Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) began in the 1960s and has recently become very popular. Surfers use stand up paddleboards for training, photographers use SUPs to position themselves for great pictures, and others use SUPs for recreation and sport. Its popularity is most likely attributed to how easy it is to learn and get started since beginners can become comfortable and confident in under an hour of training and practice. Stand up paddle boarding is also incredibly popular with women. Some surfers have even switched to stand up paddle boards because it allows them to get into position to catch waves much faster.
By Mike Waltze: The sport of Stand Up Paddle seems to have popped up out of nowhere. The truth is, the sport has deep roots in both early Polynesian and Hawaiian History as it is truly a combination of outrigger paddling and surfing.
The first regular Stand Up Paddle enthusiasts were playing around in Waikiki as early as 1939, when Duke Kahnomoku used to stand up on an australian surf ski. Later, in the 60's and 70's guys like John Ah Choy and John Zapotocki used to do the sport regularly up into the late 90's until they finally were getting to old to keep surfing.
Around that Same time, Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama played around with paddles on Maui and although at first no one seemed to take notice, it wasn't long before the sport was attracting all sorts of users from all over the world.
Now, Stand Up Paddling is done almost everwhere there is water, and the sport has gone in multiple directions. Some people like the excercise and weight loss aspects in flat water, others like to race, and the most extreme are taking the boards out into the waves. Filmed in Hawaii, Fiji, and Tahiti, That First Glide is a must see movie for everyone and features most of the premier athletes that got the sport off the ground.
Get ready as the world's top watermen take you step-by-step from basic wave riding techniques to advanced maneuvers. Plus pro-tips, racing techniques, exotic travel, and tons of insane action in between. Bonus features include: Making Of, additional action segments, and tons more. It's what'SUP.
And if you're not ready for the waves yet, don't forget basic to intermediate instruction in Volume One:
In typical Real Kiteboarding fashion (aka Real Watersports), they have released the ultimate comprehensive standup paddleboarding instructional DVD. They cover absolutely everything, from gear choices and setup, to all the basic instruction, on into advanced paddling and riding waves. Here are the section
Board Types, Board Constructions, Fin Choices, Paddles, Wax, Deckpads, Leashes, Wetsuits, Booties, Sun Protection
Gear Set Up:
Proper Wax Choice and Application, Installing a Deckpad, Installing leash and fin, Choosing Your Paddle, Paddle Sizing
Standing Up, Proper Stance, Holding the Paddle, Paddling Technique, Using the Paddle for Balance, How to Fall
Now you can Master the Art of the ancient Hawaiian surfers- STAND UP PADDLE SURFING.
Premier Productions, producers of Award Winning "HOW- TO" videos (RAVE, SPEED IQ, BOOST & UNLEASHED, THE FORCE,LIQUID THUNDER AT JAWS & CRAZY DAYS) present a radical "How-To Stand Up Paddle Surf" video from the shores of Hawaii.
In Volume One, some of Hawaii's top watermen take you step-by-step from first time basics to intermediate riding, with Pro Tips and tons of action in-between.
Feauturing: Brian Keauhulana, Todd Bradley, Dave Parmenter plus Hawaiis top riders.
Filmed using special camera mounts, "S.U.P.S" will put you in the pilots seat for the ride of a lifetime.
When you're ready for the waves, get on board with Volume 2 for the ultimate in SUP wave instruction and action.
Kite-Line carries all the latest and greatest stand up paddle board products including paddleboards, paddles, accessories and DVDs from the top brands in the industry. With a full selection of beginner and advanced boards from Slingshot and Cabrinha you’re sure to find a new board that meets your needs. We also carry a selection of different paddles from top brands like Slingshot. You are sure to find everything you need to get geared up and ready for your next paddle boarding trip right here at Kite-Line at great prices.