THE BIG PICTURE
Stand-up paddleboarding – that’s the gentler little brother of surfing, right? Wrong. SUP actually allows surfers to catch waves that are otherwise unreachable without a Jetski. Jamie Mitchell, the man with the paddle, says this particular wave in the Maldives was ideal ‘because of the mix of warm tropical water and the smooth barrel of the wave’.
Aside from the obvious fact you’re holding a paddle, catching a wave is slightly different in paddleboarding. ‘Because you’re standing you can see the wave earlier,’ says Mitchell. ‘It helps you get into a better position and you can get into the wave earlier.’ The upshot? You can go faster. ‘Seeing a wave like this makes you feel nervous and excited at the same time before instinct takes over and the adrenaline kicks in. Then comes the huge smile after.’