Combine surfing with kayaking and you’ve got stand up paddleboarding (SUP) or “supping.” It basically comes down to standing on the middle of a board with feet shoulder-width apart, and propelling yourself through the water with a long oar. You can do it on any body of water, from rivers and lakes to the sea. Even though paddleboarding is a total-body workout, people of all ages and fitness levels can try the sport.
Paddleboarding in Acadia National Park and around Mount Desert Island is a wonderful way to experience the area’s natural beauty. Thanks to the majestic Atlantic Ocean and scenic inland lakes and ponds, Mount Desert Island offers some of the most variety of places with beautiful views to SUP in America.
Options are available for both beginner and advanced riders, but keep in mind that the varying weather conditions on the Maine coast may change the ease of paddling. Always use a personal floatation device and board leash when riding.
Local outfitters, equipment rentals and instruction are available on the island.