Paddleboarding Takes Off in Northeast

Kay Lenny, stand-up paddle surfing, Windsurf World Cup 2009, photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

An article on Seacoast Online describes the hot new trend in stand-up paddleboarding:

SUP is a water sport from Hawaii that exploded in popularity along the New Hampshire coast this summer. “It’s different and new, and you can do it when there are no waves.”

With those words, Brian Warner, 12, an avid surfer who spends summers at Hampton Beach with his family, explains why he is interested in the stand-up way to get out on the water. Brian is one of many people this past season who has taken advantage of a free SUP demo on the ocean across the street from Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop in Hampton Beach.

On a recent Friday evening, Brian and his dad, Eric, stopped by to try a couple of SUP boards in the calm cove at the far north end of North Beach.

The boards themselves are “super-stable picnic tables,” explained Kyle Linseman, an employee from Cinnamon Rainbows who has presented many demos this summer with boards from the shop.

SUP novices begin on their knees to get a sense of balance and paddle use, then stand up in the middle of the board with legs shoulder-length apart and toes pointing forward rather than in a classic sideways surf stance. Paddling is accomplished with long, smooth strokes.

“It can be a workout depending how hard you paddle, but it’s also meditative,” said Linseman. “It’s perfect for here in the summer, where we don’t get many big waves.”

Dave Cropper, owner of Cinnamon Rainbows, said the shop has been offering SUP boards for three years, but sales really took off this summer.
“It’s a great fitness sport, impact free, and a great core workout. I can’t say enough good about it,” said Cropper.

SUP boards retail from $799 to about $2,000. The surf shop does not rent boards at this time, but does offer private tours for $35 per person, including gear, instruction and an hour and a half paddle at your own pace through September.

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Video: Honolua Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge, 2007

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi-xncYFMrM

Honolua surf Co S.U.P Challenge, First ever stand up paddle board event in Australia