Other River Adventures: SUP Explained
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Other River Adventures: SUP Explained

Any day on the river is a good day. Whether you are rafting or kayaking paddling is a great way to spend time with friends. However, over the years various other paddling sports have emerged to give water enthusiasts a new way to cruise around, stand up paddleboarding being one of them.


Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, originated in Hawaii as a subsection of surfing. SUP boards are typically longer than 9ft, but can be more than 12ft. These bigger boards typically have a softer deck and concave hulls. Additionally, when compared to a surfboard, SUP boards have only one fin to keep the board on track, while surfboards have several.


Due to their construction SUPs allow paddlers to venture farther into open water. SUP paddlers can race on lakes, rivers, ride breaking waves, and travel long distances. When paddling on a SUP boards, one can either kneel, or stand, depending on comfort and preference. The versatile nature of the sport has aided in its growing popularity. Today, there are even competitions worldwide that focus just on paddling!

Stand up paddleboarding

SUP allows paddlers a variety of experiences. If looking to chase down breaking waves, or cruise down a river, a SUP board is for you. Come see what all the hype is about and come venture on a SUP board with AVA this Summer!


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