Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) traces its roots back to Polynesia and ancient surfing. Surf instructors in Hawaii started using SUP’s in the 1960′s as a way to get a better view of the waves and their students. It was referred to as beach boy surfing. In the early 2000s, big wave surfers such as Laird Hamilton started cross training with SUP. Today lots of celebrities and athletes have taken up SUP’ing and the sport continues to grow and spread out over the ocean, lake, and even river waters everywhere.
SUP tones and strengthens your stomach, arms, legs, and back muscles plus relieves stress, promotes balance, and gives you an overall blissful feeling.
Paddleboarding embraces countless experiences. From the calm smooth waters that provide a relaxing meditative flow, to the dynamic experience of waves. Each experience teaches you something new, not only about paddleboarding, but also about yourself. Paddleboarding to me is about learning when to hold on and learning when to let go. It’s about connecting to the water, feeling the movement of the waves and allowing your body to harmonize with this sensation. What an incredible feeling!
Yoga on the board enhances this connection to nature and the gifts the water offers.