Yesterday, I saw a person rowing an oar while standing on a big surfboard.
What was that?
It’s a stand-up paddle board. It is called SUP for short.
It was SUP. He paddled and took off while standing on the board. It doesn’t have to pop up like a short board. Isn’t SUP easier than short board?
SUP is very long and voluminous, so in a sense it’s easy to take off. However, the number of accidents in which people drift and die after starting SUP with such an easy idea is increasing. This time, I will talk about SUP.
Difference between SUP (Stand up paddle board) and short board
SUP is much longer, wider and thicker than short boards. When riding a shortboard, you cannot stand on the surfboard in a stopped state. Since SUP has a large volume, surfers can stand in the stopped state. SUP is not just about surfing. You can also cruising and fishing.
Why do SUP drifting accidents and fatal accidents occur?
Since SUP has a large volume, it is easily affected by the wind. It is very dangerous when offshore is blowing. Even in a weak wind, SUP is swept offshore. Beginners will go back to the shore and get rid of this. At worst, beginners will die.
Can’t you paddle and go back to the shore?
The SUP that receives the wind is swept offshore at a tremendous speed.
If you can’t paddle faster than you’re swept away, you can’t go back.
Also, when the wind blows, the sea surface becomes rough. If the sea surface is rough, you will not be able to stand. If you can’t stand, you can’t row. So you can’t go back.
I became even more scared.
You fall into the water many times. It consumes physical strength to ride SUP. If you don’t wear the leash cord, or if the leash cord is cut, you will be separated from SUP. SUP is swept by the wind, but you are not swept by the wind than SUP. You will not even be able to return to SUP.
Can’t you crawl on SUP and paddle like surfing?
There is nothing you can’t do. However, if the SUP is wide, surfing paddles will be very difficult. It’s too wide for you to put most of your arms in the water. Even if you paddle, it is dangerous because you can not speed up.
How safe is it?
People who do SUP check the weather forecast. Find out the wind direction for the day. They may not do SUP when offshore. However, it is just a forecast. The forecast may be off. If the wind goes offshore on the sea … it will be washed away and die.
I thought SUP was easier than short board. However, SUP is more dangerous than I imagined.
I have been surfing for many years. I think I have a lot of experience in the sea. I also know the fear of the sea. So I can’t do SUP. It’s scary to be swept away by the wind on such a big board. I shouldn’t do it until I’m prepared to die.
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SUP may injure or kill other surfers
A few years ago, there was an incident where SUP hit a surfer with a board and killed him. SUP has a very large volume, so if you hit a person, it will cause a big accident.
If you hit a person with a SUP board, that person’s skull will break and his spine will break. You will kill that person at worst.
It’s very dangerous.
SUP has a large volume, so it is very difficult to control. SUP cannot avoid surfers inside. Therefore, the SUP will cause an accident in which the surfer is hit by the board and injured or killed.
I give up riding SUP.
That is wise.