Stand up Paddling

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Michigan's Pine RiverFor many good reasons, Stand up Paddling is the fastest growing segment of Paddle Sports. It's not quite walking on water, but you feel as empowered as if you were. A waltz like no other.

As the pictures show, stand up paddling is enjoyed with the paddler standing on a very stable paddle board and using a long lightweight paddle to propel and steer. It is an experience completely different from any other type of paddle sport.

As soon as you hop on one of our Liquid Shredder Stand-Ups, you are going to fall in love all over again.

Jake headstands on his paddle boardThe ease of paddling an SUP will surprise you, the stability will shock you, and the fun-factor will refresh you. But it is the view from up high that will convert you. Being 5 to 6 feet above the water minimizes refraction and surface reflection and allows you to see all kinds of trout, turtles, and fur-bearers as you paddle over them. Just as intriguing is having the ability to see the complexity of underwater logjams, the river bed, its shape, form, make-up and colors. It's a completely different experience with a clear view into the water you are paddling. Be forewarned, it is extremely addictive.

And it's not just for the conditioned athletes and young, tanned surfer types. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are enjoying this low-impact recreation. If a Stand Up Paddle Board sounds like too much of a challenge, rest assured it is not. The photo above speaks to how stable our SUPs are. And we were amazed at how easy they are to paddle. The long paddle gives you more reach, a longer stroke, and allows for almost effortless control.

Paddleboard the riverOther delicious upsides of the SUP are that you're not as confined as you are in other paddle craft. You can actually walk, albeit carefully, around on the board as you're going down river. You get to soak up more sun as you stand, sit, kneel, or even lay down on the board, as you enjoy your in-the-zone float downstream. These boards paddle so effortlessly and if you choose, you can spin the board around on a dime, surf any of the small waves along the way, and paddle it upstream here and there if you're looking for a good cardio push.

Procrastinate no more, spice up your life by making plans today to refresh your mind, body, and soul by joining the ranks of Michigan's Stand Up Paddlers.

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