I am a misplaced Alaskan that is planning on moving back next summer and in my travels i have come across the fairly new sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP.
The sport is pretty widespread in the states anywhere people would kayak and more over kayak fish there seems to be folks out on their SUPs. I'm currently in Maine and even this far north it is very popular, warm or cold water is doesn't seem to matter (i have seen people out in full wetsuits and even dry suits).
I am wondering if anyone here has or knows of people who have brought the sport north? More specifically Where are folks paddling? Has anyone used it as a means of fishing (most fishermen just sit down while fishing like an open kayak). I used to paddle off the Homer spit over to China Poot and Sadie has anyone done that long of a paddle up there (I know some supermen in Hawaii SUP between islands)? Has anyone tried the even further progression of the sport and done river or whitewater SUP? It would seem a sup is almost better for alaskan surfers since there is no laying in the water while waiting for waves, though they are not as manuverable as a short board.
The place in my heart that has been Kayakings home all my life is quickly being taken over by this, needless to say i am pretty AMPED about this progression of surfing/fusion of board and paddle sports. Just seeing if it has made the trip north yet?