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How Long Should A SUP Session Last?

August 15, 2023

Throughout the many members of the Atoll Boards community, we have representation from all types of demographics. Among them, one will find the entire spectrum of experience levels as well as countless uses for SUPs, including fishing, surfing, racing, touring, meditation, yoga, and more. As a result of all this variety, it can be very difficult to answer a question like, “How long should a SUP session last?” Rest assured, our team at Atoll Boards has never backed down from a challenge before, and we’re not about to start. As always, we’ve got you covered, so keep on reading below to learn more!

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The Perfect Amount of Time for SUP-ing

As we alluded to above, unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect amount of time for SUP-ing. Between all the different types of SUP activities as well as the massive spectrum of experience levels, there just isn’t a universal answer. After all, this isn’t the one-size-fits-all section of our merch and accessories selections. Alas, we digress; so, how do you find the sweet spot for how long to paddle?

Two Atoll Boards on Beach with Sunset Backdrop

What You Want to Get Out of Your Paddle

Well, in our estimation, it truly depends on what you want to get out of your SUP session. For instance, if your intention is to burn a ton of calories, then you probably want a shorter session with high-level intensity, just like any other optimized workout. On the other hand, if you’d like to take your time and leisurely paddle through your scenic surroundings, then you’re probably better off with a low-intensity, slow-paced SUP session. Naturally, you can definitely find a sweet spot that’s right for you and your circumstances; again, it’s all up to you; it all comes down to what you want to get out of your paddle. 

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We hope this helped to answer your question, “How long should a SUP session last?” To learn more about the different types of SUP workouts, check out our related blog, How Many Calories Do I Burn While Paddle Boarding? In it, we thoroughly explain which activities burn the most calories, which ones are easier on your body and mind, and which ones are somewhere in the middle. Additionally, if you’re worried or unsure about which types of paddles would be best for you, then please be sure to consult with your doctor first. After all, only they can provide you with expert-level medical advice, especially when it comes to your personal medical history. To put it simply, when in doubt, always do what’s best for you and your body; trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

Two SUP-ers Kissing on Bench with Atoll Boards and Scenic Backdrop

Contact Our Team

With all of that in mind, if you have any lingering questions about any of this or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Atoll Boards. We would gladly welcome an opportunity to help you in any way we can. To speak with a representative, call 877-698-8581, send an email to, or, for your convenience, you can quickly click here

Check Out Our Signature Atoll Boards

While you’re at it, if you’re in the market for a new SUP, then consider taking a moment to check out our signature Atoll Boards. Made with machine-laminated dual-layer PVC, our eponymous SUPs are incredibly lightweight, durable, and versatile. As a result, they deliver optimal performances in practically any type of paddling. In other words, whatever your next adventure might be, we will gladly bet that it’d be even better atop an Atoll Board. Until next time!

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