Manhattan Kayak Company’s Eric Stiller and the Art of Stand Up Paddleboarding

Manhattan Kayak Company’s Eric Stiller and the Art of Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up Paddleboard by Ben MarcusStand Up Paddleboarding in New York City, as offered by the guides and staff of Manhattan Kayak Company, is being increasingly recognized as the fastest growing water sport popular around the world.

Eric Stiller, founder and owner of Manhattan Kayak Company, is known as the preeminent paddle boarding athlete and instructor, currently featured in The Art of Stand Up Paddling by Ben Marcus. This excellent book about the sport highlights what makes stand up paddling such a popular activity with kayakers, surfers and water enthusiasts around the world.

What is Stand Up Paddleboarding?

Stand Up Paddleboarding has a long, illustrious history in different parts of the world, and consists of standing on a board – similar to a surfboard – and propelling through the water with a long paddle while standing. Most commonly known as Hoe he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language, Stand Up Paddling has been practiced in tropical climates for thousands of years. It’s only been since the 1960’s that Stand Up Paddleboarding has caught on as a sport in the United States, steadily growing in popularity and practice on both coasts.

While it has been known as an ocean-centered sport, Stand Up Paddling has taken off as a favorite activity in waterways of all kinds, including the New York Harbor.

Also Known as SUPing

Manhattan Kayak Company offers paddlers of all ages the opportunity to learn the best techniques for an enjoyable Stand Up Paddleboarding experience in the waterways around New York City.  Frequently referred to as “SUP” or “SUPing,” this form of paddling brings the contrast of the hard lines of city life with the oft overlooked beauty and simplicity of the naturally occurring wildlife native to this area of the world. Whether on a guided Stand Up Paddleboard tour or as part of an SUP class, there’s plenty to learn and see from a vantage point that’s impossible to achieve in the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Stand Up Paddling Equals Excellent Physical Fitness

For those who reside in New York City or near a waterway of any kind, Stand Up Paddling can become part of a regular fitness routine. Using muscles all over the body, stand up paddling works core muscles while providing an efficient cardio workout. Long-time SUP athletes have also figured out how to do yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard.

Consider heading to Manhattan Kayak Company to take advantage of the opportunity to practice Stand Up Paddleboarding, and check out the owner and founder Eric Stiller on page 211 through 218 in The Art of Stand Up Paddling.

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