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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


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


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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Best length paddle for SUP Stand Up Paddling ?

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What is the best paddle length for you?

Stand up paddling is such a relaxed way to enjoy your time on the water.

Stand up paddle boarding is becoming more popular each year. So much people have begun to enjoy stand-up paddling having fun on the water, spend time with family and friends. While doing this you can also improve your fitness level.

Perhaps you have found your board and your paddle. You can basically start.

Before you get into the water with your board, it is best that you put your paddle in the correct length.

Step 1

Stretch your left or right arm above your head.


Step 2

Enlarge your paddle to the same hight of the arm that is stretched above your head.


Step 3

The stretched arm rests relaxed on handle of the paddle. This is the correct lenght.


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5 tips for stand up paddling in winter

The summer is over but you still want to keep stand-up paddling in winter?

Well you are so right. Why stop? But you also do not want to freeze your butt of in the cold or come into unsafe situations.

Here are 5 tips to help you along.


Tip 1 – What to wear, when stand up paddling in the winter?

Before you step out of the door. Check if you are wearing the correct clothing.


The wetsuit

The wetsuit has been the winter choice for a lot of  stand up paddlers. Check out the world wide web for all the different choices, designs and prices. There is a huge choice of wetsuits available from 7mm full on winter suits with built in hoods to 2mm summer suits. It all depends where, when and how long you want to paddle. Just during a bit chilly weather or during deep cold winter days?


The thicker the suit the warmer it is but with a trade off in flexibility, and each paddler will find their preferred combination of warmth and flexibility.


Wetsuits can be relatively inexpensive, it’s very easy to find one that fits perfectly and they are pretty robust and will last for years with a little care.


Dry suit

A new development brought to the paddling world is the dry suit. Filling the space between wetsuits and more traditional dry suits these are designed specifically for Stand Up Paddlers who do not need the protection and bulk of a surface immersion suit, for faster paddling and limited time in the water.

Like the more common dry suit there is no insulation in the SUP dry suit so a base layer will need to be worn underneath, top and bottom. Marketed at those who want to paddle fast the semi-dry suit is also a great solution for many more leisurely paddlers.


Do not want to buy a wetsuit nor a dry suit?

Well you can wear a pair of warm longjohns /ski underwear under your rain trousers as an option.

For your upper body, you can wear a warm midlayer, but try to avoid cotton, this soaks in the water and that will keep you longer cold. Over your midlayer a waterproof jacket is fine.


Tip3: What to wear for head and feet?

A fleece or neoprene tuque is great for the head. A fleece beanie or anything warm you prefer to wear is also good.

For your feet a pair neoprene shoes are great.


You will need some waterproof gloves or neoprene gloves for your hands. Do not want to invest? Then just your wintergloves. Preferable not the thin knitted gloves. These do not protect from the wind.


Tip 4: What to take with you during a tour in winter?

  • Keep it safe, use a leash
  • When it is getting darker a waterproof white light attached to your board or body is good for visibility and others can see you.
  • Dry bag
  • Thermos with something warm to drink
  • Water
  • Snack of own choise
  • Towel
  • Waterproof bag for cell phone.
  • Extra pair of clothes


Tip 5: Going to paddle in dark cold weathers?

Let somebody know where you will be paddling and for how long you are planning to do so.

When the weather changes a lot that day. Just recheck the weather forecast, so you will not be in the middle of heavy wind or a rain storm.



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Stand Up Paddling – Pearl River China

Before you can click to the video..

Feel me on my forest gump trip..

That day .. for no particular reason..i decided to go for a little run..










So i had a very forest gump feeling and decided to go for a little paddle…

Lost on the Pearl river China.

After days in the factory it was time to to recover from all the ZEBEC glue damp.

I snatched a FIT OCEAN Touring iSUP from the batch that as waiting ship to Rotterdam and walked to the nearest river connecting to the Pearl River. This river runs all the way down to Hongkong.

I actually run into my friend Phibi on my way down who informed not to be sure things where legal, so it was a quick pump with bystanders looking a the strangest inflatble object ever and hop hop on board.

Paddled 3 hours straight then had enough. Rain, a stinky river, fatique, my gopro battery almost dead, time to exit somewhere with people/ light, possibly a taxi.

It turned out to be at the foot of a snake restaurant here i was kindly invited to eat. Paired with some chinese beer it as quite a nice bite actually.

Exploring on an iSUP is fun, much more then just paddling, can´t wait for my next adventure.


Equipment used during trip: FIT OCEAN Cruise 12 x 34 x 6 

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h2Driving into Hyères, you feel that your vacation is starting. With all the palm trees around you, clear blue sky and a lovely soft wind to cool you down.

Hyères is situated in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast, it is the oldest resort in the French Riviera. With over 30 km of white sandy beaches, 3 beautiful and unspoilt islands Hyères has been a popular tourist destination for years.

There is a stunning old town in Hyères with a wonderful selection of medieval buildings which is well worth a visit. The old town is a dream location for architecture lovers with stunning Gothic churches, renaissance doorways and beautiful châteaus all set against stunning sea views.

Palm trees form an important part of Hyères and can be regularly seen throughout the resort lining the wide boulevards. There is a great variety of Mediterranean architecture around Hyères including a number of exotic hotels and villas which lend the resort a Moorish feel.



Love to be on the water?

Well, Hyères is a great place to be for your water activities.

Hyères  is a popular watersports destination. The Almanarre bay offers particularly good conditions for sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Throughout the year there are a number of prestigious regattas and competitions held in Hyères and a number of top professionals choose to base themselves in Hyères as the ideal spot to train.




Hyères is a superb location for sailing with generally stronger winds during the spring months and calmer breezes during the height of summer. There are plenty of sheltered bays, marinas and harbors and it is an excellent location for both beginners and experienced sailors.


Hyères is extremely popular with windsurfers and is often referred to as the European capital of windsurfing. The conditions around Hyères lend themselves particularly well to windsurfing and it is a great location for both beginners and experienced windsurfers.


waters of the Mediterranean are the perfect location to develop your kite surfing skills. With a lot of Kite surfers around, there is always someone to help you when you just got started with this sport.




The great thing about Hyères is, that there are great water activities where you need wind. But there are as well enough places, with beautiful beaches for Stand Up Paddling.

Stand up paddle is a great way to discover the hidden paradisiacal creeks, caves and beaches only accessible by water.

As a beginner, you can try the sport out by yourself or get your first lessons. When you get the hang of it you can get more adventurous and try out Stand Up Paddling over waves.

Stand Up Paddling is a great way to relax and still get some exercise done. You can take it to any level where you want it to go. At any time, you can just jump in the water, have a swim and continue paddling.


















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Here are five places for great SUP holidays in 2015

Close your eyes and dream about the warm sun on your skin.

The sound of the waves, slight wind brushes through your hair.

Relaxing in combination with some activities, like biking, jogging or

Stand up paddling.

Here are five places for great SUP holidays to in 2015.



When living in Europe, you don`t need to travel far exotic places to find good spots to Stand Up Paddling.

Costa Brava, where the waters are mostly calm and therefore a great place to learn SUP. One of the most romantic, gorgeous, unspoilt stretches of coast in Europe.

What to see

Gloriously wild in parts and tastefully manicured in others, the Costa has some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe, broad and sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves.

The Costa is also home to some of the most scenic and important Greco/Roman and Iberian archaeological sites in Europe

When to go

A decent dose of sunshine is reasonably guaranteed most of the year round. If you’re not bound by school holidays and can visit during May, June or September, these are brilliant months to enjoy the joint benefits of warm temperatures and lower hotel rates while avoiding the crowds of July and August.

For sizzling heat, high summer is the time to choose. If you do come during those peak months, you’ll find the region busy but not over-run.

What to pack

When going for a longer paddle session, we recommend to wear a Fitocean UPF 50+ Protect Tee.




Aruba: well known for the high winds, where you can find waves to flow of.

The crystal clear water of Fisherman`s huts are ideal for a Stand Up Paddle board session. Because of the standing height of the water you can see both deeper into the water and further across the surface of the water. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and have a good workout.

When to go

The best time is from February until September. With temperatures over 30° Celsius.

The so-called “rainy season” runs from late October into the beginning of January, but most of this rain falls in the form of short, sharp showers and mainly overnight.

What to pack

Your bikini J, when you like to flow of the nice waves you can wear our protect tight.




This beautiful place at the nordcoast of Italy is great when you want to learn how to ride the waves on your Stand Up Paddle board.

There are various small hotels and camping places near the sea.

With great italien restaurants, you can relax and enjoy the great sea food.


When to go

As we are not that far in the south of europe, it is best to check the weather a few weeks before you plan to go.

Generally speaking, may until october is great.



Phuket is one of the most unique and great places in the world, and provides a perfect backdrop in which to paddle. With stunning views, warm crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches it is hard to beat. So what better way to take it all in than slapping on the sunscreen, jumping on a board and going exploring?

Get your `Om` on. Thailand waters are peaceful surroundings to practice yoga on your Paddle board.


When to go

High Season (Nov–Mar)

cool and dry season follows the monsoons, meaning the landscape is lush and temperatures are comfortable.

Western Christmas and New Year’s holidays bring crowds and rates increase 50% at the beaches.

Shoulder Season (Apr–Jun, Sep & Oct)

Hot and dry (April to June).

Beaches aren’t crowded and the ocean provides the air-con.

September and October are ideal for the north and the Gulf coast.


Low Season (Jul–Oct)

Monsoon season can range from afternoon showers to major flooding.

Some islands shut down and boat service is limited during stormy weather.

Be flexible with travel plans.


What to pack

Think easy, think light. Sweat-wicking layers that can wash and dry quickly, because it can get legitimately hot. Roll in your quick dry Twisted Tank.




Here a view places in north America that is worth checking out:

Puerto Vallarta’s ideal for stand up paddleboarding. Warm water and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay. Take a covered boat offshore to Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and spend an afternoon paddling above coral reefs, floating by the arid coastline. (

Mission Bay Aquatic Center takes beginner paddlers a hundred feet into San Diego’s Mission Bay and teaches them to downward dog (plus a whole series of yoga positions) on their boards. ($39;

Desert Adventure’s two-day SUP trip. You’ll join four paddlers and a guide at Hoover Dam on the lake’s southern shore and paddle down the Colorado River’s Black Canyon, a 600-foot deep cleft in the basalt of Nevada and Arizona’s desert. Camp gear is strapped to boards and nights are spent on secluded beaches. The highlight: paddling to the back of Emerald Cave, a green-water cavern barely big enough for four boards. ($339, all-inclusive;

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Warm vegetable salad Chicken breast in Almond coat

It`s raining outside. Dark clouds over the Rigi mountain in Switzerland.

The view is beautiful and dramatic. Rain splashes against the windows.

Nearly lunch time. We are craving for something that reminds of nice weather in the Mediterranean.

What we came up with, was a warm vegetable salad with a chicken breast filled with pest in a an almond crust coating.

Serves 1


  • 1  skinless, boneless chicken breast.
  • 1 table spoon pesto
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • butter
  • Garlic powder or 1 fresh chopped garlic clove
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1  chopped carrot
  • 1 sliced zucchini
  • 1 handful of arugula salad
  • 2 big brown mushrooms


  • Slice the chicken breast in the length. Not all the way, so it opens like a butterfly.
  • Season the outside with salt, pepper and garlic.
  • Turn the breast around and fill with pesto.
  • You can keep the chicken breast closed with a tooth pick.
  • In a shallow bowl put in the egg white. In another bowl the almond flour.
  • Dip the chicken breast in the egg white and then press both sides on the almond flour. Making sure that the chicken breast is totally covered with the almond flour.
  • In a skillet heat the butter and fry the chicken breast on both sides, until the inside is no longer pink.
  • While the chicken is on, heat another skillet. Add 1 table spoon of peanut oil.
  • Fry the vegetables (except for the arugula salad) until nearly soft.
  • Add the arugula salad.
  • Stir-fry for another minute.
  • Serve.


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Every morning you look at yourself in the mirror with a smile or with some criticism.
You want to reach your goal of being fit, toned, sexy or just trying to lose that extra bit on the hips.
Whatever your goal is, do not give up.
You are worth every bit. The road to your goal, might not be always that easy but is possible.

Concentrate on what is important for you. There will be friends, colleagues or family that will try to pull you down. All because they do not understand what you do or why you want to reach your goals. Do not focus on them. Yes, it can hurt but that should not stop you.


Trust that you can do this. Even when you see all these gorgeous women. Everybody walks their own road. Success in any form, does not happen overnight. Trust, know you will get there no matter how long it will take.
See yourself as the person you want to be.
When your vision becomes clear so too do the steps you need to take to make it happen. See all that is beautiful. Don`t concentrate on all the `defaults`.
Be true to yourself. Be totally and exactly who you are. Show yourself, shine your light upon the world.
Believe in yourself and all that you are capable of. Every positive step that you make, will inspire other women to follow and do the same.
The road to your goal can be the inspiration for others.