SUPing or paddleboarding is a mix between surfing and kayaking. Simply put, it involves standing upright on a board (about 10-12ft long) and then propelling yourself along using a paddle. What makes SUPing so popular is its versatility. Many people use their SUP simply to have fun and pootle around on, socialising with friends whilst splashing about on a small local stretch of water. But SUPs are also great for short bursts of exercise, providing a great workout of anything from 20 minutes to over an hour of strong paddling after work instead of your usual walk or run. You can even do yoga on a SUP (yes, it’s a thing!). It’s also entirely possible to spend a whole day (or even multiple days) on a SUP, and with an average leisurely paddle speed of 3-4MPH (similar to, or slightly faster than walking) you can cover a decent amount of distance, making them great for mini expeditions too.
They’re not just great on rivers either. You can take your SUP on lakes or even coastal areas of the sea in the right conditions. And although they are most commonly used in the summer, their use isn’t necessarily confined to the warmer months. With the addition of a wetsuit and other equipment, there’s no reason why you couldn’t be getting good use out of your SUP practically all year round.