Whether you’re new to SUP or an old hand there’re a bunch of stand up paddle boarding movies that have done the rounds and are designed to get pumped and ready for your next session. In some of these edits you’ll find aspiration and inspirational riding that’ll see you want to get out there amongst it. At other times you may simply be in awe whilst there may also be titbits of info you’ll pick up that’ll serve as part of your SUP education. In all instances SUP movies will at the very least help you while away some time when you’re not getting wet.
That First Glide
If you’re a stand up paddler with a windsurfing background then you may be familair with the name Mike Waltze. Waltze was one of the original Maui wave sailing trailblazers who pioneered the now revered Ho’okipa Beach Park: THE premier wave sailing location in the world. What you may not know is Mike owns and runs a successful video production company and soon after SUP’s inception began filming for his 2011 stand up paddle boarding documentary That First Glide.
Featuring all those familiar SUP pioneers That First Glide often gets overlooked but is one of the original (modern) paddle boarding films that’s still relevant today.
Featuring such stalwarts of the SUP scene as Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Dave Boehne, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez and Slater Trout (among others) Brent Deal’s premise for H2Mexico was place some of the world’s best paddlers at the time (2014) aboard a super yacht (The Royal Pelagic) and seek out adventures and paddling awesomeness along Baja’s rugged coast. The resulting film was noted as one of the best at the time of release.
The SUP Movie
John DeCesare and his Poor Boyz Productions released The SUP Movie in 2015. It’s another progressive stand up paddle boarding movie that has heavy Maui overtones. No less it’s still an awesome edit from an award winning director who started off producing freeskiing films in association with Red Bull Media House. He then went on to create The Windsurfing Movie, The Windsurfing Movie II before releasing The SUP Movie. Amazing photography and a kicking soundtrack to boot…
But it doesn’t stop there for DeCeasre’s cinematic depiction of SUP…
Kai Lenny is one of the world’s most progressive and skilled riders across a whole host of ocean sporting disciplines – from windsurfing to SUP, kitesurfing to big wave surfing and now foiling, he’s at the cutting edge. Following John DeCesare’s 2015 The SUP Movie (see above) the Poor Boyz Productions cinematographer teamed up with the Hawaiian prodigy to shoot Paradigm Lost. A look into Lenny’s way of life and approach to wave riding it was filmed over three years, across six different countries and whilst isn’t SUP specific it does feature lots of stand up paddling boarding and seeks to highlight the life of a true waterman. Whether you like Lenny or not it certainly acts as an inspirational flick.
There are, of course, plenty more edits to be found online and not just featuring SUPing in waves. What’s your favourite stand up paddle boarding movie? Let us know…