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Paddle Surfing Comes Courtesy of the Hawaiian Islands

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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February 23, 2014

Picture of Jeremy Massiere. Champion de france de SUP 2009) surfant sur la plage de Biscarrosse en septembre 2012. Photo uploaded to Wikicommons by A. belloc.  / CC BY-SA 3.0

Picture of Jeremy Massiere. Champion de france de SUP 2009 surfant sur la plage de Biscarrosse en septembre 2012. Photo uploaded to Wikicommons by A. belloc. / CC BY-SA 3.0

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Paddle Surfing is Great Fun With or Without Waves

Enjoy the beach, sea and surf life? Paddle surfing may be for you. The good thing about paddle surfing is that even if the sea is calm and there’s barely a breeze that’s okay. Your paddle has you covered either way. You could certainly lie down on it like a surfboard and have fun out there in the water. However, the way that you’re meant to get around is on your knees or standing up and using a paddle to get from one place to another.

Origins of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding  is said to have been around since ancient Hawaiian, Peruvian and African times. However, the sport as we know it today is often associated with Maui surf legend Laird Hamilton. Looking for a way to cross train for big waves he grabbed a canoe paddle and his longest surfboard and was pleased with the workout. It caught on.

How Popular is Paddle Boarding?

Paddle boarding / surfing has been stealing the limelight from it’s more glorious brother surfing over the last few years.

The Outdoor Foundation’s 2013 Outdoor Participation Report listed it as the most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants in the United States.

Perhaps what has helped boost it’s popularity is that it can be done in the ocean and on lakes, rivers and bays.

Check out the excellent beginner’s video on paddle surfing below by John Denney and Charles Dasher.

 
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