Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is a sport that everyone can enjoy, regardless of your age, ability or size. The perfect whole body and core workout, SUP or “walking on water” is the most peaceful way to get out and experience nature while you’re exercising. It improves balance and co-ordination, strength and endurance, is stress-reducing, invigorating, and invites adventure and exploration…
SUP has already morphed into three sub-disciplines, each having it’s own distinctive paddle and board design. But perhaps the most fulfilling is the one that inspires serenity. Distant but still close to land; absorbed in how the waves work with the board and the board with the waves; utterly lost in one’s thoughts. Brief moments like these are… well… you know, priceless.
Whether you’re surfing 15ft waves or gliding on glassy lakes, SUP leaves you feeling balanced, energized, and stoked to be alive. You train your entire body; core, legs, arms, back, and brain, plus SUP is low impact and therefore good for your joints. It improves your core stability, prevents pain and promotes good posture. Say goodbye to your love handles: SUP tones, shapes and builds muscle, burns fat and gives you a fantastic shape faster than anything.
Not just for fitness, SUP also has a meditative, calming effect. The sound of the water rippling under you board or the waves crashing around you, the rhythm of the paddle stroke… you are totally immersed in the present, focused, calm. You feel humbled by your insignificance in relation to the ocean. Aware of the wind and the rain, the temperature, the currents, and the sun on your face, you are at one with the planet.
Join the Paddle For Hope SUP Festival in Auckland Viaduct, Sat 2 Nov, to help women recovering from breast cancer. With live music, entertainment, yoga, stand up paddle racing and a charity auction, this iconic pink event will be fun for the whole family, and everyone who takes part is in to win a dream holiday in Hawaii!Read more
Ooh la la, the annual French Bay Paddlers event has a unique hook this year! "Amaner une fille" or "bring a girl" means it's time to introduce a female friend, sister or Mum to paddling and bring her along for a fun friendly afternoon in idyllic French Bay. Coffee and pastries, SUP demos and an intro to racing. Boards available for first-timers.Read more
The final race of the Akarana Winter Series is coming up on Tuesday 17 September 2013. Come and join in the fun, try out the novice course or open race, wear something blue and help raise awareness for Prostate Cancer. End of season prizegiving BBQ at Royal Akarana Yacht Club from 6pm.Read more