SUP! No, not what’s up. S-U-P, as in stand up paddleboarding. It’s kind of like surfing, except you use a paddle to propel yourself, and your board, through the water. And, given the name, that makes a whole lot of sense. The part that doesn’t make much sense is what this SUP stuff has to do with Pittsburgh. It’s not like there are any beaches Dahntahn. So, when it comes to SUP, us Pittsburghers must be SOL.
Not so fast! Paddleboarding and Pittsburgh go hand-in-hand. Think about it, those three rivers are good for more than Gateway Clipper rides and Ducky Tours. They’re the perfect place to get your paddle on. As a matter of fact, places to paddleboard are popping up all over Pittsburgh.
From yinzer-esque tours of the Allegheny River to more extreme adventures on the Connoquenessing Creek, SurfSUP is leading the pack of paddleboard proponents taking to the water in and around Pittsburgh. SUP Yoga, that’s yoga on a paddleboard, is a challenging workout that will take your practice to a new place – the water.
Featuring fitness classes, along with private and semi-private instruction, riseUP is doing their best to make paddleboarding accessible for everyone. They also offer in-depth instruction at their SUP Academy, night-time full moon paddling, and SUP Yoga.
This place is all about making you feel good by way of paddleboard. Seriously, their tagline is Peace, Love and Paddleboarding. They really, REALLY love this stuff. And, they offer paddleboard rentals, lessons, SUPYoga classes, on-water meditations and kid’s camps to make sure you will too.
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