The energy and basic training of stand up paddle surfing continue to unite the global surf and fitness community. In this article, we have decided to present you a review of stand up paddle surfing from its humble beginnings to its current place as one of the greatest movements in the history of surfing. We are sure you will appreciate it!
Read on to learn more!
Imagine a perfect sunny morning with a blue sky, a glassy horizon and breaking waves. You paddle early to beat the crowds and you are the only one in the water. Just as you reach the alignment line, you turn to the horizon to see a beautiful wave roll as if it was waiting for you to get into the water. Every wave that passes, small or large, riding or not, is a thrill in the heart and mind of the surfer eager for standing paddles. Certainty, cordiality in the water and surfing with elan, that’s all that the sport of paddling in stand up is all about.
Surfing has tested the limits of each waterman’s strength and ability. A centuries-old sport, Hawaiians were among the first to be spotted playing among the waves on their long surfboards. While the spirit of surfing has remained the same, variations have been introduced by a progressive group of surfers. Paddle surfing, also known as beach boy surfing, has a history of exciting people with its noble rhythm and grace. The sport began with the Beach Boys of the 1960s paddling their long surfboards in the ocean to take pictures of tourists. Over time, other surfers have noticed and experienced the stand-up paddle surf as a means of training and refining their skills. With this story, paddle surfing has its infamous legends. John Zabotocky, also known as the oldest beach surfer in the world, is an inspiration to many who have adopted the sport. Since the 1940s, he has been found paddling standing up along the Hawaiian coast.
The evolution of longboard, shortboard and paddleboard designs has culminated in the development of today’s SUP surfboards. Looking back over history, traditional surfboards with 50/50 rails and single fin configurations have evolved into smaller, lighter and faster surfboards. Today, with the materials available today and new composite construction techniques, shapers are pushing the existing limits of weight, strength, and shape of SUP surfboards, leading to a higher level of performance among SUP surfers.
Paddling is not just about braving the waves. Standing upright paddling on calm water is an enriching experience because it offers you a brilliant angle of visibility of life on and under water. However, when the surf is up, the surfer gauges the waves on the beach, slides the board into the water, and carefully manages to make a shore break before taking the less frequented road to surf a break away from the crowd. With grace, confidence, and respect for all other surfers in the water, each wave turns into an epic adventure.
SUP surf is a high-quality basic training on flat water and in the waves. It is an ideal sport for cross training because it develops basic strength and balance. Fitness is highly important in the sport world, not to mention for your health in general. So, you may as well take advantage of it while you can.
SUP surfboards are generally designed to be slightly longer and thicker than medium long-boards. However, at the time of writing, the most advanced paddlers are tearing apart on 9-foot boards with pulled noses, constantly paving the way for the future of the sport. Paddle manufacturers have also responded to the demand for SUP surfing equipment by producing paddles specially designed for stand up paddle surfing.
A phenomenon in full expansion throughout the world, paddle surfing has seduced countless enthusiasts. Perhaps it is the grace and harmonious combination of skill and thrill that attracts us to SUP surfing. Standing paddle surfing has fascinated surfers for over 60 years. It is only a matter of time before beaches around the world are aligned with boards and paddles of all sizes, shapes, and colours.
Until next time; paddle….surf….smile!