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IRRThe fast-growing sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun, easy way to go play on the water. River SUP’ing is gaining popularity in the boating community due to the skill and agility required to navigate rapids and obstacles.

Paddle boarding offers an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes. And since you’re standing at your full height, you’ll enjoy excellent views of everything from wildlife to what’s on the horizon. It’s almost like walking on water! The Illinois, Vermillion and Fox River offer a perfect setting to SUP!

With a minimum of equipment, you can paddle anywhere from lakes and rivers-no waves required.

You need just a few key pieces of equipment to enjoy this sport:

  • Stand up paddleboard: This is by far your most significant gear investment. Sizes are based on the paddler’s weight and experience. More experienced and lighter paddlers can choose narrower boards. Novice paddlers should choose wider, flatter boards, which offer more stability. Quest Watersports is now a dealer of paddle boards and can help you with the board that would work best for you.
  • Paddle: Stand up paddles have an angle or “elbow” in the shaft for maximum efficiency. Choose a paddle that’s roughly 6″ to 8″ taller than you are (though some manufacturers recommend an 8″ to 10″ differential). With the purchase of a paddle board from Quest, the paddles are included with most packages.
  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddleboards as vessels, so always wear a PFD whenever you’re paddling navigable water.
  • Proper clothing: For cold conditions where hypothermia is a concern, wear a wetsuit or dry suit. In milder conditions, wear shorts and a T-shirt or bathing suit-something that moves with you and can get wet.
  • Sun protection: Wear sunscreen and sunglasses.

Our friends at Quest will be your one stop shop for this newest sport to enjoy, call (815) 433-2200 to get more information on paddle boards and more.

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