Paddleboarding: A fantastic way to explore Finland’s waterways.

In the summer of 2012, I got my first stand-up paddleboard as a counterpart to kite surfing. I wondered, ’How much use will I get out of this, and will it be dull?’ That first summer, I found myself on the water 45 times! It wasn’t boring, and I have no regrets about buying the board.
Harri Rautava, Lappis

What is Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)?

SUP-lautailija syksyisessä tunnelmassa

Stand-Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful sport throughout the warmer seasons!

SUP, also known as Stand-Up Paddleboarding, is a water sport where enthusiasts paddle while standing on a longboard. It’s among the oldest forms of surfing but simultaneously one of the newest. SUP is an excellent way to enjoy summer days on the water and explore Finland’s stunning bodies of water in an entirely new way.

Boards typically range from 3 to 5 meters in length and approximately 80 cm wide, allowing them to be used in various water bodies such as open seas, calm lakes, or flowing rivers. This makes SUP an incredibly versatile sport.

SUP: Suitable for Everyone

SUP is suitable for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or physique. It’s a sport that offers challenges for both beginners and experienced boarders. Whether you seek a tranquil paddle on a calm lake or wish to challenge yourself with rapids or ocean waves, SUP caters to diverse interests.

Where can you do SUP?

This is unquestionably the strength of SUP. This sport can be practiced virtually anywhere there’s water, at least 0.5 meters deep. A small lake or even a pond often suffices for a pleasant experience, while at its most adventurous, one can cover extensive distances. Read about Timi Hellman’s journey paddling the entire Finnish coastline from the Gulf of Finland to Tornio.

And that’s precisely what makes it so diverse; the fact that you can enjoy it in any body of water. One day you can relax on a glassy lake, and the next day challenge your balance in the ocean waves or rushing rapids.

Start SUP Boarding: Get the Right Gear

Starting SUP boarding is easy. You only need a board, a paddle, a life jacket, and suitable clothes. It’s essential to choose a board that suits your skill level and needs. At Lappis, we’re more than happy to help you choose the right gear.

In addition to the board, crucial gear includes:

We’re the importers of numerous top brands such as Shark SUP, Fanatic, ION & Brunotti

Additionally, we’ve introduced our own watersport brand in Finland called Ulappa

Below, you’ll find a video where we go through the basics of SUP boarding. Hopefully, this will help you get started with this fantastic sport.

We’ve been involved in the sport since 2013, as enthusiasts, trainers, and equipment importers. With this experience, we can significantly assist you in choosing the right gear :)

Below are a couple of videos covering equipment-related aspects.

Here are some excerpts from our SUP boarding product range.

  • SUPlautailun ohjaajakurssi

  • SUPlautailu ryhmässä

    SUP1- SUP-lautailun peruskurssi

  • SUP-lautailun abc

  • Elämykselliset SUP-lautaretket Oulussa ja Vaasassa

  • SUP-lehtijutut

  • SUP-ohjaajat

  • SUP-artikkelit

  • SUP-vuokraus

  • SUP-kurssit

  • SUP-varusteiden ostajan opas

  • SUP-lautailu varusteet

  • SUP-lautailu