At Home: Stand-up paddleboards becoming rage in Steamboat |

At Home: Stand-up paddleboards becoming rage in Steamboat

Cowabunga: Todd Givnish surfing it up on the Yampa.

Quick tips

Prepare to get wet, especially if you’re on a river. Wear apparel suitable for the water temperatures as well as a helmet, proper footwear and personal flotation device.

Learn how: Check out Charlie MacArthur and Paul Tefft’s new River SUP DVD, detailing everything you need to know to get started. $26.95,

Where to go: SUPs are best suited for lakes, ponds and easy, Class I to II rivers like the Yampa above Fetcher Pond. “I don’t think it’ll ever be big above Class III,” says former Steamboat local Joe Carberry, now editor of SUP magazine. “But on easy rivers, it’s great for everyone from beginners to experts.”

The boards: High-end boards are made from such materials as composite and fiberglass. Inflatables are more user- and river-friendly and don’t ding.

Info: Ski Haus, 970-879-0385; Backdoor Sports, 970-879-6249.

Product pick

C4 Waterman Rapid Rider: Based on the company’s award-winning hardboard designs, C4 Waterman’s new 10-foot iSUP Rapid Rider is an inflatable SUP specifically designed for river use by blending stability and hull speed. Light and thick enough for river surf, it still can cruise lakes thanks to rocker in all the right places. $1,350 with travel bag and pump,