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Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding is fast becoming a recognized sport and pastime. It involves a type of surfboard and a long paddle. Paddle boarding is easy to learn and allows greater mobility for getting places on the water.
The paddle boards are typically longer than 9 feet and come in a variety of shapes depending on the type of stand up paddle boarding use: flat water, moving water, or waves. Most boards are constructed of a foam core with a carbon fiber or fiberglass epoxy skin, while inflatable boards have also appeared recently. Paddles used for stand up paddle boarding are similar to a canoe paddle except longer to accommodate the reach to the water. The premium or performance paddles will have a "bent shaft" or a blade that is angled to the shaft. This allows the blade to be more efficient when in the water.
PFD's are recommended at all times. However, the latest news is the US Coast Guard classifies an SUP as a "vessel" meaning that a paddle board, when used “beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area” must comply with certain boating safety regulations. However, a stand up paddle board is not considered a vessel if it is used in a “swimming, surfing or bathing area.” This means, as a vessel, a rider must have a Coast Guard approved PFD (personal floatation device), a VDS (visual distress signal; a VDS is only required on boards 16 feet or less if operating at night), and navigation lights (i.e. flashlight). This is a generalized description of the laws. To read more about boating regulations, visit the federal government code of federal regulations (33 CFR) at the eCFR website.
The history of stand up paddle boarding began in the 1960's in Hawaii as a way for surfing instructors get to locations for taking photographs of their students surfing. As a result, a new form of water sports was invented. Today, especially in the last 10 years, it's popularity has grown across the world. There are SUP magazines (Paddle World Magazine, Stand Up Paddle Magazine, SUP the Mag, SUP Surf Mag), several SUP races (see Rogue SUP race Calendar), and many opportunities for learning how to ride a stand up paddle board.
Here are some good tutorials on the basics of riding an SUP:
- SUP Instruction, by Dan Gavre