March 29, 2020
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Stand up paddling at Higgins Beach will leave you mesmerized

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Stand up paddling, or Hoe he’e nalu if you’re in Hawaii, is a form of surfing in which the rider stands upright on a SUP and uses a paddle to propel the board forward. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) boards are generally longer, wider, and thicker than standard surfer boards. A standard SUP size is roughly 9 to 12 feet in length as opposed to the standard surfboard, which is typically 6 or 7 feet long.

The sport has gained popularity around the world in recent years and has made its way to Maine where surfers and SUP enthusiasts can be found dotting Higgins Beach when the waves are just right. If you want to give SUP a try then check out these local spots that offer SUP adventures at affordable rates.

Bangor Area SUP

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Maine Yoga Adventures

The folks at Sky Lab Maine, an aerial photography outfit in Portland, Maine recently created this stunning video of stand up paddlers at Higgins Beach that will make you want to grab a paddle and a board and jump into the ocean.

For more information on stand up paddling in Maine check out the Visit Maine website where you can find links to join a SUP yoga class, SUP tours in Acadia, and more.


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