Unless you've been living under a rock or are new to the outdoor world, you've probably heard of stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP. The broad appeal of the sport comes from the fact that it is highly accessible—able to bring surfing away from ocean coastlines to nearly any body of water large enough to fit the board. And, over the past few years especially, board designs have gone niche to fit any paddler's interest.

So, whether you love the speed and competitiveness of racing, quietly exploring shorelines, feeling the rush of whitewater, whether you live on the coast of Newfoundland or in the cities of Southern Ontario, there's no reason you can't try it. If you find yourself taking to the sport, what you can do with it seems almost limitless as well, as it's become common to find yoga and other fitness classes taught on stand up paddleboards.Those are just some of the reasons we added it to our Summer Bucket List.

To find out how to get started, check out our recent how-to article: Starting out: Stand up paddleboarding.