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!
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
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.
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.
(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!
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.
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More SUP Tutorials & Tech Tips
How to Install a SUP Deck Mount Bungee
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.
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