Stand Up Paddleboarding — popular new sport

1 08 2010

            When I first heard about paddleboarding I saw Jennifer Aniston doing it in a magazine and thought, “Hmm … must be pretty good exercise because she is pretty fit.” Turns out it really is…

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a sport that has recently migrated to the mainland from Hawaii. It is done by standing on a board which is similar to that of a surfboard, only longer and more robust, and using a long paddle to maneuver through the water. Skiers, snowboarders and other athletes enjoy paddleboarding as a cross-training activity, but the sport has also become very popular for a variety of individuals because of the immense workout it creates, working various muscles from head to foot.

              Another reason SUP has become so popular is because it can be done in virtually any body of water, from the ocean to lakes and streams. This allows the paddleboater to enjoy their workout in any setting they choose. There are a few places in Central Oregon to try out paddleboarding including Standup Paddle Flatwater in Bend. However, if you are looking for a location closer to home, The River House Outdoor Program offers cheap lessons as well!

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2 responses

18 06 2011

Are you still offering classes for Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

26 08 2011
Lalena Selander

Yes, I am curious too and I am also curious if you offer rentals for a paddleboard and paddle?

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