Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has been reeling in some A-list devotees for some time now, likely because of its toning promise. Balancing on the board keeps your legs and core engaged while paddling adds cardio and strength training for a low impact, full body workout. SUP started decades ago in Waikiki as a way for beach guides to keep tabs on tourists, and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's easy to learn, versatile and great exercise. And above all, it's a ton of fun.
Below, our guide to getting out for a paddle in Tahoe and the Bay Area's waters:
The best place for beginners to start is Tahoe. Warm temperatures and relatively calm waters make it easy to get comfortable on the board and familiar with the technique.
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