Florian Pertsch
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Service: What you need for stand up paddling

Relaxing and gliding over the water, the soft lapping of the paddle. Stand up paddling is continuing its triumphal march as the new trend sport on the water. Feasible for all age groups, the silhouettes of standing paddlers are showing up more and more frequently on rivers, lakes, and even in the ocean.

The younger generation like SUP as a means of transportation, too
Relaxing paddling at sunset

ISPO.com gives an overview of the equipment for the relaxed water sport, what the fun costs, and everything you can get up to with a board and a paddle.

What do I need for stand up paddling, and what will it cost me?

  • Board- inflatable (e.g from Starboard) $700-1200
  • Paddle- aluminum $70, carbon $500
  • Leash or Restube (life buoy) $75-100
  • Headlamp (waterproof) helpful, $35, dry bags $35

Winter SUP – recommended by winter SUP experts Mario and Manuel Stecher for the colder time of the year:

  • dry suit, e.g. from Supskin – $450-900
  • Skiing underwear starting at $70
  • Neoprene gloves 5mm $35, shoes 5mm $35
  • Thermosocks $20

Where can I get on the water with my board?

Everywhere, actually. No matter whether lake, river, or sea. You can race off on your way on any body of water with your SUP board. For more advanced riders, frozen water (i.e. snow) is even feasible as a navigable surface.

Manuel and Mario Stecher shortly before sunset at Lake Heiterwang
Manuel and Mario Stecher shortly before sunset at Lake Heiterwang

If you've never stood on an SUP board before, or want to improve your skills, get an overview of current courses here.

  • Rookie/beginner's courses: Explanation of equipment, adjusting paddle length, and how to safely mount the board. This is where the SUP basics are taught.
  • Intermediate/advanced: Improving technique, turning maneuvers, optimized sequence of movements. There's no avoiding a course like this if you want to get deeper into the subject matter.
  • SUP Yoga: The "downward-facing dog" by sunset and the soft sound of the waves. No problems with the necessary sense of balance. Requires high body tension and is probably not for beginners.
  • SUP Workout: If you'd like something more substantial, you're advised to try an SUP workout course. This course is also not necessarily something for beginners.
  • Winter SUP: For the really hardboiled, there are also winter courses. What's necessary to consider regarding freezing temperatures, and which equipment is required.
  • SUP 50+: The sport knows no age limit, but of course there are differences in capability. Specially adapted courses teach the 50+ generation the SUP basics.
  • SUP Sightseeing: Exercise and still get a bit of culture along the way. Access castles, monuments, and untouched embayments from the waterfront with SUP Sightseeing.
  • SUP Kids: Playfully taught basic knowledge for the smallest SUP fans. Of course, there's no shortage of paddling and swimming.
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Florian Pertsch
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Florian Pertsch
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