As with any new or unfamiliar sport there are always going to be questions about how it all works. We've compiled a FAQ section that hopefully will answer most of the main questions. If you can't find what you are looking for then send us an email and we will do our best to answer your questions. EMAIL
Q: What is Stand Up Paddle Surfing?
A: It's like longboard/malibu surfing except you stand up for the whole session and use a paddle to get around.
Q: Why use a paddle?
A: It means you can get around to different parts of the break quicker, explore the coast line and is just another way of propelling yourself through the water.
Q: Does it mean I can catch more waves?
A: Yes, but you should share the waves with other surf craft. Don't be greedy, surf with Aloha as they say in Hawaii.
Q: Do you have to do it in waves?
A: Nope. In Fact SUP (as it's known) is great for flat water too and is really good for all round fitness.
Q: What type of boards are available/Can I just use my Mal?
A: You will find your standard Mal too small for SUP. There are various different models of SUP boards on the market. We suggest something in the region of 11' - 12'6", which sounds big but you'll be grateful of the flotation when you try and paddle.
Boards cost in the region of £600 - £1000 depending on size and construction.
Q: What paddle do I need?
A: A one bladed paddle is what you need, ideally with a T Bar grip at the top. The paddle should be cut at a length that is roughly 7 inches taller than you. This can be easily done with a hacksaw and we will post details of how to do this very soon on the Kit page.
There are various different constructions for paddles. The best is carbon as it is the lightest and stiffest. An aluminum shafted paddle with a plastic blade is cheapest and although the paddle flexes a little it is still ok and allows you to get on the water. Rough costs are Carbon paddle - £160 - £300 Plastic paddle - £50 - £100.
Q: Can I try SUP somewhere?
A: Yes you will be able to try it at selected events this summer. Go to the EVENTS page to find out more.
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The modern Stand Up Paddle boards allow you to catch waves a lot earlier than even the longboarders. This is great but can lead to congestion problems on the water at crowded breaks. Here at Stand Up Paddle Surf UK we would like to encourage a culture of respect and sharing. Don't steal all the waves. Ride a few, then let a few pass under your board. Use your elevated position to call the sets for the other surfers. Use your paddle to head off to other peaks on the beach, which maybe you haven't ridden before. In Hawaii they call it "Surfing with Aloha." It isn't difficult to do, but it will mean that the sport grows and is respected by other water users.
If you are taking part in Stand Up Paddle surfing at the moment or are thinking about taking it up then you can see yourself as a pioneer of the sport in the UK. Don't be greedy out there - give respect to gain respect.