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Do you know stand up paddle?

Stand up paddleboarding is a water sport that is practiced at sea, but also in fresh water, and requires the use of a board and a paddle. It is particularly appreciated because it is accessible to all levels and easy to learn, the only prerequisite being knowing how to swim, especially if you plan to practice it in areas where there is depth. The popularity of this activity is explained by the fact that it is a complete sport allowing you to work the muscles of the upper limbs, those of the lower limbs and the abdominals, while having fun and discovering magnificent landscapes. But since when has stand-up paddleboarding existed?

The origins of stand up paddle

Before becoming a sport which consists of rowing upright on a rigid or inflatable board, at sea, on a river or a lake, the stand up paddle was above all a means of transport used by the Polynesians who, around a hundred years ago Over the years, they cut tree trunks and assembled them into large planks to make rafts.

Their kings were then the first to “surf” standing on large boards made of tree trunks, on the ocean. You should know that surfing also had a spiritual dimension for the Polynesians who considered this practice as a way to challenge the sea and prove their superiority over it.

Stand up paddle boarding as we know it today was created by a champion swimmer named Duke Kahanamoku and a group of friends and was made popular again in the 2000s by Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton, with the success of shorter, lighter surfboards.

Note that surfing, which is also a board sport, was also born in Polynesia where it has been practiced since the 15th century and made popular in the 20th century , again under the leadership of Duke Kahanamoku. In 1912, he gave sliding demonstrations in California, which helped to create a real frenzy among the population.

It is his involvement in the popularization of these board sports that has earned Duke to be considered the true father of modern surfing in the United States.

Today, stand-up paddleboarding and surfing, which does not require the use of a paddle, are 2 distinct sporting disciplines that are practiced competitively or for leisure.

What are the disciplines of stand-up paddle?

Stand up paddle can be practiced while cruising or hiking which consists of short or long distance rides on lakes, rivers and at sea.

It is also possible to practice it in a race or race over more or less long distances near the coast or on the high seas. This discipline is reserved for seasoned and trained athletes given that it requires a lot of endurance and training.

SUP surfing consists of surfing on a surfboard and with a paddle. This practice is reserved for people who already have a good level of surfing and who are familiar with the rules that apply to the spots.

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