SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding is becoming one of the most popular Paddle Sports around and it is a fantastic way to get your exercise. The only equipment that you need is a board, a paddle and a personal flotation device to get out on the water and all of these can be found at your local Paddle Board Retailers. The main question that you will face is whether to go to the lake, river or ocean. Granted, a lot of that depends on which one is closest to you. If you are close to all three types then you will need to know what sets each body of water apart from a SUP standpoint.
Lakes are great for people that are new to Stand Up Paddle Boarding or just want to check out the wildlife. It is by far the most laid back environment of the three. You can go to the shallow spots near the shore or dock to get the hang of climbing onto your board. You will fall off a lot in the beginning so it is nice to have a quiet place and still water to get the hang of it. Once you are up on your board, you will be amazed at the distance that you can cover while Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Another nice thing about SUP is that you make almost no noise, so you can slip up on wildlife that would normally have heard you long ago and ran for the hills. Many people bring their camera for just that reason but you had better be confident in your balance or the camera had better be water proof.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in a river ups the ante a bit. Now you start to get a workout because you will have to hold your own against the current at all times. You will also have to be aware of things like rocks, sticks, people and rapids so that you will have time to maneuver safely around them.
The ocean is like an advanced course for SUP. That is one of the reasons that Destin Paddle Boarding is a popular destination for anyone that loves Paddle Sports. You are constantly challenged while boarding in the ocean. You have to be aware of boats and larger ships as well as surfers and swimmers. There is a very strict etiquette in place for what you should do in some of the popular surfing areas and disregarding it can make you unpopular very quickly. The hardest part of paddle boarding in the ocean is of course the waves but you can get into very good shape fighting against the waves and have fun doing it. Visit your local paddleboard retailer for assistance on equipment rentals or purchases.