Standup paddle boarding (SUP) originated in Hawaii as a different form of surfing in which a paddle is used to move forward. Some day someone decided that this could also be done on the streets (Street SUP or SSUP). The most important item for somebody practicing SSUP is the stick. A slightly flexy stick usually ranging between 140 and 200 centimeters with a rubber ball at the bottom is often used. Lots of different varieties exist though. SSUPers often use wide boards for sufficient space to place their feet and big wheels for extra momentum. SSUPing requires a lot of upper body strength and sufficient training is required to cover longer distances. It is also advisable to alternate between SSUPing, pumping and pushing while covering very long distances.


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