Stand Up for Sanctuaries

Stand up paddling is among the fastest growing water sports, and many "SUPers" are coming to national marine sanctuaries to enjoy this unique way to improve their balance and get a full-body workout. In Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a stand up paddleboard can transport you to the past while you investigate the shipwrecks just beneath the surface, while in Olympic Coast your board can take you on an extreme adventure through the surf. Paddleboards can also be the perfect ticket to wildlife watching in places like Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – just make sure to give animals plenty of space!

women kneeling on a paddelboard on the water
A paddleboarder explores the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA