What is SUP? It’s all the rage! SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle (boarding). I got to try it and it’s a blast! You can do it on flat water or whitewater. All you need is a board (rent one to start off), paddle (Bending Branches makes a great one here), PFD, and a helmet (for whitewater).
When I asked a few SUP experts (and by expert I mean SUP’in in the Grand Canyon) about rules, they were quick to say there are no rules! Just relax and have fun, it’s easy and civilized.
Paddle strokes, squaring up to waves, reading the water; that will all come with practice. Flatwater is a good place to start. Figure out your center of gravity, face foward and when you feel comfortable head out to find some waves.