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Get Ready to Enjoy a Great New Sport – Paddleboarding

by S. Lynne on June 6th, 2013

One of the most popular new sports to hit the Gulf Coast is stand-up paddleboarding. It’s fun, it’s safe, and it’s relatively simple to learn, so it’s a great activity the whole family can enjoy. Paddleboarding offers a whole new way to enjoy the water – lakes, canals, and other inland waterways as well as the Gulf.

Similar to a surfboard but lighter, a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) measures nine to fourteen feet long and should be chosen to suit your height and weight. The best way to get started paddleboarding is by visiting a professional outfitter such as GUSU (Get Up Stand Up) Paddlesports in Destin.   In addition to a wide selection of equipment, GUSU offers rentals, lessons guaranteed to “have you up and paddling in no time at all,” paddleboard tours of Destin Harbor, and SUP-Yoga and SUP-Lates fitness classes (a great way to burn off excess calories from all the great seafood you’ve been eating at the beach).

“Our educated staff is always eager to help anyone with questions regarding the sport of stand-up paddling,” said GUSU spokesperson Jon Parks. “We want you to leave with the right product. That’s why we offer a ‘try-before-you-buy’ option. We carry everything from surf and touring to race stand-up paddle boards, plus a wide variety of paddle accessories.”

GUSU offers online shopping, plus a series of paddle-boarding how-to tutorials and updates on industry news, on its Website, GUSU can also be contacted via Facebook,, and by calling 850-460-7300. Its Destin store, inside “TheXperience” at 111 Harbor Boulevard, is open daily year-round.

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