Stand Up Paddle – hire, lessons, tours, yoga and shop
The SUP Center Balaton is located in the holiday resort Club Tihany, at the tip of the Tihany peninsula.
Since 1988 we are running the oldest windsurfing and sailing school on Lake Balaton.
In 2011, we expanded our program with SUP and opened the first and largest Stand Up Paddle centre in Hungary.
From the beginning of April until the end of October we are open daily. We organize SUP tours, SUP yoga and give lessons. In our SUP Shop you can choose from up to 25 different models. All products can of course be tested before buying
We spend 12 months on the water, constantly testing various equipment and are always up to date.
In our SUP shop in Tihany, right at the beach, you will find a wide variety of boards and paddles in different sizes and shapes. We specialize in the inflatable boards from RED PADDLE Co. Do not buy “a pig in a poke”! We are one of the few shops where you can test your SUP equipment before buying. Take a look at our SUP range in the Shop menu.
SUP excursions, training or races – we are happy to arrange a great experience on the stand up paddle board for your friends or company.
What is SUP?
One difference between the modern idea of surfing and SUP is that the latter does not need a wave. In SUP, one can paddle on the open ocean, in harbors, on lakes, rivers or any large body of water. One of the advantages of Stand Up Paddle Surfing is the angle of visibility. Because of the standing height over the water one can see both deeper into the water and further across the surface of the water, allowing better visualization of features others lower above the water may not be able to see, whether it is the marine life in the harbors, lakes and coves or the incoming swells of the ocean marching on the horizon.
Once standing on the board the constant motion engages hundreds of small muscles from the soles of your feet into your legs and core midsection. They all come alive through the process of balancing and stabilization. The great thing is, zero impact on knees, ankle and other joints. Paddling involves the shoulders, arms, chest and back. Your entire body gets a work out with no impact and you can go at your own pace.
Stand up paddle surfing, or SUP, is a surface water sport, a variant of surfing where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard. Stand up paddle surfing is derived from its Polynesian roots. The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origination in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing” originates, another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing.
In the early 2000s Hawaiian surfers such as Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton started SUP as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. As the years went on they found themselves entering events such as the Moloka”i to O”ahu Paddleboard Race and Makaha”s Big Board Surfing Classic.