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World's Best Stand-Up Paddleboarding Spots

The water sport that’s making waves around the globe? Stand-up paddleboarding. From its start in Hawaii to its popularity along the mangroves of Key West, see the best spots to “walk on water.”

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Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, began in the 1960s in Hawaii with the “Beach Boys of Waikiki” paddling out on their long boards to take photos of tourists learning to surf. Surf pioneer Laird Hamilton popularized stand-up paddleboarding in the late 1990s; since then it has become the fastest growing watersport in the US.

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