Standup paddleboarding

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**History and Evolution of Standup Paddleboarding**:
– Paddleboarding has a rich history spanning thousands of years across continents.
– Modern standup paddleboarding originated in Hawaii in the 1900s.
– Laird Hamilton played a significant role in redefining and modernizing the sport in the 1990s.
– SUP surfing emerged as a category in the Buffalo Big Board Contest in 2004.
– Standup paddleboarding has diversified into various disciplines like racing, touring, yoga, whitewater, and fishing.

**Standup Paddleboarding Disciplines**:
– **SUP Surfing**:
– Allows participants to stand on the board and paddle out using a SUP paddle.
– Follows traditional surfing rules in the surf zone.
– Ideal for surfers with physical limitations and injuries.
– **SUP Touring**:
– Touring boards with a displacement hull offer better glide and tracking.
– Deck rigging allows for gear storage for long-distance adventures.
– Provides a deeper connection with nature and is popular for inland adventures.
– **SUP Yoga**:
– Practiced on calm waters like lakes and bays for a unique yoga experience.
– Inflatable SUP boards with specific features are recommended.
– Features wider, non-slippery surfaces and paddle holders for stability during yoga sessions.
– **SUP Fishing**:
– Offers anglers a portable and low-cost fishing alternative with enhanced access and stealth in shallow waters.
– Some SUPs are designed for mounting engines, creating a hybrid fishing vessel.

**Standup Paddleboarding Equipment**:
– **Paddle**:
– Components include blade, shaft, and handle, with material options like plastic, aluminum, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and wood.
– Recommended height is 8-15 inches taller than the user for efficient paddling.
– **Leash**:
– Attaches the user to the board for safety, with coiled and straight types available.
– SUP-specific leashes are recommended for different environments, with breakaway style leashes for river use.
– **Additional Safety Equipment**:
– Includes PFD, whistle, light, and sun protection for daytime paddling.
– Leash is recommended for safety in all paddling environments.

**Safety Regulations and Compliance**:
– **United States**:
– PFD regulations vary by water type, with SUPs classified as vessels by the US Coast Guard.
– Specific regulations exist in areas like Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach, with seasonal enforcement in high-tourism areas.
– **United Kingdom**:
– No PFD regulations in surf, but localized regulations in flat water environments.
– PFDs may be required in teaching environments, with leashes recommended in all paddling environments.

**Popularity and Participation in Standup Paddleboarding**:
– Standup paddleboarding was the most popular outdoor activity for first-time participants.
– In 2014, 2.8 million Americans participated in standup paddleboarding, with teenagers aged 14-17 showing the highest participation rate.
– Ages 25-44 comprised the highest percentage of overall participants, with males dominating the teenage demographic.

Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a water sport born from surfing with modern roots in Hawaii. Standup paddleboarders stand on boards that are floating on the water and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. The sport was documented in a 2013 report that identified it as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States that year. Variations include flat water paddling, racing, surfing, whitewater SUP, yoga, and fishing.

Standup paddleboarding in light surf
Standup paddle boarding in Lake Annecy
Kai Lenny, World Cup Sylt 2009
Professional windsurfing veteran Jürgen Hönscheid riding a wave in Hawaii
Professional use: Two lifeguards of the German DLRG patrolling a public bathing area of a lake on stand-up paddleboards in Munich
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