What's SUP?

What's SUP?
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is Making Waves in Asheville.

USA TODAY recently featured Asheville as a top 10 destination to try stand-up paddle boarding. So what is it? Here's an exert from their feature that helps explain this relatively new outdoor adventure.

The sport, which is has its roots in surfing, uses a board and paddle to scoot along the water, building strength and coordination. "It has caught on anywhere there's a body of water," says Matt Minich , editorial director of Bootprints.com, a weekly sports and adventure newsletter . He says the sport's easier than surfing and can be mastered by most anyone. Some paddle boarders even do yoga on the water. He shares with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY some top places to try out the sport.

Want to try it?
Check out these photos come from Asheville Adventure Rentals, which is a brand new rental and retail outfitter in Asheville’s River Arts District, right along the banks of the French Broad River. They provide SUP equipment and classes in addition to gear and guiding for backpacking, fishing and kayaking.

SUPER COOL SUP FACT: If you’ve ever dreamed of doing a Downward Dog in the middle of a river, then sign up for one of Asheville Adventure Rentals’ SUP Yoga classes! These classes are accessible to all yoga levels and are taught by Anna Levesque, who was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Kayak Team and won bronze at the Freestyle World Championships in 2001. Here's where you sign up!

Here are some other water adventures to explore in Asheville.

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