Stand Up Paddle Boarding, (SUP), is the new water-sport that is exploding into popularity. Essentially it is standing on a giant surfboard and propelling yourself along with a single ended paddle.
Stars like Pierce Brosnan, Sting, Cindy Crawford, and Kate Hudson are into Stand Up Paddle boarding and now Thailand with it’s warm waters,beautiful beaches and waterways is fast catching on to this simple, yet captivating new water-sport.
SUP also known as Beach Boy Surfing, is a water-sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere there is water. It can be a serene and peaceful form of gentle exercise or exciting and physically demanding, however you do it, it is great for your body.
Training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups, (stomach and back) and for training muscles to fire in co-coordinated ways so that the benefits are immediately transferable to other dynamic sports and activities. As oppose to traditional resistance training where muscles are trained to work in isolated groups in a stable environment. In sport we require our bodies to provide explosive strength while we are on the move, this is the sort of benefit you get from cross-training in a more fluid environment and this where SUP excels.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, (SUP) originated in Hawaii about 40 years ago as a way for surfing instructors to manage large groups of learner surfers. Standing on the board gives you a better view of what is going on around you such as incoming waves. When standing up you can also see much more clearly down through the surface of the water than you can in a canoe or kayak. However the history of this sport goes back much further even than Hawaii.
Long before Man discovered Sailing, before even written language people have been standing and paddling. For two thousand years the worlds navel forces were paddle powered. Even now there are still more oar/paddle powered disciplines than sail powered in the Olympics. With Local Thai Companies such as Starboard producing a whole range of Stand Up Paddle Powered Craft, we are seeing a fresh new explosion of this ancient means of fun and transport.
Lighter than a Kayak and easier to store, with no moving parts it is more simple than windsurfing, it is safe and does not require expensive lessons or special conditions such as kite-boarding, much cheaper than sailing. Weather it be surf, river or lake,it is a great way to introduce water-sports into your life and enjoy the nature around you