When another paddle around your local lake seems too short, it may be time to turn to long-distance SUP. Ambitious stand up paddleboarders have crossed the English Channel, paddled the length of the Mississippi and gone from Florida to New York.
Last year on Canada's Yukon Territory, paddler Ben Friberg set a record by covering 238 miles in 24 hours.
It takes strength of both body and mind to paddle for hours on end, wrote long-distance stand-up paddler Shane Perrin, who paddled more than 900 race miles in 2012, according to a blog post on PaddleBody.com.
"In endurance paddling the physical aspect is the easy part of the race," he wrote. "Your heart rate screams, muscles engage, the lactic acid builds up in your body, and you feel like you want to puke. This all passes after an hour or so and your body falls into line. Then comes the fun stuff like numb toes, cramps, and blisters."