Stand-Up Paddling – I Love Paddling The Blog | The Place for People Who Love to Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 20:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What is the American Canoe Association? Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:08:09 +0000 acabanner

For years we’ve been digging through the ACA web site for events, classes, and paddlesports news, and we’ve never really grasped the depth of the American Canoe Association and all it does. So what is it?

The ACA was founded in 1880 and has since grown “into the nation’s largest and most active nonprofit paddlesports organization with 30,000 members and over 300 Clubs and Affiliates across the United States and abroad.” These days, the ACA produces paddlesport events, certifies instructors, facilitates stewardship, organizes world-class competitions, promotes adaptive paddling, and supports local clubs in a myriad of ways. As paddlesports grow, and the health of our waters becomes more important every day, the ACA is on the leading edge — “to work at the grassroots, regional and national levels to promote fun and responsible canoeing, kayaking, rafting and stand up paddleboarding and advocacy for recreational access and stewardship of America’s waterways.”

What can you find on their site? A ton! Here are just a few highlights and links we use frequently: is proud to be an affiliate of the ACA, families, individuals, and clubs can join for number of benefits, find out more HERE

Stand Up Paddling more than just a fad Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:51:53 +0000

Our friends at Bending Branches recognized a good thing when they saw it and now offer stand up paddles.

Okay, we’ll admit it. We came to paddling through canoeing–an ago-old tradition that makes us a little suspicious of new fads. Once upon a time, kayaks seemed high tech to us so when Stand Up Paddling came along? We weren’t the earliest adopters.

But an article in TIME Magazine this week covered the sport’s history and rising popularity. No longer relegated to Hawaii and California, the sport is making its way inland to places like Minnesota and Wisconsin (we’ve even seen it in Crested Butte, CO, land of narrow mountain streams).

According to writer Harriet Barovick, stand up paddling (or SUP) is actually a branch of surfing. It started to take off as a modern-day sport when surfing great Laird Hamilton picked it up as a way to explore surf he couldn’t reach on his surf board. Some of the cool things we learned from Barovick?

  • The sport, which involves standing on an oversize board and paddling with a single paddle, dates back to ancient Polynesia (so much for thinking it’s a fad)
  • Some of the roughest and toughest SUPers take their boards on whitewater
  • Stand Up Paddle magazine editor Reid Inouye, a Hawaiian born surfer, took up SUP when he lost his “surf stroke” (passion for the waves) and lost 25 pounds in six weeks.

Perhaps most inspiring? The sport’s low impact has made it popular with people of all ages, and it’s getting families with young kids out on the water. Families in nature? Yes, please. Check out the full article HERE. And if you’ve jumped on SUP board, don’t forget that our friends at Bending Branches offer a great stand up paddle.

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