Suppen: what exactly is suping? Read our guide now!

stand up paddling

What is paddling? SuppenAlso known as supping or Stand Up Paddling, this is a water sport in which you find yourself standing on a SUP board propelling yourself by means of a (long) paddle. It is similar to surfing, but then you stand on a board and you use a paddle to move forward. Therefore, you do not need wind to move forward. 

Another advantage of paddling is that you use your core a lot, which helps you to strengthen it.. But above all, it is a fun activity for a hot summer day. Would you like to know more about paddling? Then read on, because on this page we will tell you all about it.

What exactly is paddling?

SUP comes from the word 'SUP', but what does SUP actually mean? SUP is literally the abbreviation for Stand Up Paddling. As you have probably already heard, it is a fun water sport that is mainly practised as a hobby. There are different forms of boarding, but we will tell you more about that later in the article.

To begin with, it is good to know that Sailing is not very difficult to learn. It is purely a matter of finding the balance and trying to make headway with an SUP paddle. You will probably have seen it before: people who SUPPING AT SEAThe people of the city, river or other water stood on a kind of surfboard with a paddle in their hands.

Where does supping come from?

Just like many other board sports, such as surfing, Suping originated on the islands of Hawaii. However, this came about by pure chance while surfing. The teachers always stood on a board with a paddle in their hand to keep near the pupils.

In this way, they were able to move around quietly, give instructions and keep an overview of the group. After a while, other people took over this form of board sports and the has become a real trend. And because it is fairly easy to learn, you see more and more people starting to get into paddling.

What do you need to start with supping?

When you want to start with SUP, you don't need much. You need a SUP board and a SUP paddle to move around on the water. But what is a SUP board? A lot of people think that SUPers are standing on a surfboard.

This is not strange, of course, as it appears so from a distance, but there are definitely differences between a SUP and a surfboard. Below we explain the main differences.

What are the differences between a SUP surfboard?

As we already mentioned, there are differences between a SUP- and a surfboard. To make it easy for you, we have listed the biggest differences below. This way you can see at a glance what is so different about a board for surfing.

  • A SUP board has other characteristic features than a surfboard;
  • A SUP board is often much lighter than a surfboard and is therefore easier to carry around;
  • SUP boards are generally more stable than a surfboardbecause they have more air volume;
  • There are inflatable SUP boards available so that transport is not a problem.

Looking at the differences, we see that a SUP board better suited for beginner surfers. In addition, these boards are available in different types and sizesdepending on your personal requirements.

Where can and may you go surfing?

You can and may sup everywhere on the water.. These include ditches, rivers, lakes, ponds and, of course, the sea. However, it may be that in some places there are warning signs It is strictly forbidden to surf. Therefore, always check the spot where you want to go surfing before you actually put your board in the water.

Would you like to go windsurfing in the Netherlands? Then you can It may be useful to buy your own SUP board. This way you can put your SUP in the water wherever it is safe. It can also be wise to choose an inflatable SUP. You can easily take it with you wherever you go, and once you are done, you can roll it back up in your bag.

How do I get started?

As you may have heard, to start paddling you need a board and a paddle. However, this can be quite expensive to start with, as it is not the cheapest equipment. That is why it is often smart to buy a board and paddle the first few times. rent a SUP board and paddle at a rental company. 

  • This way, you don't have to spend too much money and you can try out whether or not SUPing is really for you. Of course, it would be a shame if you buy a SUP and find out after the first time that you don't like it. Besides, you can always go and look for Current SUP board offers to score a good deal.

Of course, it is also possible to borrow a SUP from friends, family or acquaintances, if they own one. This way, you do not have to pay any costs at all and you can make the choice afterwards whether you want to continue or not.

Safety and preparation are essential

Especially for novice surfers SUP safety very important. It is not that stand-up paddling involves many dangers, but this does not mean that nothing can happen. That is why it is important to know in advance what you have to pay attention to when you go paddling. Below, we have put together a number of safety tips for you.

  • Are you going to be paddling on big or flowing water? Then go never alone;
  • It is wise to go with someone else in case something happens;
  • If you do go alone? Then let people know where you are going;
  • Check the weather forecast in advance and do not go out if there is a thunderstorm, for example;
  • Plot a route in advance;
  • Never go near large ships;
  • You may want to use a leash (cord on your foot) when going on rough water to prevent your board from drifting too far;
  • Use equipment that is appropriate for the activity you are doing, such as clothing suitable for SUP and possibly a life jacket.

Follow these tips to make sure you are well prepared and safe when you go surfing.

Different forms of supping

Stand-up paddling on a surfboard (supping) is often practised as a hobby. But did you know that there are also different forms of paddling? Suping appeals to many different people within the water sports, including surfers, canoeists and kayakers.

This is mainly because Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a combination of these water sports. However, there are many different variants of this sport/hobby. Below, we briefly discuss a number of them.

SUP Surfing

SUP Surfingalso called wave surfing is a variant of Stand Up Paddling often practised by surfers. The idea behind this variant of paddling is the same as with surfing. You try to surf waves with the board, but you have a paddle in your hand.

The advantage of this is that you can reach the wave faster with the paddle and you have a better overview. This allows you to see over the sea better and spot waves sooner. A perfect variant for surfers who want to try out a different way of surfing waves..

Long Distance Paddling

Long Distance Paddling is the covering long distances on a SUP board. It is not only great fun, but also good for your body. You train your leg, core, arm, shoulder and back muscles at the same time..

Because of this, this variant of supping is often compared to a long endurance run. A big advantage here is that you are usually in it longer than you think, because it is a fun activity. Therefore, long-distance paddling is a good, and above all fun, replacement for a full body work-out.

SUP Yoga

In addition to covering long distances on a SUP, it is also possible to an option to Performing yoga on your SUP board. This form of surfing should also be seen as a work-out and relaxation. You have to be able to keep your balance very well, which means that you work on many muscles in your body at the same time. You see this variant therefore are becoming more and more popular among suppers.

SUP Fishing

Now that we have already discussed different variants of supping that are often a combination with another sport, we can SUP Fishing do not stay away. SUP fishing is a combination of surfing and fishing, but at the same time. 

It is often possible to equip your board with a seat, so that you can sit down and cast your rod. The fish won't bite? Then you just paddle to another spot. An ideal variant for anglers who like to be on the water rather than sitting on the shore.

Need a suitable board for supping?

Maybe after reading this article, you have become interested in the world of SUP. In that case, we recommend you to give it a try. Because it is a super fun activity in which you also train your body.

However, it is handy to have your own SUP board and SUP paddle. Therefore, take a look in our web shop where we offer various types of boards and paddles. Of course you can also already look for matching clothing and accessories, so that you can be well prepared. We wish you a lot of fun while surfing!

Nicole Staartjens
Nicole Staartjens

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