There Are A Huge Variety Of NSP Stand Up Paddle Boards To Suit Everyone's Size, Style And Specific Needs

By Ida Dorsey

Stand Up Paddle-boarding or SUP is an exciting new version of the traditional surfing that took the world by storm during the last few years. Where-ever you go to a beach, lake or river, you see people - young and old and in all shapes and sizes - propelling themselves along through the water with a paddle whilst standing upright on a board. NSP stand up paddle boards also come in many shapes and sizes and you should pick one that is most effective for your weight, size and the purpose why you want it - racing or relaxing?

The idea of riding a wave, paddling or fishing in an upright position whilst balancing on a huge board, apparently appeals to most water sport lovers. Maybe it is the fact that one is not submerged in water all the time, or have a better view from a standing position, but whatever the reason, this craze has spread like wildfire. Even traditional surfers are hooked and many are trading their long boards for a SUP version.

SUP boards are generally bigger and thicker than the traditional surf board, which makes it easier to keep one's balance and to ride a wave. Keeping one's balance and paddling along with a single banana-curved paddle is not only excellent physical exercise, but also loads of fun. It is no wonder that this fairly new sport last year toppled old favorites like board-sailing and windsurfing as the most popular outdoor activity in the USA!

Even traditional surfers love SUP because it is so versatile, allowing them the opportunity to catch more waves in a row, as well as a better view of incoming waves. Paddlers have a wide choice of wet suits and other clothes most suitable for the specific conditions and temperatures of the places where they plan to go.

Although people have used tree stumps and other forms of floats and paddles to fish standing up since the earliest times, it is believed that the modern form of SUP originated in Hawaii. It only became popular in the USA during the last decade after a veteran of Vietnam introduced it there and a custom surf shaper created one of the first modern SUP boards.

There are currently two main types of SUP Boards - the all arounder and the racing or touring ones. Both are suitable for different types of paddling. There are also several other more specific styles of boards to choose from - even inflatable ones for those who often travel to distant places to enjoy their sport in different locations!

The all arounders are best suited for beginners and those who just want to paddle or fish in calm waters close to shore. These ones have a planing hull like a surfboard and are 10 to 12 feet long and 29 to 36 inches wide. The boards used for racing, touring and downwind SUP have a pointed nose and a more rounded hull and are longer (12-14 feet).

Prices vary from $600 to $1500, but one can also get good second-hand ones. The latest trend is inflatable SUP boards that are light-weight and easy to transport. No matter why and how you SUP, there is a board that is tailor-made to suit your style, size and fancy!

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