Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. And, since you stand at full height on your board, it gives you a unique vantage point for viewing what’s down under the water and out on the horizon.
You will see many paddle boarders “standing” on the waterways from Palm Beach to Jupiter Island. Why not join the fun? See below for some basic tips to get you started and where to “SUP” in our waterways:
Get Geared Up to SUP
Good news: You need just a few key pieces of equipment to enjoy stand up paddle boarding. And the places listed below will rent you all of the gear.
Stand up paddle board
Your board choice is determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. Different boards excel in different disciplines, such as recreational paddling, surfing, touring, racing and SUP yoga. If you’re renting, the staff at the rental shop will help guide your choice.
A SUP paddle looks a bit like a stretched-out canoe paddle with a tear-drop-shaped blade that angles forward for maximum paddling efficiency. The correct length paddle will reach up to your wrist when you stand the paddle up in front of you and raise your arm above your head.
PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddle boards as vessels, so if you’re paddling outside a surf or swimming area, you are required to a PFD on board. Adults don’t have to wear the PFD, but children must.
Safety whistle and light
The Coast Guard also requires that you carry a safety whistle to warn other boaters. If you expect to be out after sunset, be sure to have a light on board.
In our warm area from Palm Beach to Jupiter Island, most people choose to wear some combination of a swimsuit, board shorts, and a short- or long-sleeved rash guard for sun protection.
A leash tethers your SUP to you, keeping it close by if you fall off. Your SUP is a large flotation device, so being attached to it can be important for your safety. The staff where you rent will demonstrate the leash, so you are comfortable.
Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing.
Where to rent SUP gear with some basic instruction:
Jupiter Outdoor Center
1011 Love St, Jupiter
Hui Hui Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals
400 S Beach Rd, Jupiter
Jupiter Pointe Paddling
18701 SE Federal Hwy, Jupiter
Blueline Surf and Paddle
997 Florida A1A, Jupiter
Paddle Boarding Palm Beach, Kayak Rental, Snorkeling
200 E 13th St, Riviera Beach
South Florida Paddle
North Palm Beach
Singer Island Outdoor Center
900 Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach
Salty Dog Paddle
401, Unit 2943, S County Rd, Palm Beach
3164 Medinah Cir E, Lake Worth
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