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Stand up paddle boarding (or SUP) joined the French Surfing Federation in 2009, following all the excitement that surrounded the sport.

This sport was born in Hawaii in the 1960s.  SUP, once reserved for professional athletes in the quest of thrills, is now a board sport that is open to all.

Stand up paddle boarding can be practiced in the sea, in rivers (in white water), and more generally in lakes (in still water).

A difficult activity?

You may find yourself in the water shortly after getting to your feet on the board.  We are not all like Kelly Slater after all!  However, after a few minutes during your first outing, you will soon feel very comfortable and able to stroll on the water for hours. 

You simply need:

• A good position on the board, centred with your feet sufficiently apart. This will allow you to control your board and play with your balance.

• To have a suitably sized paddle and to hold it correctly (at the top of the paddle). The ideal size paddle is one that should reach your chin.

• Adopt a good attitude.  You will go in the direction that you are facing.  With this in mind, if you want to go straight forward, hold your body up (stay as straight as possible) and look straight ahead.  If you want to turn, begin by looking in the direction that you want to head.

The paddling technique is a little bit special.  If you made the choice to take a lesson, your instructor will quickly give you some advice and pointers. Otherwise, you should get the hang of this during your watery stroll.

A great buzz is guaranteed.   Undeniably, you will have a point of view (at head-height) that is very different than that of only having your head just out of the water.  Believe me, you’re going to want to go further each time.  Since it’s a board-sport, you’ll be able to feel a sense of speed.

For the more adventurous and experienced, we advise that you make a trip down a river or on the sea. Individually or in groups, it is good to exceed your own expectations.

That is all that needs to be said.  It’s now your turn!

   

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