Dude, Bummer: Discontent Swells Over Big Boards

Longboarders call paddle-boarding 'surfing with training wheels'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2008 5:13 AM CDT
The competition for good waves off California's surfing beaches is heated already, and with bigger paddle boards joining the scene, tesions are heating up.   ((c) celinet)
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(Newser) – As if surfers don't already have enough problems, novices are swarming their beaches to bogart the waves. Or that's what they'll tell you if you ask about the growing trend of stand-up paddle-boarding, or SUP. Quicker—and much bigger—than a longboard, the paddle board is like "a Mack Truck" afloat, one surfer tells the Christian Science Monitor.

SUP adherents tout the boards' ease and addictiveness, but with beaches already crowded and surfers enduring long waits for good breaks, some see no room for the 10-foot-long, extra wide and thick apparatus. "You’re like, 'really, did that just happen?'" one traditional surfer says of being cut off by a paddler. "Too bad there isn’t a bike lane for stand up surfers."