The British summertime is a great opportunity to get outside and try new things.
Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP as its more commonly known, is currently the fastest growing watersport - not only in the UK, but across the world. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, think of a large surfboard, where the user stands upright and propels his or her self through the water using a long single blade paddle. Although it has only recently started to take off in the UK its origins actually began in the 1950's on Waikiki beach in Hawaii.
In 2000 the sport began to gain more visibility when Hawaiian surfers such as Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Rick Thomas and Archie Kalepa began using it as a form of training for when there was no surf. Since then the sport has gone from strength to strength.
The sport's popularity within the UK is rapidly growing as it is easy for anyone to pick up and is incredibly versatile so appeals to a huge audience with the potential to either: surf; race; fish; practice yoga; go on downwinders; travel down white water; explore; or just cruise around and have fun. It is also open to anyone who lives away from the coast as any piece of water can now be turned into a playground.
Want to get into SUP but don't know where?
The best option for learning how to stand up paddle is to head to your local SUP club/school. There are now lots of SUP clubs/schools across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland which offer a lessons from beginner to advanced SUP tuition, as well as general SUP advice, including SUP safety, equipment and where to SUP nearby.
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