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You have probably noticed a strange phenomenon overtaking your local lakes, rivers and oceans: people standing on what looks like a surfboard, gliding across the water as they propel themselves forward with a single paddle. Stand up paddleboarding seems to be the hottest activity of summer 2014, and there’s a lot to know about this blossoming sport. Here are nine facts about the summer’s latest craze.

Aloha, SUP!
Stand up paddleboarding in its modern iteration originated in Hawaii (in the Hawaiian language, the sport is called Hoe he’e nalu). The sport dates back to the 1950’s and 1960’s: what began as a way for surfing instructors and photographers to snap better photos of surfers eventually evolved into stand up paddleboarding.Stand up paddleboarding is often abbreviated to its acrony” SUP” inevitably leading to countless “what’s up” puns.


The Equipment

One of the reasons that stand up paddleboarding has become so popular is that you don’t need much to get started.

You’ll need a board, a paddle and some water to paddle through. A personal flotation device is always a good idea (and even required in some areas) .

Choose Your Paddle
The paddle should be roughly five to seven inches taller than the rider. If you left your measuring tape at home, simply do the shaka symbol with your hand (thumb out, pinky out, middle three fingers down). Your paddle should be as tall as you plus one shaka length.

 

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