Easy to learn, fun to do. A survey of outdoor recreational activities found Stand Up Paddling (SUP) was the activity attracting the most first-time participants of any in the US!(1)
Originating in Hawaii, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a spin-off of surfing, but as its name implies, SUP riders stand upright on the board and use a paddle to propel themselves across the water, no waves required. People love it for outdoor recreation, fitness, sightseeing, even fishing.
Who's doing it?
Like bike riding, SUP is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. No special skills are required. SUP is great for adults, kids, and even the family dog. People enjoy SUP individually or as part of a group, party, boot camp or retreat.
Where can you SUP?
You don't have to go far. Stand Up Paddlers enjoy any type of water, flat or wavy including: lakes, rivers, bays and oceans. And the good news is that Maryland has abundant waterways suitable for SUP.
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Why's it so popular
SUP provides powerful physical, mental and spiritual benefits:
In a rut with a boring workout routine?
- When you do Stand Up Paddling you get a full-body, no-impact, core workout all while breathing in fresh air, soaking up vitamin D and having so much fun it doesn't even feel like "exercise". Need to work on flexibility and balance? SUP yoga is the way to go.
Learn more about exercising the SUP way
Get so many text messages you forget what your family & friends sound like?
- With hands on the paddle, not on the phone, Paddler groups are bound to have lasting memories of their SUP time spent talking, laughing, and discovering new things together.
Has the daily grind ground you down?
- SUP, sometimes referred to as "walking on water" gives you the precious chance to recharge in a relaxing, distraction-free environment. And the bonus is taking in the alluring beauty of the waterfront from a unique vantage point that simply can't be had on shore or even in a boat.
See how to get started in a friendly, supportive atmosphere
Sound great? Ready to get On Board?
No wonder so many people, just like you, are eager to try SUP. But that's why you need to be careful!
- As you know, where there is a market, there will always be lots of ambitious entrepreneurs focused on turning a quick buck. Their offerings are designed to pull in clamoring throngs. Great for them, but you get long lines, classes geared to masses, and noisy crowds guaranteed to chase away any wildlife.