We decided to go on a little road trip. Starting in San Diego, Anthony and I headed up the Californian coast catching some surf, through Oregon exploring some fantastic rivers along the way, landing in Portland. There's so much i want to tell you...

Why is SUP becoming so popular?

Stand up paddle boarding is easy to learn. Whatever your age, gender or experience, just give it a go! After only a short simple tuition you can be up standing and loving it! More advanced techniques can be picked up in following sessions, but the basic skills you need to just get out and paddle are easily picked up.

How did SUP begin?

There has been dispute over the origins of SUP for a while now. It has long been thought that SUP, or Hoe he’e nalu (to stand, to paddle, to surf), began in the surfing kingdom on the Hawaiian island of Waikiki in the early 1960’s.

I’m often asked what the difference is between SUPing and other sports like kayaking, canoeing or surfing and why should people try paddle boarding over other activities?

In 2002 Corran Addison founded Imagine Surf, which is now one of the leading plastic Stand Up Paddle board brands. They specialise in ecologically-friendly boards for a range of uses.