1. Where does Standup Paddle come from?
Standup paddle boarding has its roots where all board sports have their beginnings, in Hawaii. Known as Hoe he’e nalu, standup paddle surfing actually has ancient roots but became popular in modern times among surf instructors and photographers trying to get a higher vantage point than the surface of the water. SUP is an acronym that stands for “standup paddleboarding” and it is taking the water sports world by storm.
2. What is Standup Paddle?
Basically, SUP uses a surf style board and a long paddle. In that regard it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. While originally made popular by surfer Laird Hamilton as he used the paddle to help him catch the towing waves found in Hawaii, SUP is not only for surfing any longer. Standup paddling can be done in a variety of forms such as on flat water protected lakes to easy beach paddling, to open water paddling, and all the way to surfing waves.
3. Fast growing sport
While it is difficult to measure the level of participation in outdoor sports, kayaking has long been considered the fastest growing water sport of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s also safe to safe that paddling kayaks has gone from the fastest growing to the most popular. Well it looks like the sport of kayaking will have to relinquish at least one of those titles. Standup paddle boarding is quickly becoming the water sport of choice and while SUP might not be the most popular (yet) it certainly is the fastest growing.
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Places in Mallorca that offer Standup Paddle
El Niño Surf Center: http://paddlesurfmallorca.com/?lang=en
Bonaona Mallorca: Stand Up Paddle & Café Bar: http://www.bonaona.com/
Mallorca Extreme Sports: http://english.mallorcaextremesports.com/