Hello, I am Derek. I am SUP and surf instructor at the OTRO MODO Surfschool in Morro Jable.
While SUP (stand up paddling) the surfer stands on a special surfboard with a lot of volume and paddles with a large paddle, similar to canoeing. As the paddle allows the surfer to accelerate the board and to maintain speed in weak waves, it's easy to stay longer on the wave.
Since a few years, SUP surfing grows fast and SUP surfers are not only seen on the sea, but also on many rivers and lakes. The smooth and steady paddling in an upright position is a healthy whole-body-training in nature, which strengthens arms, shoulders, back, abdomen and legs.