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Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)

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.

Stand-Up Paddleboard racing Stand-Up Paddleboard racing

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.

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