Have you ever seen someone standing up on something that looks like a surfboard? That’s a stand up paddleboard, or an SUP! Grownups and children alike can use an SUP. All you need is the board, a paddle, and a life jacket (and some water).
When you learn to paddleboard, you will have a new way to meet people. Paddleboarding is a great activity with a group of friends or with your family.
Paddleboarding is a fun and easy sport to learn. That does not mean it is easy to DO. It takes balance and muscles. But when you are paddling and get tired, you can kneel on the board to rest.
The two most important things to remember when you use an SUP are:
- Wear a life jacket … it’s the law!
- Wear sunscreen … it’s the smart thing to do!
Some Iowa rules you need to follow:
- SUPs under 13 feet long do not need to be registered.
- The registration decal for SUPs 13 feet and longer need to be affixed to the bottom of the SUP’s bow (front end) or you have to have it with you whenever you’re on the water.