One sport that is quickly gaining popularity here in Maine takes place on a stand up paddleboard, a.k.a. a SUP. It’s hard to visit any of the major beaches in the summer without seeing a flock of paddleboard surfers. Though the roots of standup paddling are uncertain, it was popularized in the 1960s when Hawaiian surfing instructors, known as the Beach Boys of Waikiki began using the technique as a way to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.
Standup paddling is largely popular not only because of the ease with which beginners are able to learn, but because of the exceptional visibility of the marine life and surrounding water surface that it offers. Standup paddling, unlike surfing, does not require the presence of a wave, so any large body of water is suitable for practicing this sport. This quality is especially nice for those who prefer to paddle on tamer waters—or for beginners who might be hesitant to start out on the ocean. Women in particular might want to try their hand at standup paddling since females’ lower center of gravity gives them an advantage in balancing and maneuvering through the water. This sport isn’t only fun, however; it is an excellent workout that utilizes and strengthens the core muscles and enhances overall balance.
Whether you are planning on kayaking or going standup paddling in Maine, the wealth of resources available to you throughout this state are unbeatable. Summer was made for water sports, and with some of the most beautiful beaches and seascapes in the nation, why not choose Maine as your next vacation destination?