April 29, 2010 //

Before there was Laird or Dan or Corran, there was Jimmy Snyder, the original river SUPer. Although he called it striding, used a double-bladed paddle and an inflatable kayak, Snyder’s technique is an eerie precursor to the technique now being developed for river standup paddling throughout the world. Check out his stylie hybrid Eskimo roll midway through the video during Moose Fest on New York’s Moose River.

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April 29, 2010 //

In the image-obsessed world of action sports, whitewater SUP has reached its most awkward teenage years, complete with pimples and unknown potential.

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April 29, 2010 //

Celebrate the modern waterman’s lifestyle at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle Hawaii: a standup paddle festival and exposition that includes a series of races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. Battle of the Paddle Hawaii invites you to be part of the exciting rebirth of the sport that began right here in Waikiki.

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April 29, 2010 //

The weather is report is calling for clear skies and warm weather for the 2nd annual Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity, in support of SurfAid International on Saturday, May 1 in Dana Point Calif. $5400 in cash prizes and a large beach expo, demos and raffle are on tap for what is expected to be a sold out crowd.

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April 29, 2010 //

It’s trips like these to the Maldives by C4 Waterman’s Todd Bradley, Brian Keaulana and Dave Parmenter that inspired Shelby Stanger’s Don’t Worry, End Happy in the debut issue of SUP magazine. Shelby recounts how she got over her fear of beefy waves. With endless, peeling sections like this, it’s easy to see how.

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April 29, 2010 //

Board tricks from the master:

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April 29, 2010 //

Standup paddling on the river ain’t easy. And standup stalwart and whitewater kayaking legend Dan Gavere likes to make it even harder by running vertical drops on his board. Here’s his take on vertical SUPing near his Hood River, Ore. Home.

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April 29, 2010 //

Venerable whitewater photographer Skip Brown turns the lens on himself during a surf session on the Potomac River near the nation’s capital.

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April 29, 2010 //

Whether it’s changing the face of whitewater kayaking or whitewater standup paddling, Corran Addison has proven he’s a man of many talents—one with a knack for explaining how things should be done. Here, the Imagine Surfboards president takes river standup paddling instruction to a new level, simultaneously providing spot-on paddling tips and shredding a wave on the Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence in Montreal.

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April 29, 2010 //

Indeed, what’s up with this new craze invading the surf scene?
Standup paddleboarding has landed like a typhoon. Depending
on who’s asking, we can blame or applaud Laird Hamilton and
Brian Keaulana for bringing the storm. Though they did introduce
the longer shaft, these two outstanding watermen are far from the
first people to use a paddle to propel a surfboard. Surfboards and
paddles have been around a long time.

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