Try out the latest paddling gear, learn how to kayak, and find out how, and more importantly why, people stand-up paddle – or “SUP” – at MEC Paddlefest.
“I like the simplicity of it. You have your board, you have your paddle and some basic safety equipment, you stand up and off you go,” says MEC’s Adam Hoogeveen, who says the odd-looking sport likely originated in Hawaii, where surfers would paddle around on flat water days, and has since taken off along the West Coast.
“It’s also a lot easier than some people might think, it’s a really good core workout, and rather than sitting down in a boat, you are standing up, so you get a unique vantage point.”
Paddlers can also learn about everything from kayak sailing to camp cooking at land clinics, then hit the water for paddling workshops and guided tours, or swap the old for the new at the PaddleSwap.
Got a tyke in tow? Older kids can take a kayaking clinic, while littler paddlers can enjoy an on-the-water “pony ride.”