7 Things to do on a SUP
Standup paddleboarding (or SUP as it’s often affectionately called) has taken the water sports world by storm in recent years.
You might see them out in your local waterways -- riders standing (or kneeling) on a large board and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. But the board-based fun doesn't have to stop at paddling your local rivers and shorelines. Here are 7 SUP-based activities you can try this summer.
1. SUP yoga
Take your yoga practice to the next level with SUP yoga!
While stand-up paddleboarding and yoga may seem like an odd pairing at first, there are many benefits to doing yoga on the water, including engaging muscles that you may not usually use during a land-based practice, getting closer to nature, and practicing your mindfulness, as the wobbly board will force you to be very present and intentional with all your movements!
2. SUP surfing
Love a good adrenaline rush? Then surfing will be one of your favourite activities to do on a SUP.
Surfing on a paddleboard is easier than a surfboard because you have a larger surface to stand on. These boards are also much easier to paddle out with since they don’t weigh as much as a traditional surfboard.
If you’re totally new to SUP surfing, avoid the bigger waves and start off small, with gentle waves in calmer waters, and always be sure to check the weather forecast the day of your trip in order to avoid being surprised by inclement weather. (Or book a lesson with a reputable guide!)
3. SUP with your pup!
Most paddleboards have enough room to strap on a few extra items -- or a beloved pet!
If you want to SUP with your pup, make sure you give them time to learn how to stay on the board and adjust to the sensation of being on the water. They could really love it, and it could become a great new bonding experience for you and your four-legged friend if you're patient and let them go at their pace. And if things start to go sideways—just let them be done, give them praise and treats, and try again another time.
4. SUP racing
On your mark, get set, go! If you like to go fast, then SUP racing might be for you. SUP races are held around the world and are open to a wide range of SUP enthusiasts. You could join a short 5km race in your local waterway, or take on the Yukon River Quest, an intense 715km race through the Canadian wilderness.
Whatever your distance, get your practice in now because word on the street is that SUP racing might soon make its way into becoming an Olympic sport!
5. SUP touring
If you like exploring new places away from the crowds, SUP touring could be for you.
When you go on a SUP tour, you'll have everything you need safely packed on your SUP, so try not to overpack! Not sure what to bring and what to leave at home? Check out this guide on SUP touring for beginners.
6. SUP dates
Whether you're heading out on a first date or keeping the magic alive after years of partnership, there are loads of awesome date ideas that you can do on a stand-up paddleboard.
Grab some LED lights and head out to watch a sunset, or pack a meal and have a picnic on the float! Or if you're feeling adventurous, or go on a weekend paddle somewhere new. (Just don’t fall in!)
7. SUP exercise
While stand-up paddleboarding is a great form of exercise in its own right, there are some ways you can bring your workout to the next level if you're tired of your regular routines at your crowded gym.
Try some SUP circuit workouts, like paddle twists, plank-ups and v-sits on your board, each for 30 seconds at a time before immediately moving onto the next one. You'll be feeling the burn in no time!
Want to check out some professional paddlers in action? Join us for the Lake Erie Challenge on August 28th!