You might’ve heard by now, but stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is all the rage. Why? Let us fill you in.
With the health and fitness industry booming, there seems to be a plethora of new ways to get active popping up by the minute, but the question is: Are they all a legit workout and fun? Well, SUP has both fronts covered. Looking for an ab-and-arm chiseling workout? SUP. Looking for something to do with the family? SUP. Need an idea for a (seriously) memorable first date? SUP. Interested in a peaceful experience to reflect on nature’s beauty? SUP.
“SUP has really grown over the past few years as its gotten a lot more accessible,” says Corey Farrell, Marketing Manager for Sperry Top-Sider, “More communities are offering rental, training, and even yoga programs that appeal to people looking for a great workout while trying something new and unique.” It’s an awesome way to take in the outdoors, and create a new experience, all while sneaking in a workout at the same time. But don’t be fooled by those perfectly filtered Insta pics that make this activity look easy, while this is a “relaxing” sport at times, consider it more of a mental break from the hustle, than a physical one, “Your core and shoulders tend to get the most work,” says Farrell.
If you’re looking to gear up, the boards themselves are a bit of an investment, but the clothing you wear while on the water is quite simple (and perhaps already in your wardrobe). For newbies, sporting a bathing suit, board shorts, and a workout tank is a great start, especially since you might end up in the water while trying to find your balance on the board. If you’re hooked and looking to treat yourself to a few SUP-specific pieces, opt for quick drying, water resistant apparel (bonus if it has SPF/UPF!), and a sleek pair of water shoes like the versatile Sperry H20 Escape’s. “These were designed with the multi water sport athlete in mind,” says Farrell, “they’re perfect for kayaking, sailing and SUP in particular because of the grip and fast drainage.”
Wherever you are in your experience level, SUP offers an opportunity to create a new experience, perhaps find a new hobby, have some laughs, and gain a few sore muscles. Needless to say, this fitness trend is so hot, we highly suggest you jump on board – literally.
You’ll likely want to get on your board barefoot but these water shoes are great for traveling to and from the beach or pier. The added traction will keep your footing solid on slippery rocks or protect your soles from sharp stones. The Adaptive Wave-Siping technology disperses water so you’ll avoid slipping on wet or dry surfaces.
The ultimate in board shorts, they’re stylish, they repel water thanks to UA Storm Technology, are made of salt/chlorine-resistant fabric that prevents fading, and has UPF 30+ built in. What more could you ask for? Seriously.
You’ll look like a badass SUP’er in this graphic long sleeve rash guard. With UPF 40+ sun protection, 4-way stretch, and flat lock seams to prevent chafing, there’s really nothing to stop you from going the distance.
You might not think to wear compression gear to SUP but trust us, it’s worth a try. UPF 50+ offers ample sun protection while the PWX FLEX fabric features moisture management and offers maximum mobility and muscle support, which reduces overall fatigue – score.
For chicks looking to work on their tan, and show off their quads, these eye-popping beauties provide all of the things you love about board shorts (elastic waistband, moisture wicking technology, and quick drying fabric), sans the uber long inseam.