The History of Stand-Up Paddling

Peruvian fishermen already stood upright in their reed boats a long, long time ago and propelled themselves with a bamboo stick. It has also been said that they would ride out into the waves in the boats after completing their works.

The Polynesians also stood in their canoes very early and would ride out to sea like this to fish.[singlepic id=931 w=300 h=200  float=left]

During the 20th century the Hawaiian Duke Khanamoku used a paddle on his surfboard for the first time while standing up.

In the 60s, the Waikiki Beach Boys started standing on their boards on days without waves and moved by paddling. They figured out very quickly that they could observe their students much better this way. They could see the waves much earlier and could even start taking pictures.

The renaissance of stand-up paddling took place in the summer of 2000 thanks to the surf legends, Robby Naish, Laird Hamilton, or David Kalama. They began experimenting with over-sized surfboards and a paddle in their hands. They quickly came to the conclusion that it was not just a lot of fun, but also an excellent whole body workout. To stay fit, they would hop on their SUP-boards all the time and tried out new things. This all came to a culmination when they noticed that the paddle could be best used to get to the waves faster. Soon afterwards, the first races started, and the new trend sport, stand-up paddling, was born.[singlepic id=938w=300 h=200  float=left]

Three years ago, the sport made the leap over the pond from the USA to Europe. After the surfing boom of the 1980s, it has become the fastest-growing sport. There are enthusiastic fans of all ages and continues to grow every day.

So grab your board…

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