Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) originates from the idyllic island of Hawaii; it uses a board, which you stand on, and a paddle to help propel you along.
This up and coming sport is suitable for everyone, whether your after a gentle, tranquil paddle or an adrenaline packed wave session, its appeal is massive to all ages and abilities – its versatility meaning there is something for everyone. It is loads of fun, easy to learn and the challenges are endless.
The best way to learn how to SUP is from British Stand Up Paddle (BSUPA) Qualified Instructors, where you will be taught everything you need to know by experienced and knowledgeable instructors.
Whether you want to learn to SUP surf, race or go for a relaxed cruise on the sea you need to start with the basics first.
Check out our BSUPA Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board Courses.
Below is a guide, which will familiarise yourself with the equipment you will be using.
Stand Up Paddle Boards come in all shapes and sizes, depending on what you will be using them for will affect your board choice. For more information check out our SUP Board Guide.
When learning to paddle board you need to know the parts of the board. Below is a labelled diagram of a similar board to which you will learn on.
Fins are always situated at the back of the board but will differ in amounts and placement, depending on the job of the board. Surf SUPs will generally have more fins to help grip and turn on the waves, whereas race SUPs will have a single fin, for less drag.
Paddles also come in lots of different shapes and sizes and made from different materials. The paddle has some parts that are useful to remember, see below:
You will need to alter the height of your paddle, depending on your height and what you want to use it for. Check out our Paddle Guide for more information.
It is really important to wear a leash when you SUP, whether it’s on waves or flat water you always want to be attached to your board to aid your safety. There are different leashes available. Check out our leash guide for more information.