Outer Banks Gaining Notoriety for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Outer Banks Gaining Notoriety for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

SUP Outer BanksThe Outer Banks was recently featured in StandUp Paddle Magazine, a publication that focuses on Stand Up Paddle Boarding. 

All of the conditions that make the Outer Banks a classic surf destination, friendly locals, uncrowded breaks (most of the year), consistent surf in a variety of conditions, and potential for amazing waves under perfect conditions, also apply to Stand Up Paddle Boarding (aka SUP).

From a broad perspective, SUP is pretty much longboarding while holding a large paddle, but there's more than meets the eye.  SUP is a fantastic full body workout that focuses on "core" muscles, and you don't need waves to enjoy a paddle and a workout....although it is much more fun (and challenging) with waves.  SUP can be fun and physically challenging on flat water as well as in hefty waves. 

SUP also allows experienced paddlers to catch waves earlier than traditional surfers, giving the advantage of a longer ride.  SUP boards are long, usually 10 foot plus, and the paddle allows you to pick up speed faster than paddling with your arms like traditional surfers, both aspects that help catch waves early. 

The OBX offers ideal SUP conditions.  There is plenty of great scenary around the Sound to enjoy an interesting paddle, which is a great way to learn the sport and gain experience.  And there is 200 miles of coast that offers the potential to enjoy great waves. 


November 10, 2009 Posted by seasidevacations | OBX Information, Outer Banks Accolades, surfing, to do | , , , , , , , | No Comments Yet

Comments (2)

Suzy Morris
The Morris Team - Carlsbad, CA

We see a lot more stand up boards here in San Diego every year.  It looks like fun, have you tried it yet?

Nov 18, 2009 12:58 AM
Seaside Vacations

Hi Suzy,

I haven't made the switch from surfing to SUP, but it's on my to do list.  It's amazing how much the sport as grown over the past couple years. 

Nov 18, 2009 01:03 AM