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New Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Category

Posted by on June 5, 2013

This may seem slightly ironic to those readers who recall my comments about Stand Up Paddle Boarding in my post entitled “Five Predictions for Paddle Sport in 2013.”  I believe that I referred to SUP in the Northeast as a “passing fad” that would “fade like yoyos and pogs did in the 90s.” Ouch…


I’ve given SUP a closer look this spring and I’ll be the first to admit that my predictions may have been a little too bold. It seems that SUP is alive this season and is here to stay in New England (at least for now). This inspired us to add a few more boards to the rental fleet and I’ve since been tasked to develop a SUP instructional program down at the shop. More than a few teachers have reminded me that the best way to reinforce new learning is to teach it to others. This is the goal of this new SUP category and I hope that you enjoy the ride as I expand my paddling horizons this summer!

Happy Paddling!

-SUP Dave


3 Responses to New Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Category

  1. Karen

    Are SUP users required by MA state law to wear or carry lifejackets and to display an orange flag in navigable waters (e.g., on a river where motorized boats are also present)?

    • Kayak Dave

      Hi Karen!

      I’ve heard through the grapevine that legislators and the USCG are working to classify SUP boards as “watercraft”. This means that SUP paddlers will be required to abide by life jacket and navigation laws like any other paddled watercraft.

      I would suggest wearing a PFD while on a SUP for your general safety. The fact is that SUPers are always at risk of taking a fall from their board. Hitting your head on the board from a height of 5 feet could result in a serious injury and wearing your life jacket could literally save your life in this situation. I understand that wearing life jackets may not be sexy but it is certainly pragmatic while paddling a SUP!

      Safe Paddling!

      -Kayak Dave

      • Karen

        Thank you. You make valid points. I was wondering about the requirement for wearing lifejackets will doing SUP Yoga. Wearing a jacket under those circumstances is quite restrictive to the practice.

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