Stand Up Paddling = SUP:

Stand-up paddling is a popular water sport where you can move on a special board with only one sting paddle. Size and age do not matter: after a short training, the SUP can be used as a demanding training or for a leisurely excursion.

Origin of the Stand Up Paddling:

Stand-up paddling has become a trend sport in Germany. You can see more and more people paddling across the water on a kind of surfboard standing. The idea of stand-up paddling has been around for decades. The origin lies in Polynesia, where the fishermen went out to sea in their canoes standing out to the sea off Tahiti. In Hawaii, it was used by surf instructors from the 20th century onwards to get to the reefs, where the high waves break, and to get a better overview of their students. Ten years ago, the technique was rediscovered by various surfers, such as windsurfing legend Robby Naish or top surfer Laird Hamilton, and only expanded into a sport. Especially in the USA and Australia, stand-up paddling became the new trend sport, a few years ago it swept over to Europe. Since then, stand-up paddling has also spread in Germany and is finding its way into grassroots sport and there is already discussion about inclusion as an Olympic discipline.

Stand Up Paddling is sport with fun factor:

The sport Of Stand Up Paddling is a full-body and effective workout. Stand Up paddle strengthens the inner muscles of the upper body, torso, abdomen, back and stabilizes knee and ankle joints by constantly balancing. Arms and legs are active all the time. Thanks to the self-determined stress level, athletes of different fitness can paddle together. Stand Up paddling is already used in rehab sports and contributes to health.

Stand Up Paddling as a competitive sport:

There are regular SUP sprint and long-distance races in the shallow water and sCA surfing championships in the wave. SUP competitions are also held in the white water. In Germany, the following associations are active in Stand Up Paddling: the German Canoe Association (DKV) and the German Wave Riding Association (DWV). In addition, the German Stand Up Paddle Association e.V. (GSUPA) was founded.

Paddle areas in Berlin and surroundings:

It doesn’t take much to run Stand Up Paddling wherever you find water. The water should have sufficient water level so that you do not get stuck with the fin and you should find a good use from the shore. Attention to strong currents and bad weather conditions, especially the wind must be taken into account.

Berlin and Brandenburg enjoy one of the largest contiguous inland waters. So you can choose from a variety of waterways, lakes or canals. In the city centre you can paddle with us on the Spree or the Landwehr Canal in the heart of Berlin. Around Berlin you can visit one of the lakes, such as the Griebnitzsee, Schlachtensee, Tegeler See, Wannsee or MĂźggelsee. The Dahme, the Havel, one of the many canals or Little Venice are also perfectly suitable as paddle areas.

Note regarding the Berlin city centre area: the traffic of the Spree-Oder waterway from the Kanzleramtssteg km 14.10 to the OberbaumbrĂźcke km 20.70 – including the Spreecanal – is in accordance with Section 21.24 Inland Navigation Road Order (BinSchStrO) for Small vehicles without machine drive are not permitted.

Here you will find an overview map of the Berlin and Brandenburg waters of the ADAC.

What is Stand Up Paddling?

You stand on a fairly stable board (bigger than a surfboard) and paddle across the lake, the river or surf with it on waves with a long sting paddle. The origin lies in Hawaii, where surfers have seen the local fishermen how they have moved. Standup paddling is an extremely healthy way to move around on the water and have fun. By holding the balance, all muscles are activated and the middle stabilizes as if by itself.

Who can learn Stand Up Paddling?

Stand Up paddling can be difficult or easy for anyone, old or young. Depending on your skill and figure, we are looking for the right board for you. A certain amount of effort is required to exert the paddle stroke in such a way that one slides forward. You should be able to swim. After an hour of intensive paddling, you have definitely done something for your muscles. The mind also relaxes, because through the recurring movements and the beautiful view from above on the water, one forgets the world around you and enjoys the activity itself. The “landlocked” surfer can do his training for surfing by standing paddling or enjoy stand-up paddling himself.

Where can I run Stand Up Paddling?

All you need is water that is at least as deep as the fin under the Stand Up Padlleboard. Berlin and the Brandenburg region are ideal for short and long tours. In the heart of Berlin you can paddle with us versatile tours and get to know the canals of the city better. You can take a spin at the Osthafen, for example to the Molecule Man to the island of youth, to the Rummelsburger bay or on the Landwehr Canal in Kreuzberg. Hardly any other region in Germany can keep up with this diversity.

When can I paddle Stand Up?

Stand Up paddles can be done all year round. In winter, you only have to equip yourself with a thick wetsuit or dry suit and wear wetshoes. In the warmer months you can then go paddling with short clothes or in swimming clothes. It becomes difficult in strong winds, as you are easily aborted and in rain, which restricts visibility. Safety should always come first.

How to run Stand Up Paddling?

First you need the equipment and access to the water. Whether you are paddling with us or getting in somewhere else. It doesn’t take much. Those who dare to get on the board should be able to swim and look at the weather forecast. If you follow the waterway rules, nothing stops you from paddling on the waterways, lakes and seas of this world. It is best to paddle in pairs or in a group.