The trend sport of the summer 2017 come from Hawaii. The so-called "Stand Up Paddling" (SUP) is getting more and more popular in Europe. With the board and a paddle you can explore rivers, lakes and bays and at the same time train your body.
The present day water sport SUP originates in the technique of Polynesian fishermen. They paddled standing on their narrow canoe across the open see in order to catch seafood and fish. The translation of the Hawaiian concept of "Ku Hoe he´e nalu" describes exactly the procedure: stand for one wave, paddle, surf.
In the 1960s, surf teachers acquired this kind of locomotion. For one thing, the use of a paddle let them reach the wave-breaking reefs and come back faster. Then, the raised position on the board allowed for a better overview of the surf students. On windless day, it was also an alternative to windsurfing or surfing.
An old surfboard is actually sufficient for Stand Up Paddling. However, since the sport in the past years has developed in different directions, there are the so-called longboards in most diverse designs according to the application and one's own skills. The length of the boards measures from 180 to 400 centimeters. Be it big or small, narrow or wide, rigid or inflatable – normally, the boards are made from plastic materials. The spade paddles often feature a shaft made from aluminum to which the plastic paddle blade is mounted.
The beautiful thing of SUP is that you can exercise this sport on any body of water. Even the volume of equipment is very neat. Of course, not everyone has a board and a paddle at home. What for? Meanwhile, there is a rental in every big city, at each swimming lake and holiday beach where also SUP beginner courses are offered. While normal clothes are sufficient in summer, in winter you should wear a dry suit and neoprene shoes.
In the beginning, such a board on the water is really shaky. The longer you stand on the longboard, the easier it is to balance out the movement of the water. While doing so, the legs are slightly bent, the feet are positioned in parallel with the direction of motion. One hand holds firmly the handle of the paddle, the other encloses the shaft. The continuous balancing work trains the legs, the core muscles and the neck. Paddling strengthens above all the shoulders and the arms.