Have you seen those images of people standing on something that looks like a surfboard, paddling around a gorgeous beach? If so (and if you’re anything like me), you might have thought to yourself, “There’s no way I could do that.” Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably wrong.

SUP3Rooted in Hawaiian culture, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding) has skyrocketed in popularity in the past 10 years.

When I say it is relatively easy, I mean it. Last summer I was so excited to see that a friend of ours on Lake Allatoona had purchased a board. I could barely hide my anticipation before blurting out, “Can I try?!” It only took a few minutes of me paddling around the cove for others to want to try it too, including my kids. And the results were the same every time: we all could do it!

What’s even more exciting is that you don’t need to be at an exotic beach resort to try this fun and easy activity (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that scenario). There are several nearby places that offer SUP Board rentals, lessons and even tours.

Honu Stand Up Paddle on Lake Allatoona offers lessons for individuals and groups, and its tours promise to show you some of the best kept secrets on Lake Allatoona.

On Lake Lanier, Energy Watersports offers lessons, rentals and fitness themed classes.

And, if you’re heading up to Blue Ridge for a visit, Surf Blue Ridge-SUP North Georgia offers lessons and a variety of tours on the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge.

So if you’ve thought about trying SUP boarding but have been hesitant, you really should try it! It’s great exercise, and with several OTP spots to try it, you have no excuse. Even a self proclaimed scaredy-cat like myself has done it! So give it a shot, you can thank Scoop later.