Standup Paddleboarding is a type of paddle sport which originated in Hawaii. A person stands on a board and propels themselves through the water using a single-bladed paddle. It is a relatively new and fast-growing sport
Standup Paddleboarding is commonly performed as a recreational activity, on flat water such as lakes and rivers. Paddlers may also take boards surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids, do yoga and fishing.
Standup paddling has been around for a long time as a means of travel across water, but in the early 2000's the activity had a revival and SUP racing has become quite popular. Races are often between 5 and 10km. The races can be divided into categories based on equipment, experience, age and race type. Races can be very challenging, due to unpredictable water and weather conditions.
- Paddleboarding — a person kneels on a board and uses their arms to propel themselves through the water.
- Windsurfing — riding a modified surfboard manoeuvered using a sail on a movable mast.
- Surfing — participants stand on a surfboard, and use the waves for propulsion.
- Canoeing — paddle sport in which the rider kneels or sits facing forward in a canoe.