Calorie Burn: SUP

The current form of Stand-Up Paddle Surfing and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii in the 1940’s. Surfing legends Duke Kahanamoku, Leroy and Bobby Ah Choy and Dave Kalama began using this new style (then called Beach Board Surfing) as a way to stand on their boards during incoming swells.

Once it reached California in the early 2000’s, stand-up paddling formed four epicenters, each with its own fountainhead: Rick Thomas (San Diego), Ron House (Dana Point/San Clemente), Laird Hamilton (Malibu) and Bob Pearson (Santa Cruz). From there, the sport gained exponential popularity and California served as the catalyst for worldwide adoption.

By 2005, SUP began to diversify into variations that now include flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids (Whitewater SUP), Paddle Board Yoga and even fishing.


Calorie burns in one-hour SUP sessions:

  • SUP Surfing: if your runs are active, on average, you’ll burn 623 to 735 calories.
  • SUP Racing: your high-intensity race will burn 713 to 1,125 calories.
  • SUP Touring: by maintaining a speed of 3 mph, you can burn 615 to 708 calories.
  • SUP Yoga: with an energetic flow, you can burn anywhere from 416 to 540 calories.
  • Recreational Paddling: you can burn 305 to 430 calories leisurely paddling.