Paddle surfing is a sport of Polynesian origin (Hawaii), originally meaning “to stand above the sea”. From here its name SUP also known as Stand Up Paddle. The natives of these islands used large boards to go from one island to another, later Hawaiian surfers began to use boards as an alternative way to train when there were no waves, and the result is that now this ancestral tradition has become a sport with increasingly more followers.
Paddle surfing is advancing standing on a board larger than surfboards with the aid of a paddle.
Its major attraction is the ease of learning and accessibility to all kinds of people as well as the variety of formats and a comprehensive physical activity.
Another feature that makes it a sport with increasingly more followers is that you don’t need waves, it can be practiced in any aquatic environment (sea, rivers, swamps, lakes…) and all multiple variants from the more frivolous sun bathing in the sea, to a simple stroll, to its nautical formats and catalogued as a sport with rules and competition rules. In the latter case, we would be talking about:
- SUP Olas
- SUP Race
- SUP Travesía
In wave SUP
Competition rules are the same as that in the traditional Surf format (without a paddle), adding to this the inherent difficulties in the equipment, in this case the paddle, which is used in a very technical way to catch the wave and get back out to the break. To get more points, it is essential to demonstrate control, speed and fluency as well as variety of maneuvers in complete control.
In race SUP
Consists of a starting point marked on the beach and distance to a buoy to be rounded and return to the point of origin. The route varies depending on the beach and category of the competition.
Long distance SUP
Is a race that covers a distance of several kilometers and requiring much resistance and both the physical and mental effort of competitors. The most famous is the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, 35 nautical miles (56. 33 km).