Why do they call it Stand-Up Paddle Boarding?
Stand-up paddle boarding (often referred to as SUP) at it's most basic is standing on a giant surfboard and moving yourself along with a long, single ended paddle. But that doesn't really tell the whole story...
"Yes Haole, a Stand Up Paddle Board Really is A Surfboard"
As much fun as it is to paddle flatwater lakes and rivers, SUP boards are built to surf! And stand up paddle boards will take surfers to places they can't reach by paddling with their hands. Further offshore, stand-up paddle board surfers will catch waves before they break, something a 'short board' can't do. The bottom line - you'll catch more waves, get longer rides, and learn how to do it in half the time!
It seems Stand-up Paddle Boarding is everywhere these days
SUP is exploding in popularity right now, probably because its a water-sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels, everywhere there’s water. It can be a serene and peaceful form of gentle exercise or exciting and physically demanding, but however you do it, it's great for your body. Training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups.
Stand-Up paddle boarding is pretty accessible as well from a cost point of view. A decent SUP board, paddle and leash may cost around $1,000 - $1,500 and they last for years. You can often resell well cared-for SUP equipment for over half it's original value. Other than that, the water you paddle on is free!
You can carry a SUP board in one hand but they are a bit clumsy and heavy - around 30 lbs. And while you won't have to pay to launch it or for expensive summer storage, you should find a safe place for your SUP board in the winter.
Rent stand-up paddle boards at SUPsurf for a couple of hours or a day. Long term rentals (a weekend, a week or the entire summer) are available at
Beach Toyz, located at Queen Street East and Woodbine Avenue.
"Where can I Learn to Stand-Up Paddle Board in Toronto?"