Founded in 2009 Sup Portugal is dedicated entirely to this new sport that slowly invades the beaches of Portugal, this new sport is accessible from 10 to 70 years. We are located in Lisbon Portugal, for more information please do not hesitate into contact us.
So, why learn with a SUP school? We believe that our qualifications, skills, knowledge and passion are the perfect combination for teaching Stand Up Paddle surf. Our SUP baptism of 2 hour lesson takes you through every aspect of SUP, from understanding the difference in equipment to safety information and the highly important paddle technique.
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Stand up paddle surfing (SUP), or in the the Hawaiian languageHoe he’e nalu, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and reemerged as a way for surfing instructors to manage their large groups of students, as standing on the board gave them a higher viewpoint, increasing visibility of what was going on around them – such as incoming swell. To begin with, this started with using a one-bladed paddle, whilst standing on a normal length surfboard. The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origination in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing”, another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, originates.
The sport benefits athletes with a strong ‘core’ workout. SUP’ing is popular at warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity as celebrities are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes are training with SUP. SUPs have been spotted around the globe, anywhere where there is easy access to safe waters, as well as in the surfing lineups of the world.
The first “modern” surfer to bring Stand Up Paddle Surfing out of Hawaii and on to mainland USA was Vietnam veteran, Rick Thomas. In 2000, Rick – on a 11ft Muñoz board, and with a Leleo Kinimaka paddle – introduced California to the new sport..
Surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport. Stand up paddle boarding offers surfers the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.