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SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding
Jupiter, FL

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GET Up!  STAND Up!

FISH | KAYAK | CANOE | PADDLE BOARD | SURF | DIVE | SWIM | WAKE BOARD | TUBE | SNORKEL |
KITE SURF | WATER SKI | KNEE BOARD | WAKE SURF | BIKE | HIKE
 

 Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing 

 

 

 

 

 

 SUP Board in the Surf



Local SUP Events:

  MeetUp - SUP - Standup Paddle Boarding Events 

 

The Jupiter area hosts some of the best (SUP) Stand-Up Paddle board waters around. There are numerous outfitters and water sports shops that offer paddle board demos, lessons, rentals, a variety of eco-tours. If you're new to the sport, then lessons are highly recommended in order to minimize fatigue, ensure proper technique, and for general knowledge regarding paddle board styles, paddle types, accessories, and overall safety on the water. Be sure to scroll down below to see some of our SUP videos!

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Standup paddle boarding is both good fun and great exercise; the combination of balance and paddling strengthens your body's core.  The benefit of a strong core muscle group is less back problems, and of course to look good at the beach!

Want to learn more about how to SUP? Check out some of the books and videos below. They describe best practices, how to stand-up paddle board on any type of water, from calm lakes and bays, to the ocean. Want to learn how to SUP-Surf? Take your SUP fun to the next level!

 

There are several paddle board designs to consider when beginning the sport:

  • Short board, SUP wave surfer (8' - 10') - shorter boards are more maneuverable for cutting back and forth on waves; they are also better for smaller individuals and children. Most wave boards have at least 3 fins; one large center fin, and two small thruster (side fins) which provide more maneuverability in the waves. When using your SUP in the surf, be sure to purchase an ankle or knee leash to keep the board connected to you at all times.
  • Long board, single-rider (10.5' - 12') - these are best for calm-water to even light-to-medium choppy waters.  The extra length adds to the stability, and helps to track straight across large bodies of water. They also provide room for the picnic basket and/or cooler. These boards vary in width and thickness (volume); be sure to work with your local SUP shop to demo and/or buy a board that is suitable for your weight and experience level.
  • Tandem board (12' - 14') - this is basically a long board with extra length and width to accommodate two adults.  Great fun because you can take a friend without having to own two paddle boards.  Also good for larger individuals or a paddler looking to take a heavy load. These boards are not as popular due to their size and weight.
  • Touring board (12' - 14') - this design is a hybrid or cross-breed that usually incorporates features of a kayak with the stand-up design of a paddle board. Great for speed and longer distance paddles, where you need to take some extra gear. Usually has bungee tie-down systems on the front or back to contain your supplies. These boards have thicker (higher volume) hulls so they float higher in the water. In addition, most of these hybrid, or touring boards are designed to be fast and track straight, so they have a sharper nose (bow) in order to cut through the water and choppy waves.
  • Race board - (12' - 16') - Race boards are growing in popularity as paddlers want to take their SUP sport to the next level. Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world and we have seen explosive growth in SUP racing along with other competive SUP events. Race boards are very light (and fragile) compared with other paddle boards. They are also more expensive due to the high-tech composite materials that are used in the construction process. They generally have a sharp nose, single fin, narrow width, and more volume for extra glide. Race boards are also great for cardio and endurance paddling! 

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Have you paddled your SUP
 down the Loxahatchee River?

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) on the Loxahatchee River

 Photo © LoxahatcheeRiver.net
 


StandUp Paddleboard News:

We've been asked if a PFD (Personal Flotation Device, aka: life jacket) is required when using a StandUp Paddleboard (aka: SUP) in Florida waters. Basically, if using the SUP outside the surf zone, or swim area, then you are 'supposed to' carry a PFD & whistle, along with a flashlight if out after dark. We found this article very helpful: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/stand-up-paddleboards-classified-as-vessels-by-us-coast-guard-surf-zone-not-affected-stand-up-and-be-counted_19530/


Fish and Wildlife Commission begins enforcement of paddleboard (SUP) Life Jacket/PFD law:

http://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/paddleboard/

Comments: The PFD law for SUP's has been in place for a while. You don't need the PFD if you're paddling in a swimming or surfing area (like at the beach). You only need to carry a PFD if you're paddling in navigable waterways like the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW), Inlets, Rivers, or large lakes, away from designated swimming areas. If you wear an ankle for knee leash that attaches you to the paddle board, that should be sufficient in swimming areas. They are starting to enforce the law (as this article states). You don't have to actually wear the PFD, and you have two options: attach bungee tie-down straps on the nose of your Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) and then store the PFD under the bungee tie-down straps (see video below on how to attach a bungee system to your SUP). You can also attach a small plastic whistle to the PFD to be in total compliance with the law. You only need to carry a light (like a head-lamp) if paddling at night. The second option, is to purchase a "fanny pack" style PFD that manually inflates when you pull a handle. These are very small and compact; they can be worn around the waist. They can be found at online (below), or in most SUP shops in the area.

 

West Marine Inshore Manual Inflatable Belt Pack

West Marine Inshore Manual Inflatable Belt Pack

West Marine Inshore Manual Inflatable Belt Pack . Featuring a low-profile design for ultimate comfort and mobility; this waist-worn PFD provides safety and peace of mind for recreational boaters; flat-water paddlers; stand-up paddleboarders and anglers. Features include a durable 200 denier nylon outer shell and reflective graphics for increased visibility. Inflation is accomplished via a jerk to inflate handle. Because it must be manually placed around the head after inflation; it is recommended for accomplished adult swimmers only. Includes backup oral inflation tube and one arming cylinder. USCG Type: Type V with Type III performance Buoyancy: 25.5lb. Activation Method: Manual Inflator Type: Halkey-Roberts 840 Shroud/Pouch Material: 200 denier nylon oxford; Polyurethane-coated nylon bladder Closure: 1'' webbing with Delrin buckle Waist Size: 24''-52'' Chest Size: 30''-52'' Service Interval: Two years




 
Paddleboarding May Have Healing Powers: 

Paddleboard (SUP) Fishing in the Loxahatchee River: 


Sailfish Caught from a SUP (Stand Up Paddle board)!
http://www.floridasportsman.com/2012/10/11/sailfish-caught-from-paddleboard/

   


 SUP Instructional Videos:


How to SUP:



Work on your forward SUP Stroke (segment-1):
 


Work on your forward SUP Stroke (segment-2):
 


Work on your forward SUP Stroke (segment-3):
 


Work on your forward SUP Stroke (segment-4):
 

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SUP Action in Jupiter, FL:


Swell Info / Swell Forecast: 



Go to Swellinfo.com for free local Surf Forecasts, Surf Reports and more.


More SUP Tutorials & Tech Tips

How to Install a SUP Deck Mount Bungee System:

Install a bungee system to hold your shoes, life jacket, drybag, etc while paddling!

You can purchase the four deck mount "stick on" plugs at any local SUP shop. Some even sell a complete kit just for this purpose. We recommend using about 10' of 3/16" bungee cord which may be found at your local marine store if the SUP shop does not stock bungee cord. Space out the 4 deck mounts evenly; measure an equal distance on each side to center the plugs on the deck of yuur SUP. You should space the plugs about 15-16" apart. Mark an equal distance between each deck mount and diagonally between the deck plugs so the square "X" pattern will look uniform. Once the plugs are adhered to the SUP deck, they are extremely difficult to remove, so measure twice, and mark all 4 locations on the deck of your SUP with a pencil. Follow the manufacturers' instructions to clean the area before you install the plugs. The bungee can be secured snug with a knot at each end.

PFD secured to Stand-Up Paddle Board using a bungee tie-down system.
Bungee tie-down on LoxahatcheeRiver.net© SUP



Random SUP Photos:

 

Jupiter Paddle Boarding - Indian River Lagoon
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding - Indian River Lagoon


Florida Beach Warning Flags

 

 Florida's Designated Paddling Trails:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/paddle.htm


 

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