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History and origin of Stand up Paddle SUP surfing

Stand up Paddling can be interpreted in many ways as there have been recordings of people stand up on a floating device moving forward with a paddle, dating way back… Let’s check them out chronically

tub History of Stand up Paddle

3000 BC Apparently the Peruvian fisherman paddled on their knee and stood up when they caught a wave (archaeologically evidenced from pottery shards). Board made from reed and were called TUP (pretty close to SUP!)

 egypt History of Stand up Paddle

1275 BC Egyptian pharaoh’s daughter Queen Bithia
The Bible and Midrash assert that she was the foster mother of Moses, having drawn him from the Nile and bestowed upon him his name (Exodus 2:10). Apparently she was standing up so she had a better view to spot the baby prophet and future Savior of the Jews.

hawaii History of Stand up Paddle

400-900 AD Polynesians develop stand-up surfing as a recreational/ cultural practice. Apparently only the king was allowed to ride the expensive long boards (the olo) on which it was possible to stand up! Common Hawaiians rode cheaper shorter boards, described around 1850

bamboo-drifting

500 AD China river drifting. Apperently first time sigthing of a Monk on a reed crossing the river, later on followed by what is now a cultural sport in China single bamboo drifting. 13ft bamboo poles.

arab History of Stand up Paddle

800 AD -1300 AD Hasake. this is a board-boat hybrid of the Stand-up Paddle (SUP) Board family, with alleged Israeli and Arabic roots, possibly dating back to as far as the 8th century A.D. The Hasake was used primarily for fishing. At 10’x42’’x5’’ this thing comes pretty close to a now-a.days SUP

one-leg History of Stand up Paddle

1200 Burma, Inle Lake one-legged paddling fishermen. Stand up on one leg and paddle with your leg around your paddle. A must try for summer 2017?

History of Stand up Paddle afrika

1712 Report from the Gold Coast of West Africa by Frenchman Jean Barbot describing recreational playing in the waves amongst other with boats with paddles.

hawaii2 History of Stand up Paddle
1769 Matavai Bay, Tahiti recreational surf riding described by Joseph Banks (member of James Cook’s first Pacific expedition). Mark Twain writes about recreational surfing in Polynesia in 1860.

venice History of Stand up Paddle

1869 Mark Twain writes about gondolas in venice

surfski History of Stand up Paddle

1912 Australia BREAKTHROUGH – instead of all these open canoes a closed hull is made that doesn’t catch water and to be stand on. It’s called the surfski and is made and first rode in Australia.

duke History of Stand up Paddle

1939 The SURFSKI gets most known after it has been brought to Hawaii where Duke Kahanamoku rides it, as can be seen in the movie Blue horizon. Wearing a leash to his two-bladed paddle, stand up paddling waves. Watch him on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPnM4ymNj3o

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1945 John Zapozocky picks up Stand Up paddling from the Duke and uses single-bladed paddles. Together with Pops AhChoy they continue paddling in the 50’ 60’ and 70’ties.

1995 Laird Hamilton starts experimenting with long 12’ surfboards to ride with his child together and in small surf. Together with Dave Kalama they start using paddles. A renaissance of the DUKE’s stand up paddling.

blimp History of Stand up Paddle

2001 US brand ULLI uses dropstich-material to create inflatable surfboards. The material was developed by the US Army in cooperation with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to create the the Goodyear Inflatoplane. The US military abandoned the inflatable plane project (nobody wanted to fly an aircraft that could be brought down with a bow and arrow). In 2008 inflatable stand up paddleboards become more and more common.

laird History of Stand up Paddle

2002 Laird Hamilton rides a six-foot south swell at Malibu with an American flag on a specifically designed board and paddle (with US flag) for stand up paddling after experimenting and developing the SUP sport since 1996.

Everything that has happened in what is now known as SUP has happened since that day… If you want to read more, we recommend the book from Ben Marcus (Art of Stand up Paddling).

FIT OCEAN FCS US-BOX FIN RACE

  • Fiberglass reinforced nylon
  • Complete with screw
  • Fits every US-BOX Finbox
  • Shaped for racing
  • In cooperation with FCS Eric Terrien we choose this fin for optimal tracking and speed

FIT OCEAN US-BOX FIN TOUR

  • Fiberglass reinforced nylon
  • Complete with screw
  • Fits every US-BOX Finbox
  • Shaped for touring and race

FIT OCEAN SLIDEFIN NYLON

  • Fiberglass reinforced nylon
  • Fits all iSUP Boards with slide-fin box
  • Secured with clip
  • Robust and light
  • ENables a super small packing size

MAGIC GLIDE 10´8 BLUE (up to 140 kg. / Allround)

  • for Paddlers from 40 up to 140 Kg. For men AND woman thanks to perfect sizing.
  • with loading capacity up to 300 kg., enough for fun paddling with children/ partner.
  • easy to learn SUP.
  • for lakes, waves, and rivers thanks to an all-round shape.

Details

  • large EVA deck pad, bungee ropes, leash ring, padded transport handle
  • comes with a robust slide-fin (removable) + 2 fix poly-urethane side fins
  • lightweight and stiff
  • bestselling sports machine to enjoy flatwater and small surf action
  • tracks in a straight line and every paddle stroke become a speedy glide
  • constructed to have a long lifetime, designed in Switzerland
  • possibility to attach a kayak seat (rings are pre-installed)
  • Complete with a double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintenance set, buckle to wrap rolled-up board and easy to load in a backpack, English and German manual (waterproof paper)
  • backpack : 80x30x58

CRUISE 12’0 PREMIUM BLUE (up to 140 kg./Family-Touring)

Who is it for?

  • With the payload of 360 kg. this board is suitable for single heavier riders AND suitable for 2 adults + kids. Also possible for 2 adults to tandem-paddle.
  • Easy to learn SUP.
  • For lakes, open ocean and rivers.
  • Great for touring.
  • Possibility to attach a kayakseat (rings are pre-installed).

Details board

  • Large EVA deckpad, 2x bungee ropes, leash ring, padded transport handle. Removable US-Box fin. Speed coated bottom.
  • Premium Construction. Recommended inflation of 17-20 PSI. Allready at 15 PSI superstiff. Designed in Switzerland.
  • What’s the difference compared to other more cheaper brands? The FIT OCEAN boards have a thicker skin that makes them more robust and stiffer which increases stability and speed. Our premiums have the best technology on the market with supreme stiffness/ weight-ratio. And the FIT OCEAN’s come with a double action pump and real backpack instead of a folding bag.
  • Including double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintanance-set, english and german manual (waterproof paper).
  • backpack : 80x30x58

MAGIC GLIDE 10´8 ORANGE (up to 140 kg. / Allround)

  • for Paddlers from 40 up to 140 Kg. For men AND woman thanks to perfect sizing.
  • with loading capacity up to 300 kg., enough for fun paddling with children/ partner.
  • easy to learn SUP.
  • for lakes, waves, and rivers thanks to an all-round shape.

Details

  • large EVA deck pad, bungee ropes, leash ring, padded transport handle
  • comes with a robust slide-fin (removable) + 2 fix poly-urethane side fins
  • lightweight and stiff
  • bestselling sports machine to enjoy flatwater and small surf action
  • tracks in a straight line and every paddle stroke become a speedy glide
  • constructed to have a long lifetime, designed in Switzerland
  • possibility to attach a kayak seat (rings are pre-installed)
  • Complete with a double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintenance set, buckle to wrap rolled-up board and easy to load in a backpack, English and German manual (waterproof paper)
  • backpack : 80x30x58

MAGIC GLIDE 10´8 GREEN (up to 140 kg. / Allround)

  •  for Paddlers from 40 up to 140 Kg. For men AND woman thanks to perfect sizing.
  • with loading capacity up to 300 kg., enough for fun paddling with children/ partner.
  • easy to learn SUP.
  • for lakes, waves, and rivers thanks to an all-round shape.

Details

  • large EVA deck pad, bungee ropes, leash ring, padded transport handle
  • comes with a robust slide-fin (removable) + 2 fix poly-urethane side fins
  • lightweight and stiff
  • bestselling sports machine to enjoy flatwater and small surf action
  • tracks in a straight line and every paddle stroke become a speedy glide
  • constructed to have a long lifetime, designed in Switzerland
  • possibility to attach a kayak seat (rings are pre-installed)
  • Complete with a double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintenance set, buckle to wrap rolled-up board and easy to load in a backpack, English and German manual (waterproof paper)
  • backpack : 80x30x58

ULTRA 14’x26”x5” PREMIUM CARBON HYBRID INFLATABLE

Who is it for?

  • Super fast touring for Paddlers up to 115 Kg.
  • Proven winner of inflatable SUP Races
  • We refuse to call it a race board because it is very very stable. How stable is it? We simply put total beginners on it during demo-days and they love it! We paddle ourselves together with kids on it.
  • Downwind – already glides at the smallest bump

Details

  • Construction: double layer fused PVC with 30 cm wide hard carbon stringer on deck. Made in the USA.  Inflatable Composite™ (US Patent 8273427). For more information see our technology page.
  • Volume: 350 Liter. Weight: only 10 Kilo !
  • Square Rail Technology (SRT). Enabling narrow boards with stability.
  • Large EVA deckpad, Wide bungee ropes for a bag and a narrow rope for ‘just the bottle’. Extra leash-ring on the handle for quick connection, leash ring on the tail, padded transport handle. Removable US-Box fin. Speed coated bottom. Noserunner.
  • Premium Construction. Recommended inflation of 17-20 PSI. Allready at 15 PSI superstiff. Designed in Switzerland.
  • What’s the difference compared to other more cheaper brands? The FIT OCEAN boards have a thicker skin that makes them more robust and stiffer which increases stability and speed. Our premiums have the best technology on the market with supreme stiffness/ weight-ratio. And the FIT OCEAN’s come with a double action pump and real backpack instead of a folding bag.
  • Including double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintanance-set, buckle to wrap rolled-up board and easy to load it in backpack, english and german manual (waterproof paper)