Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he'e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint. This increased visibility of what was going on around them such as incoming swell.
Laird Hamilton, arguably one of the greatest big wave surfers of all time and widely considered one of founders of modern day SUP (along with Master Paddler Dave Kalama), started stand up paddling out of a desire to get a work out on the water when the waves were really small and to be able to ride tandem on a big board with his daughter. Early paddles involved cutting one of the blades off of a kayak paddle.
Things have quickly evolved from there. These days, you can see people from all over the world paddling on flat water, riding rapids, catching waves, participating in races and long distance endurance events...... even doing yoga on the boards!
SUP is the fastest growing water sport in the world and it shows no sign of slowing down. It's appealing because it is easy to learn, relatively inexpensive, easy to transport, a great workout and a wonderful way to explore and be in nature.
It can be whatever you want it to be!
Let Cape Cod Paddle Surf take you to the Cape's beautiful waterways and beaches. Whether you are a first timer, want to learn advanced paddling and racing techniques, desire a guided tour or prefer to rent a board and do your own thing, Cape Cod Paddle Surf is at your service!