Stand Up Paddling, or SUP is proving to be the next craze in the ever evolving world of water sport. First, in the 1980’s canoeing gained much popularity. In the 1990’s, Canoers became Kayakers. Now, in the early twenty-first century, SUP is the newest and most exciting self-powered sport to hit the oceans, lakes and waterways.
Don’t be misled thinking that SUP is exclusively designed for surfers, pro-athletes and movie stars photographed in People Magazine. Unlike surfing, SUP is extremely user friendly, particularly when the paddler chooses to ride on lakes and rivers. At Austin Paddle Sports we’ve paddled with everyone from 3 year-olds hitching rides on the front of the board with their moms, to inexperienced teenagers, to even adventurous grandparents. SUP is for virtually anyone who enjoys being in the water and exercising in a tranquil atmosphere.
So what’s the draw? Well, aside from stand up paddling being fun, easy and enjoyable, the sport offers a unique low-impact core workout with less potential for injury than other sports. SUP is an efficient calorie burner when done vigorously, but rarely causes injuries such as sprains, shin-splints, and there have certainly been no cases of road rash. In a nutshell, SUP can be either a great cardio workout or a fun social outing with friends or family members.
Is it hard to balance? No. A fundamental benefit to SUP is the fact that it is easy to learn. Unlike surfing or skiing, after just one lesson to learn basic technique, safety and water etiquette, you’ll feel like a pro and be ready to go out on your own.
The sport is attracting people from all walks of life and ages. At Austin Paddle Sports we’ve taken out families looking for a new way to spend time together, fishermen wanting to get a better angle for spotting redfish down on the coast, tri-athletes looking for yet another avenue to cross-train, and your average outdoor enthusiast who is simply looking to enjoy the serenity of Town Lake while listening to the birds and watching the morning fog rise off of the still water. SUP is truly for anyone with a passion for the outdoors or for the athlete looking for another avenue to burn calories.