Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Boards (Coming Soon)
Learn about the best stand up paddle board brands and options for your next water adventure whether you're looking for a rigid or inflatable style board we will help make your decision easy!
Gear (Coming Soon)
Discover the stand up paddle boarding gear you will want to take along with you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Tips and Techniques
Our stand up paddle boarding guides will inform you on everything from what to wear to how much a board can hold, where to go paddling and much more!
What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
Stand up paddle boarding, or as you will see it frequently referred to as SUP, is a variation of surfing but with a paddle. Of course it’s not as cut and dry as that...
You don't have to be somewhere with waves to enjoy stand up paddle boarding which is part of the reason it has grown to be a popular leisure activity for a lot of people.
Most likely you live somewhere that has a body of water nearby. Whether it’s a lake, river or ocean, you can enjoy paddling.
Sure it takes some balance to do but once you get your feet under you it can be as easy or hard as you would like to make it.
The best part is that typically you can find places to rent a stand up paddleboard, paddle and life vest so you can test it out before you dive into the deep end and get your own gear. Some locations even offer lessons for first-timers to help you get a handle of the basics before venturing out on your own.
Once you are hooked and convinced you need your own board and accessories the costs can vary but that is what Paddle Heaven is for...
To help you navigate the clutter and find the best stand up paddle board for you and anything else you might need to enjoy this amazing water activity to its fullest.
What are Different Types of Stand Up Paddle Boarding Activities?
There are plenty of options when it comes to having fun on your board. Below are five of our favorites that we wanted to highlight for you...
SUP Touring which uses a board that has a front end similar to the bottom of a canoe for moving through the water with ease.
SUP Fishing is gaining in popularity for those fisherman that want to enjoy the sport without having to pull a boat behind your vehicle. Just get a fishing appropriate paddle board, go to your favorite fishing hole and cast away!
SUP Yoga and fitness is a great way to get in shape on the water. There are stand up paddleboards that are bigger to accommodate these types of activities. SUP Yoga classes are popping up all over the world as more and more people are discovering the physical and mental health benefits of fitness on the water.
SUP Racing is for us competitive types that really want a challenge and have a need for speed. If you like endurance sports and want to test your abilities then keep an eye out for SUP races near you. Or better yet plan a vacation to a scenic spot that is hosting an event!
The fifth type is what I like to call SUP Chillin’ where your sole purpose is to get outside, enjoy the sun on your skin (unless you live in the Great Northwest – sorry Seattle) and just mellow paddle through the water letting your worries drift away.
The best part is that most likely you can find the ideal stand up paddleboard that will let you enjoy not just one but almost all of these activities.
Also, don’t forget that most kids love the water too so getting them involved in your SUP’ing activities makes for a great family outing.
For the dog lovers out there you can enjoy some SUP chillin’ with your best friend as long as you choose the right board to accommodate the two or three or four of you!
What Kind of Stand Up Paddle Boards are Available?
In simple terms we will label the two versions – hard and soft. Most stand up paddle boards will range from 9ft to 14ft depending on what activity you are aiming for.
Hard paddle boards are similar to surf boards and will most likely be made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. The prices will vary depending on the materials used but these versions will be sturdy and should last you a long time.
They do have two major trade offs to be aware of...
They will weigh more than a soft or inflatable stand up paddleboard and because of their length you will need to figure out a way to get yours from point A to point B.
There are roof mounts available for most vehicles just keep in mind the added expense of going that route.
Inflatable stand up paddle boards - or iSUP’s - were created as a way to make the activity not only accessible to more people but actually to make it easier to travel with your own gear.
iSUP’s when deflated can be rolled up into a backpack made to hold this type of standup paddleboard making them easy to throw in the trunk of your car or even take along with you on vacation.
Most iSUP manufacturers include a backpack, pump and adjustable paddle in their packages. This makes inflatable standup paddle boards an indeal choice for beginners.
What Other Paddling Gear Do I Need?
Besides a board and paddle the next absolute necessity is a personal flotation device – i.e. life preserver. Safety is priorty #1 so we don’t want you to go out on the water unless you have your personal flotation device (pfd) and are comfortable swimming.
The water depths will vary depending on where you are paddle boarding so you need to be aware of your limitations in the water so you can be fully prepared and SAFE!
We cover everything you need to know about what to wear stand up paddle boarding and more here...
If your board didn’t include a leash then you will definitely want to invest in one. The worst scenario possible would be to fall off your board, you going in one direction, it going the opposite way and you aren’t able to recover it...Yikes!
A leash, no not the kind you use with your dog but kind of similar, attaches the end of your stand up paddleboard to your ankle. They are stretchy and come in different lengths but are necessary if you don’t want to lose your board in the water.
Next you will want to have a dry bag or at the very least a waterproof case for your phone so you can snap pics while you are paddling.
Dry bags come in various sizes to allow you bring everything from a phone and camera to even shoes, extra clothes, towels and more. A good size to start with would be either a 10L or 20L dry bag which you can pick up for around $20.
The last thing you want is to have soaking wet personal items when your day on the water is done.
Phone specific dry bags or cases even allow you to take pictures, record video or even text your friends so you can show off how much fun you are having without the need to remove your phone from the case.
Depending on where you live and what you will or won’t be wearing while cruising the waterways you will want to make sure to apply sufficient sunscreen and even take some along with you.
Remember, safety first, and taking care of your skin is just as important as using that flotation device!
Wrapping It SUP...
Now that you know the basics of stand up paddle boarding and you are ready to find the nearest body of water to paddle in browse around our site to learn about the best stand up paddle boards and the top stand up paddle board gear you can choose whether it’s your first or 100th time getting your paddle on!
Thank you for visiting Paddle Heaven and we hope to see you again soon!