Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP originated in the home of water sports, Hawaii. Known locally as Hoe he’e nalu, stand up paddle surfing has ancient roots on the Hawaiian Islands before becoming popular with modern surfers as a way of reaching the strong towing waves. It has since enjoyed booming popularity as a sport in its own right and is quickly becoming the latest water sports sensation.

Read on for the what, why and how of stand up paddle boarding and you’ll soon see why it’s fast becoming a favourite watery pastime.