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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).

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Congrats Alexander Sterzik 1st place / timelaps race lake Lucerne Switzerland

Okay we are now copy pasting the title this year. Aleksander won again. Enjoy the timelaps from start to finish of Aleksander his race. Interesting to see he is ahead of a Starboard Sprint in the sprint… He actually finished that fast again that not only finished 1st on inflatable but also 2nd in the hardboard class, on his FIT OCEAN Force 14ft inflatable.

MALIBU 10’0 LIGHT (up to 120 kg./ allround)

Who is it for?

  • Paddlers from 40 up to 120 Kg. For men AND woman thanks to perfect sizing. Loading capacity up to 250 Kg., enough for fun paddling with children/ partner.
  • Easy to learn SUP.
  • For lakes, waves and rivers thanks to an allround shape.

Details board

  • Large deckpad for space and made from EVA foam which is grippy and very comfortable for the skin to stand or lie on.
  • The board has bungee ropes for transport and a padded carry-handlet handle. The slide-fin is easily removable.
  • Produced under Swiss supervision to assure quality for a long product lifetime.
  • What’s the difference compared to cheaper brands? The FIT OCEAN boards have a thicker multi-layer skin (Fusion Technology) that makes them more robust and stiffer which increases stability and speed. And the FIT OCEAN’s come with premium accessories.
  • Including original BRAVO double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), extra large bag (fits all accessories + your personal belongings), fin, maintanance-set, english and german manual on waterproof paper with the topics: installation, safety, maintanance and paddle techniques.

MAGIC LADY 9´9 LIGHT (up to 100 kg. / Allround)

Who is it for?

  • Paddlers from 20 Kg. up to 100 Kg. For men AND woman thanks to perfect shape. Loading capacity up to 230 Kg. Enough for fun paddling with children/ partner.
  • Easy to learn to Stand Up Paddle.
  • For lakes, waves and rivers thanks to an allround shape.

Details board

  • Large EVA deckpad, bungee ropes, leash ring, padded transport handle. Robust center fin (removable)
  • Lightweight and stiff, constructed to have a long lifetime. Designed in Switzerland.
  • What’s the difference compared to cheaper brands? The FIT OCEAN boards have a thicker skin that makes them more robust and stiffer which increases stability and speed. 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),

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

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

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

Dimensions

Length: 10’8” (325 cm)
Width: 32”(81 cm)
Thickness 6‘‘ (15 cm)
Volume: 300 Liter
Weight: 9 kg.

  • 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)
  • backpack : 80x30x58

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)

SPORTS 11’3 BLUE (up to 300 liters/Sports)

Who is it for?

  • paddlers who want kids on board
  • sporty beginners wanting to learn SUP and advanced paddlers
  • Sports is suitable to learn to Stand Up Paddle, but also to Progress over the years in a fast paddler that goes on longer distances (touring)

Details

  • HDSL – Construction Allows narrow boards with stability
  • Large EVA cover pad
  • wide bungee ropes for one bag and a narrow rope for one bottle
  • Additional linen ring on handle for quick connection, linen ring on rear, padded transport handle
  • Removable US box fin. Quickly coated bottom. No runner
  • Recommended air pressure 17-20 PSI (already with 15 PSI super stiff)
  • Developed in Switzerland
  • have a thicker surface that makes them more robust and stiff
  • Including double-action pump (inflate 2 x faster and lighter), XL Backpack, fins, maintenance-set, buckle to wrap rolled-up board and easy to load it in backpack, English and German manual (waterproof paper), waterproof bag for mobile phone including free download of the FIT OCEAN SPEED App (measure in realtime your speed and improve your stroke).
  • 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