Above board

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

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.’

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