Stand-up paddleboarding, which can be traced to Hawaii where it orginated as a form of surfing, is growing in popularity around the world, including the Massachusetts coast.
Pictured: Paddleboarders on Duxbury Bay enjoying Duxbury Bay Maritime School's SUP program. Next
The sport emerged in the 1960s when surf instructors would stand on their boards to take photographs. Surfers would use the technique to paddle further and catch waves in a set, due to a better view. Next
Paddleboarding is open to all levels, ages, and intensity. Duxbury Bay Maritime School offers sunrise and sunset classes, group and private lessons, as well as SUP yoga, SUP fitness, and SUP racing. Next
Plum Island Kayak paddleboarding guide Jim Conway, top, and Sam Taylor, navigate the choppy waters. Some paddleboarders prefer sleeker, calmer waters.
“Where there is water, there is an opportunity to SUP,” said Ken Taylor, the owner. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s not just for a certain group of people, like surfers, but it’s open to anyone of any ability and you can make it as hard or easy as you want.” Next
Since Little Harbor Boathouse in Marblehead added a fleet of SUPs, paddleboard rentals have surpassed kayak rentals (the same pattern Plum Island Kayak has seen).
“There is a fitness component that just isn’t there with kayaking,” owner Maryellen Auger said. “Kayaking is a workout, but stand-up paddleboarding is just different. It’s also tremendously social. It’s like going for a long walk with a friend and having a good conversation, except you’re walking on water now.” Back to the beginning
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below