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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Unlike traditional surfing where the rider is sitting until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.

An Overview of Stand Up Paddleboarding

There are various modes of stand up paddling, including flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids (whitewater SUP), SUP Yoga, and even fishing.


  • Offers an optimal environment for meditation
  • Boosts cardiovascular health
  • Improves balance
  • Helps to reduce stress



Adaptations and Equipment

A new SUP bard can cost between £400 - 2,500, however they can be rented for use. Cheaper inflatable boards are also available.


According to the Outdoor Foundation's 2013 Outdoor Participation Report, stand up paddle boarding was listed as the most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants in the USA.

Find Stand Up Paddleboarding Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.