Also known as “paddle surfing,” this sport’s origins can be traced back to Polynesia and the surf kings of Hawaii. You stand on a long board and use a paddle to propel yourself across the surface of the water. Think it sounds tame? Watch a few racing videos and you might change your mind! This is a serious workout that will develop your strength, balance and endurance.
Unlike surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP for short) can be done without waves, so enjoy it at the beach, on a river or on the lake at your cottage. Get the hang of it by taking lessons from a dive or surf shop, such as Surf Ontario, or companies like Paddle Surf Fit in Kamloops, B.C., and Ride the Wake near Ottawa. To learn more about the sport, visit Paddle Surf Canada.
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