Art of Stand Up Paddling: A Complete Guide to Sup on Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans

Art of Stand Up Paddling: A Complete Guide to Sup on Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans

Paperback How to Paddle

By (author) Ben Marcus

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  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 234mm x 18mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook
  • ISBN 10: 0762773294
  • ISBN 13: 9780762773299
  • Sales rank: 255,178

Product description

Stand up paddling (SUP) is a new recreational activity experiencing fast growth in the United States and around the world. According to ESPN.com, sales of stand up paddleboards surpassed sales of surfboards in 2010. It's an activity that can be enjoyed on inland lakes and rivers, as well as on the ocean and in the surf-that's why board companies are seeing an explosion of sales at metropolitan locations such as Chicago and Austin. Most importantly, it's fun and a great way to stay fit. The Art of Stand Up Paddling includes everything both new and not-so-new paddlers need to know-from buying a board and getting started on your local lake to paddling rivers and surfing waves in Hawaii. Also included is a fascinating and controversial history of stand up paddling, which, although new to many, actually dates back hundreds of years to Peruvian and Hawaiian fishermen.

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Author information

Ben Marcus is a longtime surf journalist who has written 13 books. He writes for surf magazines around the world, but his non-surfing work has appeared in LA Weekly, Muscle and Fitness, the LA Times, Malibu Magazine, Malibu Times and Fly Fish Journal. He lives in Malibu.

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"Congrats on THE most complete book on stand up paddling! I cannot imagine a better person to write it. Ben Marcus has nailed it and captured the all around feel of the sport." -Clay Feeter, publisher, Standup Journal

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Stand up paddling (SUP) is experiencing fast growth in the United States and around the world. It can be enjoyed on inland lakes and rivers, as well as on the ocean and in the surf but most important, it's fun and a great way to stay fit. The Art of Stand Up Paddling includes everything both new and not-so-new paddlers need to know from buying a board and getting started on your local lake to paddling rivers and surfing ocean waves. Also included is a fascinating and controversial history of stand up paddling, which, although new to many, dates back hundreds of years to Peruvian fishermen, Venetian gondoliers, and Hawaiian beach boys. Chapters on surf-break etiquette, fitness, and the exhilarating potential for adventures on a stand up paddleboard make this a complete resource for beginners and experienced paddlers alike."