North & Central America

South of the Border

Puerto Vallarta’s ideal for stand up paddleboarding for the same reason it's rife with pudgy beachcombers: 86-degree water and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay. Take a covered boat six...

North America’s Top 10 Beginner SUP Spots

From a stand-up paddleboard in Mexico’s Banderas Bay, a hundred yards to shore can look like miles, especially when you don't have any idea what you're doing. But that's why I was there...

Yoga Paddling

Mission Bay Aquatic Center takes beginner paddlers a hundred feet into San Diego’s 4,235-acre Mission Bay and teaches them to downward dog (plus a whole series of yoga positions) on their...

Rip Curled

Surf classic waves in California’s Half Moon Bay—it's home to Maverick’s big-wave surf contest, but that's not the reason you’re going—by heading to the bay’s...

Desert Multiday

Escape Lake Mead’s motorboats and frat boys on Desert Adventure’s two-day SUP trip. You’ll join four paddlers and a guide at Hoover Dam on the lake’s southern shore and...

Hot Springs

The secret to cold-water stand up paddleboarding? Hot springs, like those on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Pick up boards from Tahoe Paddle & Oar ($90/person guided tour and rental; ...

Floating and Fishin’

You can SUP on most of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. The trick is picking the one with the biggest fish. Try central Minnesota’s Spider Lake. Rent a board with a rod holder from MN Surf...

Air Time

It’s not sailing, but with a steady 30-knot wind blowing parallel to Maui’s north shore, the eight-mile trip from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach Park will feel like it. Go in October...

Island Hopping

The best SUP trip for wildlife in the Florida Keys is between Stock Island and Key West, the two westernmost flecks of land in the 822-island chain. The mile-long Cowkey Channel tunnels through...

Rapid Rush

At Otter Bar Lodge's all-inclusive whitewater SUP school in California, beginner paddlers move from flat-water ponds to Class III whitewater in a week. Up to 14 guests stay in the western-style...

Urban Escape

The real beauty of New York’s Jamaica Bay is that it’s a 90-minute subway ride from Times Square. That you can paddle between grass islands and estuaries within sight of the NYC...

Green Acres

Open WaterUrban waterways for paddlingDetroit, Houston, Milwaukee—none of these cities are exactly paddling meccas. But in the past decade,...

Market Watch

In order for locally grown food to have a true impact on urban sustainability, all those tomatoes and radishes need to move beyond just the NPR tote bags and into grocery stores, school lunches,...

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