Edwin Hammond Meredith is a chef working in the Florida Keys. Away from his professional responsibilities, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys aquatic activities such as stand up paddle boarding (SUP). He has completed a number of SUP trips and races, including a 33.8-mile crossing from Key Largo to Flamingo.
Stand up paddle boarding allows individuals of various ages and body types to enjoy the tranquility offered by lakes, rivers, and the ocean. While some may prefer a relaxed approach to a day on the water, others can engage in a rigorous, full body workout. Those interested in trying out the sport will be happy to know that the initial equipment investment is rather minimal.
A board may be the most obvious piece of SUP equipment, but boarders should only purchase a board after they have experienced a number of enjoyable SUP excursions on a rented or borrowed board. Shopping for a permanent board should not be taken lightly; prospective buyers will need to consider their weight and height, skill level, location, and intentions for the board.
The remainder of SUP purchases are much less intimidating. Paddles should measure about six to eight inches taller than the user, though some boarders prefer a slightly longer paddle. Because the United States Coast Guard classifies SUPs as vessels, users must also acquire a personal flotation device. Finally, boarders should purchase a tether to keep themselves attached to their board in the event of a fall.