Duluth · Minnesota Rent a board from North Shore SUP and launch from nearby Park Point or the mouth of the Lester River. Then explore sandy beaches, sea caves, and towering cliffs along the water’s edge. Midsummer, water temperatures can reach a balmy 70 degrees, so plunge off your board for a dip whenever you heat up. From $15 an hour. duluthsup.com
Sandy beaches, sea caves and cliffs Stand-up Along the Paddleboarding Stand-up paddleboarding— or SUP for short—is one of summer’s fastest-growing sports.
PRO TIP Randy Carlson Coordinator, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program
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“Stand-up paddleboarding is quite easy and safe if you start on flat water, wear a life jacket, use a leash, and paddle with others,” says Carlson, a regular paddleboarder and a coordinator at the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. “Plus, standing offers such a great view of your surroundings, and with our clear water, you can dive underwater to look around and explore.”
According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, SUP participation has increased almost 47 percent in the last three years. One of the best places to explore the waterfront on a paddleboard is Duluth, Minnesota, which sits on the shores of Lake Superior. Start by kneeling on the board, then work your way to standing when you gain balance. Stand tall and use your core strength to sweep the paddle on one side and then the other.