Several weeks ago I stood on the shore of St Kilda beach and watched a lone fella paddle his way around the pier on a long board, though this was no surfer. He stood upright, gripping a kayak-like paddle, and moved effortlessly over ripples of water like a Venetian gondola guide, minus the singing.
After some basic research, what I deemed to be an odd form of pre-season footy training, I now realise what's becoming a wide-spread phenomenon - Stand Up Paddle boarding has established itself in Melbourne.
Originating from Hawaii in the 1950s, SUP, aka Supping, provided a way for surfers to better scope the next big waves rolling in. It also gave instructors a broader view of their students.