Stand Up Paddle Boarding or paddle-boarding has been probably the fastest growing sports in the world in the last few years, it is an awesome, versatile water activity. Because of its easy, low impact, full body exercise and great fun, you can enjoy paddling on any bodies of water, ranging from lakes, to white water and oceans. Today there are countless brands and types of SUP boards, paddles and accessories, there are numerous ways to practise paddling from family party to fitness, pilates up to surfing big waves or jump waterfalls, you should definitely try it, but be warned, it's addictive.
I've started with a beautiful 10" Sub Vector from C4 Waterman, which came directly from Hawaii, a great surfing board that i unfortunately bruised up a little in the rapids of the St-Laurent river. Since then i have preferred the inflatable river boards as they fit my lifestyle better, more resistant, easy to transport (roll in a bag) light and stable, they are perfectly designed for whitewater. We don't live near an ocean unfortunately so we mainly paddle along the rivers and surf our local standing waves.
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|Rivière-Rouge, QC with an NRS Czar 6, Summer 2013.|
|Rivière St-Charles, QC with the Starboard Astro Stream, Fall 2014.|
Actually, i enjoy it so much that i've decided to get more involved with the movement by co-creating the first whitewater SUP Facebook community in Canada, and it is growing really fast. Since then, i also passed my Paddle Canada certifications for advanced flatwater instructor.
After winning the first ever whitewater race in Québec on the Rouge River (the Rouge Challenge organized by Rafting Nouveau Monde), i had the chance to meet Martine and Julie, the team behind Jumana. Since 2016 i have tested and designed the Jumana Boards collections and recently become their official brand ambassador.