People Who SUP
SUP magazine caught up with five people who SUP to talk standup paddling. We asked the five everyday paddlers to share their perspective on the SUP surfing vibe in each of their areas across the country. —WT
OCCUPATION: Owner, The H2O Generation
HOMETOWN: Rockaway Beach, NY
I surf at the end of my street so I know everyone out there. There are more standup paddlers than surfers now because the waves are small. In my particular area we far outnumber the surfers and we're very respectful.
OCCUPATION: Manager, Third Coast Surf Shop; Musician
HOMETOWN: St. Joseph, MI
Being in the Midwest, SUP surfing is just starting to gain traction around here. One of the nice things about being a Great Lakes surfer is you generally don't have super-crowded lineups so there really isn't a great deal of hostility from surfers directed at the SUP surfers.
OCCUPATION: Owner, Corridor Paddle Surf Shop
HOMETOWN: Boise, ID
I'm surfing a standing wave most of the time and I don't get much of a vibe. I don't see it quite as much on the river. As the downriver aspect grows in our community we'll see a little bit of back and forth. Any stupid behavior and you're going to get a lot of people judging the whole group badly.
OCCUPATION: Employee, Blueline Surf and Paddle Co.
HOMETOWN: Jupiter, FL
What I see that's different about our scene hereis that all the top-end surfers, locals and shortboard crushers all SUP too. When you get waves you get it and you better have the best equipment for the conditions. The cool guys are doing it so it's got a cool image and not so much a kooky one.
OCCUPATION: Owner, Poseidon Paddle and Surf
HOMETOWN: Malibu, CA
Since Laird (Hamilton) started paddling Malibu so long ago we've gone through the growing pains of establishing etiquette in the water and coexisting, more so than other areas. The vibe's pretty good because paddlers know how to be respectful and the surfers have mellowed out. They've gone through the stages of accepting the sport.
This article originally ran in our Spring 2014 issue as “Word on the Water.”
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