A popular celeb sport
When Michelle McChristie arrived at Algonquin Provincial Park in central Ontario in 2010 with a stand-up paddleboard strapped to the roof of her car, she got more than a few raised eyebrows and laughs from people who thought she and her family were surfers who were seriously lost. “Even when I explained-‘You stand up on the board on the water and paddle’-people still seemed puzzled,” remembers McChristie, who lives in Thunder Bay, Ont. That was three years ago, though.
Today, the sight of someone stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is more likely to draw cries of, “Hey, I want to try that!” The sport, which originated in Hawaii in the 1950s, is becoming more and more popular, fuelled by word of mouth and paparazzi shots of fit celebs like Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey SUPing at tropical resorts.