of sizes to accommodate different people sizes. Bigger folks will need more floatation (please let us know if you are over 220lbs). Advanced sup-surfers can rent from a wide selection of differing board sizes and types.

Where Do People SUP?

Standup has become popular on lakes and rivers. Surfers love standup paddle boards because they can catch more waves and have fun even in smaller surf. Many devotees participate in long distance events, traveling downwind between islands (crossings), touring along coastlines, or exploring bays and inlets. Part of the incredible appeal of standup paddle surfing is that no previous surfing experience is required, and you do not have to be super fit to learn. Anyone can learn to standup paddle board in flat water, and then decide from there to take it into the waves or not.

Is SUP Good Exercise?

Stand Up Paddle is an unreal core workout, working almost every muscle in the body. Balancing on the board works stabilizer muscles in the legs, and paddling will strengthen your abs and back. Depending on how hard you want to work, SUP can also be an intense cardiovascular workout, especially in the waves. Standup paddle surfing is a great way to get fit without having to go to the gym. It is a way of exercising and having fun at the same time. Just standing on the board feeling the motion of the water engages hundreds of stabilizer muscles from the soles of your feet to your legs, back and abdominals. SUP has virtually no negative impact on the knees and ankle the joints, and can be great for strengthening the muscles around weak joints.

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