SUP is classed as a surfing offshoot that that was popularised in Hawaii in the 1940s.
It has also been classed as surfing for the lazy.
It is one of the fastest growing water sports in the UK.
Where does it come from?
SUP stems back thousands of years, with examples found throughout the world, like Hawaii, Peru,
Israel and Italy.
In the 16th Century, Hawaiian surfers used SUP boards up to five-metres long,
that required paddles to help them move in the water.
Flat Water SUP arrived in 2007.
It was seen as a way to carry equipment and connect with nature as well as being great
for keeping fit and core strength.
SUP boards are more buoyant than surf boards.
Surfboards have less volume than a SUP board. SUP boards need extra volume to float.
Depending on the shape and size of the board, it can be good for different disciplines on the water.
Narrow and Short boards made from carbon fibre are often used for competitions.
Longer Boards - tend to be used for racing.
Inflatable Boards - used for Touring.
Asian Beach Games 2021 / Pan American games 2023
Whether you're a complete beginner or someone with slightly more experience, we can help you gain confidence and skill out on the river.
Hi, I'm Rachel. I am a member of BSUPA, ASI qualified and First aid trained.
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