SUP is short for Stand Up Paddle, that is, another form of surfing. The SUP is practiced standing up on a special table. Let’s find out more together!
What is SUP and how is it practiced
SUP is a discipline which looks new, but in fact it is quite an old sport. It was already talked about in 1700 , when explorer James Cook talked about sportsmen “booming” standing on a big table.
The modern form of Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP was born in Hawaii in the fifties. It is born by accident and at the beginning is called “Beachboy Surfing” . By the 1970s, Stand Up Paddling becomes a very popular sport.
How SUP is practiced
First off you will need a surf board, slightly larger than the ones used for surrfing. Today, unlike in the past, the boards are becoming lighter thanks to the use of carbon fiber.
It is not difficult to learn how to do SUP , especially if you already practice surfing and windsurfing.
It is also an easy sport for those who have never surfed before and want to try it our for the first time.
It’s always better to do a SUP course, if you’re a first-timer, to learn the basic techniques and start your SUP adventure on the right foot, and avoid classic self-defeating mistakes.
Why do people Love SUP
This is a fun sport; paddling on the SUP, is relaxing, fun and extremely beneficial as a form of exercise.
The whole body is used for stand up paddle boarding and this helps strengthen the various body muscles. Some of the most modern SUP boards can also be used for windsurfing.
Since the SUP table is bigger than the surf board, you can actually use it to surf the smaller waves.
In SUP surfing you need to use a paddle. This serves to improve the balance and to perform very fast maneuvers, not unlike the fin of a fish. Since you are standing on the paddle board you can also see better the oncoming waves.
Also, thanks to the use of the paddle, SUP can be practiced in most types of weathers and wind is not an essential component.
Training with SUP equates to an interval training session. In other words it involves high intensity movements alternated with slower movements.
The training peaks are achieved when you have to catch a wave and surf, as well as when exiting the wave itself.
The SUP is a complete sport and exercise session that works on both the legs and buttocks, as well as on the back, arms and abdomen . Obviously, it is necessary to avoid misplaced positions that could cause back pain.
Doing SUP, then surfing, has beneficial effects on back and sciatic pain. It is a natural movement, which forces the body to work in a coordinated and harmonious way, thereby restoring postural balance and muscles.
The SUP boards are light and durable and are available in different models depending on the degree of preparation of the athlete and the level of experience.
A SUP board is usually twice or three times the size of a regular wave surfboard which means you get more stability.
The SUP table is made of polystyrene, glass fiber and a special resin.
Combination of SUP and Yoga
A very popular practice is to use the SUP boards to practice Yoga in the middle of the ocean. To read more about this click here.
So, now you have a short introduction to Stand-up paddle boarding. There is obviously much more to it and you will learn more as you read this blog.
If you’re interested in taking up this sport than why not contact us at The DO Paddle Boarding Academy. We offer special courses for beginners of all ages, from young children to adults. Contact us by email here and we will give you a detailed explanation of our different courses and prices.