Santa Cruz, home of the Santa Cruz Triathlon, is perhaps ground zero of the stand up paddling (SUP) movement in Northern/Central California. And it just so happens that the largest and oldest SUP shop in Nor Cal, Covewater Paddle Surf, has been a sponsor of the Santa Cruz Triathlon for the last several years.
Endurance athletes around the world are using SUP as a fun and low impact method of cross training. Known for its core-strengthening benefits, stand up paddling can be an intensive, muscle building workout, or a gentle, aerobic workout, or anywhere in between. It’s really up to you.
I was burned out of triathlon, and my hips and knees were shot,” says former professional triathlete Roch Frey. “I moved from prone paddling to standup and I was hooked. I was swimming and paddling three to four times a week, and my swim times were the fastest I’ve ever had”, said Frey in this interview on Competitor.com. Frey, now an avid SUP enthusiast, is the author of Riding Bumps, a SUP racing and training book.
SUP world champion Annabel Anderson, also a triathlete and runner, tells Competitor.com that SUP’s training benefits are most obvious to her when running uphill.
Want to try SUP for yourself? Covewater has been enthusiastically introducing Bay Area triathletes to this sport from day one. Covewater offers SUP rentals and/or classes from three locations in the Santa Cruz area: